Jeff and Danielle and their growing family (Faith,Teegan,Joe,and Theo) moved to Jeff’s dad’s land near Clear Lake to start Highwater Farm three years ago.
They started farming through Whatcom County’s Food to Bank On program. Now they grow produce for the Co-op,at their farm stand,and for local food banks
Jeff spent summers on Samish Island as a kid,and worked on farms in California and in North Carolina,where he managed a restaurant farm. Danielle grew up in Ontario. They met at their food co-op in North Carolina –he was buying “real food”(kale and molasses) and was dressed right for winter,she say,which was what caught her eye.
Healthy food is important to both of them,and so was raising their family they wanted their kids to grow up on a family farm.
They’ve been learning to grow a wide range of produce,(including some crops like watermelons and tomatillos!) and with no-till techniques –experimenting and learning from their neighbors and friends,literally “in the field”–to reclaim life and farming skills that are quickly disappearing.
They are most excited right now about their fall and winter kale crops –they grow red,green,and lacinato kales –which are hardy,tasty,and so nutritious.