2012 Newsletter #16 – Meet your farmers

A key benefit of being a CSA member is getting to know the folks who grow your veggies and establishing a connection to the farmland in your “backyard”. I would like to introduce you to the small team responsible for growing your food.

Sarah Cassidy & Luke Woodward started farming out here 13 years ago working less than an acre. Within 2 years they were selling at the Ballard Farmers Market and had started the CSA – the first CSA members were friends that they essentially strong-armed into joining. It was known as the Year of the Yellow Zucchini to those who participated.  The years passed and the farm grew — Sarah was the heart, soul and muscle for 8 years… and Luke was the pretty face (which is ironic) handling all of the sales, marketing and office stuff as well as the more carpentry-centric infrastructure needs of the farm (he was a carpenter before he was a farmer).  Five years ago Luke and Sarah had sweet baby Pearl and Sarah stepped away from the hard work of farming for a much harder (and even more rewarding) job of mothering. Now Sarah has returned to teach our children about the glories of growing (and eating) organic vegetables and preserving our farmland though our new education center. She has created the most magical Children’s Garden & Living Playground, it is a wondrous place to play and learn about farming — you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy yourself! … click here to read full newsletter