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Our Story

Steve & Lois Webster raised their family in the home at 1815 S Yakima. It is a double lot, with an orchard and garden adjacent to the home. The Websters eventually moved but retain the property, renting out the home and graciously allowing community use of their beloved orchard.  In 2015, Tacoma Urban Land Trust (TULT) signed a lease with the Websters for use of the orchard.  At the same time, TULT also signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Harvest Pierce County (part of Pierce Conservation District) to make practical and effective use of the property. 


Since completion of the MOU, the orchard has been used for classes and workshops on the proper care of fruit trees; geared towards homeowners.  The orchard is also used for training of Harvest Pierce County Gleaning Project Volunteers - pruning & care classes for volunteers and home owners who use that knowledge to improve their home-grown fruit that will be donated to the project – improving fruit tree health, fruit quality, fruit quantity and ultimately, increased volume to area food banks.


Fruit that is donated to the Harvest Pierce County Gleaning Project is then passed on to area food banks


The east end of the land is used as a community garden, where neighbors grow vegetables.


The orchard is a visual greenspace in an area of Tacoma that is becoming more densely populated.  The fruit trees contribute to the tree canopy in the City of Tacoma, which has a goal of reaching 30% canopy by 2030. 

Yakima Ave South at South 19th St 
Tacoma, WA


Step into the Orchard and discover the many benefits of volunteering to maintain fresh-grown produce cultivated right in downtown Hilltop. Volunteers tend and nurture the trees to produce healthy, flavorful fruits perfect for cooking, baking, or even snacking. 


Tacoma Urban Land Trust is making a real difference in our community by improving access to fresh, healthy food. Our projects promote a more sustainable and equitable food system, while also enhancing the beauty of our city through our work with the tree canopy. Contact us about how you can get involved.

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