Oxbow’s mission is to discover, practice, and promote land use strategies that sustain diverse habitats while providing for human needs. Located 30 minutes from Seattle in Western Washington’s Snoqualmie Valley, we:
- Operate a 30-acre certified organic farm that supplies food directly to local consumers, restaurants, grocery stores, hunger relief agencies, and schools.
- Connect children to nature through year-round environmental education programs delivered on the farm and in the classroom, lunchroom, and school gardens.
- Run a native plant nursery that produces plants for habitat restoration projects, educational gardens and urban landscapes, and conducts research on native plant propagation using sustainable growing methods.
- Restore degraded river and forest habitats and monitor the effects on plant and animal populations.
- Conduct and facilitate research in agriculture, conservation, native plant production and program evaluation.
- Engage public action in conservation through a variety of short and long term volunteer opportunities.
Oxbow in the Classroom & Farm-to-School
In coordination with Sno-Valley Tilth and the Riverview and Monroe School Districts, we are working to streamline the farm-to-cafeteria supply chain to ensure our local students have access to the abundance of healthy produce grown in their backyards. Read more about our farm-to-school efforts here.
Gleaning and Farm-to-Food Bank
One of Oxbow’s goals has always been to grow our impact and expand our reach to demographics beyond the educated and upper-income communities who are the traditional supporters of local, organic farms.
Oxbow has had a strong partnership with Hopelink and Rotary Harvest since 2012, when we began working together to develop a regional gleaning program to strengthen the farm-to-food bank connection in the Snoqualmie Valley. Over the past four seasons, we have donated over 25,000 pounds of produce to Hopelink and hosted over 80 gleaning events.
Regular volunteer gleaning parties are every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. See our volunteer page for more details.