Marissa Acosta is from Black Diamond, Washington, a little town known for its past in mining. Marissa was raised with plants; her mother having a lovely garden and a hefty assortment of indoor foliage. Marissa’s own passion for plants began at the start of the pandemic, when she spent the increase in time she had volunteering at Elk Run Farm in Maple Valley, WA. It was here where she found the labors of bed prepping, seeding, transplanting, etc. to be both exhilarating and equally fulfilling tasks.
As the pandemic spring of 2020 wore into summer, Marissa began learning more and more about Elk Run Farm’s mission to cultivate fresh, sustainably-grown produce that was to be provided to the 12 food banks of the South King County Food Coalition (SKCFC). She felt that it was essential during this unprecedented time to help Elk Run Farm with their mission, and her passion grew. This summer, she is acting as the AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associate at Elk Fun Farm and is excited to continue following her passion and working with volunteers, interns, and Elk Run Farm’s wonderful managers.