Food & Farming
About the farm
Oxbow supports a healthy food economy by operating a 30 acre farm using sustainable farming practices. Our farm supplies produce to local grocery stores, restaurants, hunger relief agencies, and schools as well as directly to local consumers through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
The farm and CSA have been in operation since 1999.
We cultivate over forty different crops representing seven different plant families, which helps maintain a crop rotation to allow our soil to recover and regenerate. We also strategically remove fields from our production each year and leave them fallowed in cover crop. Fallowed fields protect our watershed and allow fields to rest and build up nutrients, and manage weeds, pests, and diseases.
Our fertility management plan is customized to the deficiencies of specific fields and each plant family’s cultural needs using only certified organic, naturally occurring nutrients. We manage our pest populations with an intricate biological approach, incorporating Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices such as beneficial insect release and insectary habitat plantings. By avoiding the use of chemicals through these methods, we nourish our members and our land.
We also partner with agencies, organizations, and academic institutions to conduct agricultural research that leads to innovative ways to increase crop yields while preserving the local ecosystem. Research promotes growth within the field and the community, which directly impacts King County’s citizens and natural resources.