- Farm Store/Farmstand,
- Farmers Markets
Horse and human powered produce, eggs, orchard, berries, U-Pick cut flowers grown according to organic principles.
Northbourne Farm is a small family farm on Vashon Island. For the 2017 season we are growing salad greens, head lettuce, carrots, beets, radishes, tomatoes, onions, garlic, leeks, potatoes, kale, chard, herbs, orchard fruit, berries, and eggs. We have a self-serve farmstand in our driveway. We will be at the Vashon Farmer's Market from June through October on Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm on the Village Green in downtown Vashon. We are also excited to be a part of Vashon's first online food hub - Vashon Fresh. Once this program is up and running, our produce can be ordered online. See here for more details.
Northbourne Farm started in the fall of 2016 with the purchase of Hogsback Farm from Amy and Joseph Bogaard, long-time farmers on Vashon Island. We are deeply grateful to everyone who put care and hard work into making Hogsback Farm what it was, and excited to build on that history. Find us on Facebook, or see our website for more details.
Farm practices: We use two draft horses, Roy and Jay, to do all of our plowing, discing, harrowing, spreading compost, cultivating, moving heavy things around the farm, and going for joy rides on the work sled. They are part of our sustainability strategy. They eat grass (not gas) and emit fertilizer (not diesel fumes).
We have chosen not to pursue organic certification at this time, not because we don't agree with the practices or philosophy, but because we view the label as a way for farms to build trust with far away customers that they will never meet. We have opted instead to pursue marketing close enough to home that we can invite and and all of our customers and anyone who is interested to visit the farm and learn about our practices and build trust and a relationship human to human rather than human to food packaging. All of which is to say, we grow our food in the most sustainable way we know how, but we can't use the term "organic."
Our chickens have a small coop with a fenced yard to call home. The whole thing is mobile and is moved often. This gives the chickens the chance to supplement the grain we provide with plants and insects and balance their diet according to their own nutritional requirements, as well as run around, breathe fresh air and enjoy what sun our northwest climate allows. In short, they are living it up, and their eggs reflect that, both in flavor and in nutrition.