Mukai Farm and Garden is a great place to experience a HUGE part of Vashon Island’s heritage.
Below is a great video showcasing Mukai Farm and Garden:
Mukai Farm & Garden, in the center of Vashon Island, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The site includes:
Now on the National Register of Historic Places, the restored Mukai house offers a glimpse into the life of the Mukai family from 1926 to 1942. The house is charming, full of educational signage, available for parties and events, and is open to the public repeatedly throughout the year. Check the events calendar.
The Japanese Garden
Designed and installed during the 1930’s by Kuni Mukai, a Japanese immigrant, her “hill garden” features extensive rockwork, plantings and a surrounding pond. The Garden is under restoration; this work will be completed this winter. The Garden will once again be a beautiful setting for all manner of events.
The Fruit Barreling Plant
After purchasing the 60 acres in 1926, the family immediately constructed the Barreling Plant—the facility used to process and pack their strawberry harvest as well as that of other berry farmers. With this entrepreneurial process, the family shipped berries all across the United States.
Restoration of the Barreling Plant will begin in the summer of 2019. With over 6000’, the building will include a public gathering space as well as tenants that compliment the original use of the site.
Paths and trails
Mukai is adjacent to Island Center forest with paths and Mukai Pond. Visit Mukai: come stroll, walk, picnic, tour, attend an event or party. Learn about Vashon’s Japanese American and agricultural heritage at this important island treasure.
Friends of Mukai, a Vashon Island based non-profit that operates the Mukai Farm & Garden has worked to secure and preserve the Mukai house, garden, and Fruit Barreling Plant—all constructed almost 90 years ago, since 2012.
We are in the process of raising restoration funds for the Fruit Barreling Plant. Our goal is to secure phase one funds by mid-2019, stabilize the building, and begin a tenant selection process.
For more information on Friends of Mukai, our accomplishments, our goals, our programming, our events, and usage of the facility, please email them.