What We Do.
Why We Do It
How We Do It
What It Means For You
Pretty simple really, we do our best to raise the healthiest sheep and
grow our garlic, shallots, specialty onions, and gourmet potatoes as
naturally as possible.
At the same time our goal is to make sure the land we have taken
stewardship of is better when we leave it then it was when we found it.
That's a llittle more complicated. Why we raise our sheep and grow our
produce naturally and sustainably is pretty simple. It produces the kind
of food we want to feed ourselves and feed our family and friends. Why
we farm, why we live in a remote area of north central Washington, there
are a number of reasons.
Your host, Farmer Bill, spent his formative years on a farm in north east
Ohio. His parents moved him off the farm and into the suburbs but they
never took the country out of him. He literally grew up with baby animals
on the farm. Learning the ways of the shepherd is a constant joy and
completely natural for him.
Farmer Eva was a Garden Goddess in an urban environment and has
brought her gift to the country. She's taking really good dirt and turning
it into truly remarkable, living soil. Each year, the gardens are more
beautiful and bountiful under her supervision and effort.
Welcome to Island Mountain Farm's home on the Internet. Nothing fancy but hopefully you'll enjoy your visit.
Our goal is to share a little of our life here, provide you with some information you'll find interesting, and maybe bring a smile to your face while
we do it. It's quite a challenge being a new, old farmer or an old, new farmer. Both are filled with rewards. With that said, let's get started.
The simple answer here is: holistically. Books have been written on the
subject, trust us we've read a few. Farming holistically is anything but
simple. It's a matter of observation, balance, and intuition. Obviously
using shortcuts will not accomplish that goal. For at least 30 years this
land has never had chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides applied
to it. We have made a decision to farm biodynamically and are
implementing those disciplines and techniques in our work.
Another simple answer, it means you have access to the same food we
grow for ourselves. Our food is as safe, fresh, nutritious, and as tasty we
can make it. There is nothing we offer to you that we don't eat ourselves.
Places to Visit While You're at Our Farm
Meet the Flock
The Farm as a Whole
Our animals and produce are raised and grown with love and respect. We ensure that they are havested and processed with love and respect.
If you cook our food with love and respect and then serve it with love and respect, you will eat love and respect, and that can provide a healing lacking in much of our society.
Island Mountain Farm
PO Box 1448
Tonasket, WA 98855
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