The great thing about living in Tacoma is the dedication people have to sharing their story. Everyone conveys their identities, hardships and cultures through art and industry, making Tacoma rich. Everyone has a story to tell, and L'Arche Farm and Gardens is no different.
L'Arche isn't a typical farm, as their mission is to offer a safe and welcoming environment that provides meaningful yet challenging farm work to persons with developmental disabilities. L'Arche Farm workers work in an integrated setting with people of a variety of abilities and gifts where everyone is affirmed and everyone is respected and encouraged to succeed. The mission of the farm is "Growing People, Growing Plants."
The six-acre L'Arche Farm sells its products at three Tacoma farmer’s markets: in Proctor, on 6th Avenue and in downtown Tacoma. Not only does the farm have a presence at numerous community events (holiday craft fairs, fair trade craft shows, church plant sales), it also has hundreds of volunteers come to work at the farm throughout the year – fourth graders, high school students, college students, and adults of all ages and a variety of backgrounds.
L’Arche is now coming into its 30th year growing plant products and creating paper and floral crafts for 18 years. In addition to providing quality annuals, perennials, herbs and hanging baskets, they offer organic vegetables and freshly cut and dried floral bouquets. During the year, handmade journals, ornaments, all occasion cards, Christmas cards, picture frames and more are sold locally and made by the volunteers themselves.
The farms will be hosting a “Spring Fling” on April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its location, 11716 Vickery Ave. E., Tacoma. This will be the opening day of the greenhouses for the season, and L'Arche will have deals on vegetable and herb starts, annuals, perennials and hanging baskets as well as paper making and more family entertainment. After its “Spring Fling” L'Arche's greenhouses will be open every weekend through the end of June.