Family Education and Support Services

We provide support for child caregivers in the form of education and support groups for biologic, non-biologic, kinship and foster parents.  Anyone interested in helping families secure healthy and sustainable food are welcome.


GRuB is a 501(c)3 community-based non-profit located in Olympia, WA. Our mission is to grow healthy food, people & community. With our roots in the land, we create opportunities for people to learn, lead & thrive. Through our diverse programs, we offer many food-related resources, including building free gardens for low-income families, building sliding-scale gardens for mixed income families, offering field trips, camps & education to youth & adults of all ages and so much more.  Visit our website to learn more about how GRuB serves our community & how we could be of service to you.   

Hercules Farm

A small family farm in Tenino producing pasture raised wool products, lamb, and turkey.

Olympia Farmers Market

The mission of the Olympia Farmers Market is to promote and encourage the development of local, small-scale agriculture and ensure a dynamic market balance for small, local growers and others to make available their products to residents of this community.

In operation since 1975, the Olympia Farmers Market is home to over 50 farmers who generate $1.7 million in annual agricultural sales. With a dedicated staff, comprised of two managers and a committed Board of Directors, the Olympia Farmers Market is proud to be an active component of the Olympia food, farming and artisan community for over 40 years.

Centrally located in downtown Olympia, at the northernmost tip of Capitol Way North,  market shoppers will enjoy Washington State & locally grown produce, fresh fruit, artisan crafts, baked goods, meat, dairy, and specialties, with eight distinct restaurants, all set to daily live music. In the 152 days of our market season, we see approximately 400,000 visitors.

We hope to meet you at the Olympia Farmers Market, open year round: January through March every Saturday; April through October every Thursday through Sunday; November & December on Saturdays and Sundays only, with a special three days of holidays shopping on every December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th; ALWAYS from 10AM – 3PM.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and visit our website for more information about:
becoming a vendor
utilizing SNAP/EBT, Fresh Bucks, WIC / Senior Farmers Market Checks  
up to date music & events calendar
finding your favorite vendors
signing up for the Farmers Market email list & more

Thank you for shopping local habitually! We’ll see you at the Market!

Port of Olympia

The Port’s mission includes economic development, environmental stewardship and community benefit.  Sometimes we provide funding or other resources for agriculture initiatives, e.g. grain studies with WSU extention, Ag Business Hub support in Tenino.  We can also co-sponsor events.

Senior Services for South Sound

Senior Services offers a wide range of programs for seniors and their families include adult day care, Meals on Wheels, Senior Community Dining, Senior Transportation services, the Care Connection Caregiver Registry, social services, health programs, adult learning, and independent living programs. The largest program offered by Senior Services for South Sound is the Senior Nutrition Program provided in both Mason and Thurston counties. This program alone provides over 110,000 meals each year to 3,000 individual seniors.

Administration & Olympia Senior Center
222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center
6757 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Monday – Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sustainable South Sound

Our Local Food Systems Program provides everyone with the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience of growing food in their own front and backyards and in community gardens.

The Evergreen State College

To participate in formal systems-based degree programs about sustainable agriculture, soil science, and local food systems; to attend a lecture or event about food system topics that are open to the public; to purchase flowers and produce from the Evergreen organic farm on market day.

Thurston Asset Building Coalition

The Thurston Asset Building Coalition engages community leaders and partners in the work of building alliances across sectors and supports these communities through collaborative learning events, community advocacy, and the promotion of services in the financial education arena.

Because we define asset building broadly, as the supports and programs that stabilize and broaden individual’s resources, our work focuses on four vital areas: Food Security, Housing, Health and Economic Advancement, for individuals and families with limited incomes – so that they may become more resilient and prosperous.

If you would like to come together around emerging issues in the community, join the Thurston Asset Building Coalition at one of our four “Hub” meetings and learn how you can get involved.

South Sound Food Systems Network
Thurston Asset Building Coalition Economic Advancement Hub
Homeless Housing Hub
Safety Net Council of Thurston County

Thurston Conservation District

Thurston Conservation District, a non-regulatory agency, strives to conserve and sustain the beneficial use and protection of local natural resources through partnerships with the County’s rural, agricultural, and urban communities, as well as local, state, federal, and tribal agencies.

Thurston County Public Health and Social Services

At Thurston County Public Health and Social Services (TCPHSS), we want everyone to achieve their highest level of health and well-being.  To achieve that goal, we engage with our community through programs that improve maternal family health, provide resources for veterans, the developmentally disabled, and for other marginalized communities, as well as through important work in environmental health, emergency preparedness and disease control and prevention.  TCPHSS collaborates with community partners to help improve healthy eating environments in Thurston County – some prior projects include healthy eating strategies at worksites, Chronic Disease Self-Management, healthier children’s menus in restaurants, farm-to-market at local convenience stores, Healthy Child Weight Coalition, community garden assessments and establishment of new community gardens, Thurston Thrives Food Action Team, sodium reduction in worksite cafeterias, and Smarter Lunchrooms Movement in local schools.  We maintain a website for community gardens in Thurston County TCPHSS also conducts periodic inspections of food establishments to help prevent the spread and reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. Inspectors provide technical assistance to food establishments as needed. Inspection results are posted for the public to make informed choices as to where they eat.  

Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC)

We provide direct one on one business coaching and technical support to agricultural businesses (and all businesses).  We also support the agricultural industry as a whole in a wide variety of ways, including data & research, coalition building and advocacy, strategic planning and infrastructure gap identification.

We are also building an agricultural-focused business park in rural Thurston County in the City of Tenino which will focus on value-added processing, manufacturing & packaging, business technical support, agritourism, research and education.

Tumwater Town Center Farmers Market

The Tumwater Farmers Market encourages commerce, entertainment, and trade in the Tumwater town center. We strive to educate the public about the benefits of preserving local agriculture and making healthy food choices. We seek to improve the nutritional health and social wellbeing of our community.

Washington State University

WSU Extension Thurston County provides research-based information and educational programs to farmers, consumers, decision-makers, and others involved in the South Sound food system.