Jerry Pipitone, Pipitone Farm, Rock Island WA, talks about his part in the local food economy. He dries tons of fruit, for his own farm and for other farmers. And with the odd weather we’ve been having the last couple of years, farming is a little tougher than usual.
Read more: Jerry Pipitone, Pipitone Farm
How does one farm feed nearly a 1000 people? No, it’s not the miracle of the loaves and fishes; it’s the miracle of good soil, organic cropping, rotational grazing, and a community of busy hands. Jubilee Biodynamic Farm, Carnation WA, supplies 400 families with fruit, vegetables, and meat through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program – all from just 40 intensively-farmed acres.
Read more: Jubilee Biodynamic Farm: Close Community Connections
Minutes after meeting Hilario Alvarez in the packing sheds on his farm south of Yakima Washington, we were dashing after him down and across rows of peppers that were blazing with ripe fruit. Until you’ve stood knee-deep or, in some cases, waist-deep in dark green pepper plants, you have no idea how striking the colors of ripe peppers can be.
Read more: Pick a Peck of Purple Peppers
Full Circle Farm is located less than 30 miles east of Seattle in one of the agricultural protection zones and is shielded from the pressure of surrounding residential development. Run by Andrew Stout and his wife, Wendy Munroe, Full Circle Farm is a 400-acre farm comprised of several locations in the Snoqualmie River basin.
Read more: Putting Seed to Soil: Andrew Stout, Full Circle Farm, Carnation WA
Jerry Pipitone grows organic “stone fruit” (apricots, peaches, nectarines, and plums, as well as tomatoes and garlic on a small farm near the Columbia River in Rock Island WA. They also make pepper, garlic, apricot, peach and plum spreads and dry apricots. “Up close and in person,” he describes some of the Italian and Russian tomatoes that he grows.
Read more: Growing Italian Tomatoes with Character: Jerry Pipitone, Pipitone Farm
Twenty-first century seasonal farm workers have a lot in common with 18th century industrial workers: long working hours at low pay at low wages, working conditions dominated by machines, child labor, and dirty, unhealthy living conditions. Broetje Orchards is changing that.
Read more: It Begins With an Apple – Broetje Orchards
On the date of his celebration of 25 years with Organically Grown Company (OGC), marketing director David Lively shared his thoughts on the organic movement, the organic trade, and organic farming.
Join in the conversation as David shares his perspective, vision, and experience.
Read more: David Lively, Organically Grown Company, Looks 25 Years into the Future.
First Fruits of Washington is a marketing company and they sell apples. Red ones, green ones, yellow ones, and everything in between. First Fruits has more than 223 million pounds of apples to sell for the 2010 season.
Andy Tudor, Marketing Director of First Fruits of Washington, describes the supply chain for the eleven types
Read more: First Fruits of Washington: 223 Million Pounds of Apples, and Counting