FAQ

What if it's TOO MUCH VEGETABLES?

I can suggest easy ways to eat a lot of veggies. I mean, sometimes *really easy* -- I am very tired when I get home from the farm. (Takeout? Slightly goopy leftovers, possibly from takeout? Maybe mostly the leftover rice? Reheat them on top of a big pile of greens. All melds together deliciously. And now it's healthy! Does it matter what kind of takeout or which greens? Not that I've noticed. Or: fold a hot pizza in half  over a lot of chopped greens. Possibly with ranch dressing in the middle of the greens in the pizza. Yes-and with vegetables, is my take.) 

I also usually have a seasonal recipe to suggest with the week's vegetable list. Sometimes complicated, sometimes not.  

Or, if you're out of town, I can deliver to a neighbor (anyone in North Capitol Hill) or to a food bank that wants fresh veg. 

Can we visit the farm?

People yes; I need to be there and sign you in, and I'm happy to see you.  Email me to schedule. Pets no -- household animals aren't allowed on organic production fields. 

There's a dirt road to drive and then a short walk over rough grass to Word of Mouth. We also have an entrance from the bike trail along the Sammamish River (part of Eastrail-in-development). 

Are you organic? 

I am not certified organic, but I don't do anything that would lose Viva Farms the organic certification  they have for the land they rent to me. They check my records (and an organic certifier keeps us all up to OMRI standards).

(Certification itself costs money, on top of doing the work and the paperwork.) 

Why are you doing this? 

Because I think someone ought to and apparently I can. My story roughly goes, normal ecological anxiety; then most of a PhD for soil science, which amplified the ecological anxiety a lot. I started working as day labor on a bigger local veggie farm because everything I read said that we should be eating a lot of local plants, grown without herbicides and pesticides... but that means with more *labor*, and I didn't want to just say Somebody Else should do the hard part.  

And it was really hard! Even just once a week! I used to go home and lie on the floor and groan because I was so stiff! And yet I kept going back. I was fascinated by the practical decisions made to get great food out of land right here. There is a reward in being outside all day (except in smoke or floods). I'm glad I didn't have to do it my whole life, but I can do it now. And also, my standards for fresh vegetables have gone *way* up. 

I can't move out of the city right now for family reasons, but since I'm commuting back into the city, I can at least cut out the  "last mile" delivery cost for my customers. That's why I have a very narrow delivery range (plus, keeps the veg fresher).