Farming Philosophy

From farm to forest to river, we believe that growing and harvesting food must be done in ways that contribute to a healthier environment. And we’re big believers that sustainable food is good food. Your mom would be proud: being responsible eaters and growers brings its own tasty reward.

Soil Management: It all starts with the soil. If we don’t build good soil…the rest doesn’t matter. How do we build great soil?

  • We promote biodiversity at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels.
  • We have an extensive crop rotation plan to protect soil fertility and prevent soil diseases.
  • We plant cover crop to prevent soil erosion and to protect soil microbial communities.
  • We practice limited and timely tillage.
  • We incorporate fallow periods to “rest” the soil.
  • We conduct regular soil analysis…all under the watchful eye of a farmer with an advanced degree in soil science. This analysis measures soil health as defined by nutrient, organic matter, and biological life levels.

Growing Methods:

  • We are certified Organic by the USDA. This is an important designation for us as it provides third party objectivity and transparency.
  • We plan for and execute crop diversity.
  • We save seed to responsibly grow future healthy crops.
  • We practice timely watering which reduces environmental impact.
  • We incorporate perennials into annual production to ensure protection against soil erosion.

Animal Husbandry: We believe in transparency and avoid using marketing terms that are misleading to the public. We encourage you to know your farmer and the source of eggs and meat. We are proud of our animal husbandry practices and ensure that guests can see how they are treated as part of a visit to the farm.The Animal Welfare module outlines five freedoms for animal welfare, we abide by and exceed these standards, which include:

  1. Freedom from hunger or thirst by ready access to fresh water and a diet to maintain full health and vigor.
  2. Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area.
  3. Freedom from pain, injury, and disease by prevention or rapid diagnosis and treatment.
  4. Freedom to express normal behaviors by providing sufficient space, proper facilities and company of the animal’s own kind.
  5. Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment that avoid mental suffering.

 

We also look to create areas that provide living areas that more closely resemble natural habitat.

Our poultry are outside every day with direct access to pasture. They are provided mobile coops with plenty of space and are frequently cleaned…and moved regularly to new pasture. They are fed certified organic grains and treats culled from our garden.

  • Environmental Stewardship: We consider environmental stewardship a core responsibility.  We aren’t perfect, but we have built a responsible foundation and take pride in our annual plan to improve the environment.  Examples of our environmental efforts include:
    • We have been a Game Reserve since 1974 and create wildlife corridors to ensure minimal impact to our wildlife residents.
    • We are Salmon Safe certified and actively involved with regional conservation groups to improve habitat in the river and our land that borders the river. We also measure the size, diversity, and health of our riparian residents and take steps to improve their habitat.
    • We enhance and measure pollinator habit and have partnered with Washington State since 2015 to increase the population, species variety, and health of our local pollinator population. Our natural beekeeping policies include no use of high-fructose corn syrup, plastic frames, or antibiotics.
    • We are actively engaged in a forest management plan to ensure a healthy future for our 335 acres of forest on the property.
    • We are proud operators of an award winning onsite waste water treatment facility that has been in operation since 1975. This aerobic process allows us to recycle and then apply reclaimed Class C water on fields that produce hay.

Local Economy

Local ingredients don’t just taste good. They also contribute to the local economy, assuring both better food and more profitable farming for future generations. They also help address issues of food access and affordability. It’s a beautiful thing: local farmers grow the food, and our entire community benefits. That’s why we are committed to changing the demand curve for sustainably grown local food and building a value chain that is equitable for all. Why is this critical?

King County Facts

  • The average farmer looses $2,700 per year.
  • 56% of our farmers rely on additional income outside of farming in order to support their family and farm operations.
  • 13% of adults and 22% of children live in food insecure households.

Doing good never tasted so good.

 

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