Building healthier community ties with Carnation Farms

  • Written by Valley View Staff

CARNATION – The historic 100-year-old dairy farm, Carnation Farms, is launching into a new phase of development in the Snoqualmie Valley as a nonprofit leading the way into a healthier future.

Founded by the descendants of E.A. Stuart, founder of Carnation Milk, the current generation is transforming the 818-acre historic farm into an outdoor classroom, where kids and families gather to deep-dive into hands-on learning about healthy lifestyles and choices.

Through carefully crafted farm-based educational activities and experiential learning opportunities, Carnation Farms will lead the way in skill-building to promote life-long health and wellness, and help battle chronic conditions often associated with poor food choices.

“Each visit to the farm will grow a better understanding of your body, the food you eat, and the community you live in. Our holistic approach to healthy living seeks to empower individuals to break bad food habits, engage in the outdoors and learn the value of making healthy choices – all of which lead to healthier lives for themselves, their families, and their communities,” explains Lane Youngblood, interim CEO.

Starting this April, Carnation Farms is rolling out the start of its pilot programming. Using a multi-tiered approach, the Farm will provide a variety of pathways for individuals to visit the Farm.

Throughout the year workshops will be available for all ages, providing learning opportunities for the mind and body through farm-based and outdoor activities.
Monthly historic tours of the Farm will bring visitors out for a chance to learn more about the rich history of innovation at the Farm, in addition to how Carnation Farms continues to shape the community.

Day and resident summer camp from June – August at the Farm, for ages 7-14, offers fun, hands-on, place-based activities to connect kids with the Farm, the food system, and the outdoors.

The Farm-Based Education Field Trip program for grades 5-12 aims to increase youth access, especially those at-risk, to outdoor spaces by developing engaging outdoor programming. Seasonal community honors the Farms’ historic legacy as a place to connect and celebrate together as a community.

The full listing of opportunities and offerings are available at the Farms’ website, where you can also sign up for their mailing list, and a $5 donation will be made in your honor thanks to an anonymous donor. Workshops and summer camp are currently accepting applications, so visit today.

What’s coming up at the Farm

Spring Social, Saturday, April 15
Join us as we welcome the spring season on Saturday, April 15 (11 a.m.). This family-friendly event will include an egg scavenger hunt, farm crafts, a farm-to-fork brunch, and more. Hosted in our historic Hippodrome, guests will learn more about our programs and meet our staff while exploring the farm.

$15 per adult, $7 per child (ages 2-12) if purchased in advance
$20 per adult, $10 per child if purchased at the door

Leveraging its historic, certified organic farm, Carnation Farms inspires individuals, families and communities to make informed choices about food and lifestyles through farm-based education and experiential learning.
Founded in 2016, Carnation Farms is piloting a variety of programs that connect youth and families and lead to a healthier tomorrow.

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