Heart + Earth = HEARTH
Sarah and Luke’s soulful growing grounds is Hearth Farm. It is on Snoqualmie People’s land. A hearth, by definition, holds the fire in the center of the home where all the cooking used to be done. Hearth provides warmth and light, food and family. It is a symbol of what sustains us.
Upper Hearth Farm surrounds our home on 4 acres and houses our pig operation, propagation house, asparagus patch, other perennial vegetables and herbs, and various apple, pear, plum, fig, service berry, and cherry trees. Lower Hearth is 1 acre currently perched on our friend’s Claire and Dave’s land in the valley, where the soil is that famously robust, nourishing, alluvial type. All the annual row cropping happens here: peas, carrots, lettuce, kale, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, radishes, the 3 Sisters, and sundry other produce.
Both patches provide food for humans, yes, but equally for the wildlife who live here: from the small essential workers—microbial soil creatures—to worms, beetles, bees, spiders, snakes, birds, bats, coyotes, deer, bobcats, cougars, bears, the slimy and furry things also trying to make a living. We till nominally, leave wild places wild, let stuff rot, provide shade, mow infrequently, and leave food to feed them and keep them healthy. A wise organic farmer relies on good relations with these neighbors and allies. We are at their mercy in maintaining soil and ecosystem balance.