Carl fell in love with gardening when he rented his first house in Rossland and found a spot to start building a garden. He loved the freedom of growing his own food and the joy he got from watching the tiny seeds he planted flourish and grow. He started having dreams of someday having his own farm, but soon realized he needed more material to nourish that soil and learned how to make compost. Little did he know that seeking out a good source of locally produced compost would start him on a long journey.
It began with starting his own contracting business and later evolved into developing and running the composting program for the regional district for over a decade. All the while, starting his farm was still in the back of his mind, and through that hard work he has eventually able to buy what is now our farm. For many years he continued his contracting business running heavy equipment and started to build the farm. He raised a variety of livestock, grew garlic and potatoes and hand-milked a couple dairy cows.
Meanwhile, I caught the farming bug over 20 years ago when I was invited to spend a summer helping a friend work on a small organic farm in New Mexico. The summer quickly turned into fall and I was hooked. I decided to drop out of school and stay... for five years! This is where I first fell in love with growing and working with flowers. After all it seemed like the perfect marriage of art, my passion at school, and my new-found love of growing and working in the soil. In a little valley along the Rio Grande I had the chance to learn from some great growers and neighbours. My 85-year-old neighbour taught me how to use traditional acequia irrigation by using a shovel to channel water where I wanted it to go in order to grow the best chiles, while another neighbour and experienced market gardener introduced me to the benefit of intensive, small-scale farming. In the winters I helped out the neighbouring seed farm, Seeds of Change. The serendipity of landing in NM started me on a road that I had never even once imagined would be my path and passion in life.
Over the years life brought me many opportunities to continue learning in different fields of agriculture including time on an organic cattle ranch, working with small orchards and operating my own market garden. Eventually life's winding path led me to northeastern Washington where I met Carl. We quickly found out that we lots in common and the rest is history, so to speak!
We didn't waste any time and jumped right into building the farm we had both started dreaming of so many years ago. Now, years down the line, we found that we truly make a great team. We both appreciate and respect the other's expertise and let whoever is best-suited take the lead for each project. Together our skills cover a lot of bases and we're happy we've had all the experiences in our past to help make us the people we are today. Now we're excited to keep learning and growing together for many years to come!