Brent started the farm in 1983-4, (Mike said "I was just one or two years old at the time"), when the only organic market was the Co-op. His years building the farm into a thriving business have created a foundation for Mike to explore new markets and products, with the backing of Brent's veteran experience and work to build the infrastructure of the farm - a beautiful plot of land with rich dark soil, established beds and greenhouses, overlooking Mt Baker.
Brent sees the Next Step grant easing the farm's transition, giving Mike more infrastructure and expanding his possibilities for the future of the farm. "It's helped boost us towards a goal and driven us to put more resources towards it, he said. "It's kind of exciting to think about things on a larger scale. Instead of us slowly accumulating the capital, the grant definitely advanced the timeline for our projects."
Mike has a strong background in biodynamic farming, and hopes to expand into medicinal herbs and native plants that can be wild crafted or dried. He said, "we can maintain our size and integrity if we can just expand a few of the markets that we already have and keep it really local which has always been a core idea here. I want to maintain that, perfecting what we already have."
Mike and his wife Molly recently bought a five acre farm, certified organic as a second site of the Growing Garden.