Nash's Organic Produce
- Fairs, Festivals and Special Events,
- Farm Store/Farmstand,
- Farmers Markets,
- Wholesale Quantities,
- Wholesale to Schools/Hospitals,
- Wholesale to Restaurants,
- Wholesale to Distributors,
- Wholesale to Grocery Stores,
- Wholesale to Processors
Acres in operation: 600 • Owners: Nash Huber and Patty McManus-Huber • Management Team: Kia Armstrong, Suzy Strom, Mike Castle, Sid Maroney, Sam McCullough, Jeremy Buggy • Farm background: Nash Huber was born and raised on a small family farm in central Illinois. After getting his degree in chemistry, Nash worked for chemical company A.E. Staley in corn and soybean processing. He left after five years and came to Sequim, Washington in 1968 where he returned to farming. Nash views agriculture through the lens of one who has seen farming before it became industrial, and who knows about the chemicals involved in modern food production. From that perspective, organic is the only way to grow food, and he markets the farm’s products as locally as possible. In 1979, Nash started Nash’s Organic Produce. Gradually the business grew, and by 1990, he and his wife Patty were able to purchase 10 acres of excellent farmland and build a packing shed. In 2013 they purchased 10 more acres. Today, Nash and his management team of young farmers lease an additional 680 acres, 220 of which are protected with agricultural easements. These acres are scattered throughout Dungeness, north of Sequim, in 14 fields that vary in size from 20 to 200 acres. The farm grows a wide variety of organic produce (including Nash’s famous sweet carrots), brassicae, leafy greens, lettuces, root vegetables, herbs, berries and tree fruit. In recent years, grains have been added, including hard red and soft white wheat, triticale, rye, and barley. Most of the barley is raised as feed for about 100 pastured hogs and about 200 laying hens. The farm also grows organic, open-pollinated seed for vegetables such as cabbage, kale, cauliflower, and spinach, for farm use, on contract for local organic seed companies, and for sale to other farmers. The produce, grain, meat, and eggs are also sold at farmers markets and at the farm’s own full-grocery farm store in Dungeness, as well as wholesale to brokers throughout the Northwest. There are about 25 full-time employees, and at the peak of the season the farm employs about 40 people to handle cultivation, harvest, irrigation, washing and packing, and markets.
Farm practices: All our field crops and orchards are certified organic and certified Salmon-Safe. We work hard to maintain healthy soil, the basis of all we do. Healthy soil means healthy plants. Our animals are treated humanely, pastured, fed organic barley and whey from the Mount Townsend Creamery (Port Townsend), as well as unsold organic veggies. They are free to root or scratch, wallow in mud or lay in the sun, with space to roam about. Farm philosophy: We work to create a food system that is capable of supporting our community in the long-term. This system must be sustainable, and that means organic. Protecting farmland from rampant development and training young farmers to carry on the work in the future are also critical to the sustainability of the local food system. Equally important is the continued development and selection of organic, open-pollinated seed, not just for our farm, but for organic farmers everywhere. In this endeavor we are grateful for the support of Organic Seed Alliance of Port Townsend.
CSA details: Organic produce, grain, seed, pork, eggs. Early July to mid-November. Pick-up locations in Seattle, Port Angeles, Port Townsend and Sequim. Select delivery available. EBT accepted.