“The Secret to the Success of South Sound Farms? You.”
“As the number of farms continues to shrink across the United States, peri-urban farms — in the South Sound and beyond — are attempting to pick up the slack.”
“According to a report compiled by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Census of Agriculture, and released this spring, just over 2 million farms operated in America in 2017 — down 7 percent from 2007.
“In Washington state, fewer traditional, family-owned, or large-scale dairy farms exist in the rural parts of Washington than years past. The number of farm operations in Washington state dropped from approximately 40,100 in 1997 to approximately 35,800 in 2017, according to the USDA’s report.
“But one trend aims to change that narrative, particularly in the South Sound. The rise of peri-urban farms — conservation-minded farms situated on a city’s outskirts and designed to mitigate the effects of a rising population — is giving local farmers some hope.
“In the South Sound, peri-urban farms thrive by supplying farm-to-table restaurants with local and seasonal food, offering agricultural education courses to their communities, and mailing out monthly community-supported agriculture (CSA) boxes to South Sound residents and business owners who own small shares of these farms,” by South Sound Buisness.