Protected Farms

Wild Hare Organic Farm

Location: Tacoma, WA
Date Protected: 2017
Acres: 21

Current Farmer:

Though they are Puget Sound natives, Mark and Katie Green fell into organic farming on the East End of Long Island selling to chefs and eaters in New York. After bringing their daughter Hazel into the world, they decided to put down roots in Western Washington. With the support of family, friends, and fellow farmers, they established Wild Hare Organic Farm shortly after Hazel’s first birthday. Today, they aim to protect the family-farm tradition of their historic property, promote the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, and grow uncommonly delicious and nutritious food.

Project Background:

At Wild Hare Organic Farm, Mark and Katie grow hundreds of varieties of vegetables, fruit, and herbs. In 2015, the Green family became the next generation of farmers and stewards of land that Dick and Terry Carkner cultivated as Terry’s Berries for more than 30 years. While we purchased a conservation easement to protect the farm in perpetuity, Mark and Katie purchased the land from the Carkner’s, which meant we were able to preserve this iconic farm while ensuring it lives on with a new generation.

Property Description:

Located right between Tacoma and Puyallup, this property provides both cities with direct access to local produce. Its location also meant it was at high risk of conversion to incompatible, non-farm uses. At 21 acres, Wild Hare is smaller than the average farm in Pierce County, but represents an important anchor farm at the intersection of urban and rural life in Pierce County.

Farm Products:

Certified Organic vegetables, fruit, eggs, and herbs