Description:I grew up farming and have continued into my adult life. I grew up in the chimacum valley right across the valley from the old Brown’s dairy on a large homestead. From an early age I started interning on neighboring farms around Chimacum and Port Townsend. There I learned about dahlia cultivation, seed saving, the beginnings of market farming, small livestock care, compost fundamentals among other things. When I was 15 I started and ran a community garden with my brother to provide food for the local Tri-Area Food Bank for two years. That was my first exposure to managing groups of people (and getting them to show up) plus managing a plot of land (crop rotation, fertility management, finding funding for materials, etc.).
As I grew up, I started working on larger market farms such as Red Dog Farm, Nash’s Organic Produce, Dharma Ridge Farm, Abundant Life Seed Foundation and Old Tarboo Farm under the ownership of Kate Dean. All these opportunities gave me the experience of seeing how a farm scales up from a small market farm (like Frog Hill or Corona Farms in PT) into a big power house of a farm capable of feeding alot more people and competing in multiple markets. I’ve learned there’s not one right way of doing things, but you’ve got to remain flexible and adapt to your surroundings and environment. I learned effective communication and teamwork are fundamentals to a well working farm.
Most recently I’ve worked for Heyday Farm for 5 years running the day to day operations and managing others. Currently I’m working for Butler Green Farms. I’ve been with butler for the past 5 years managing a group of interns and employees on the diverse produce market farm.
Farm Business Type:
- Row Crop
Intended Farming Practices:
- Sustainable and Organic Practices