About the Grange and the Farm
THE GRANGE BUILDING
The Grange restaurant and bar is fittingly housed in Duvall’s old Grange Hall building, on Snoqualmie People’s land. Grange Halls are a bridge to our American farming history: The Grange Organization is a uniquely agricultural organization established in the US in 1867 to unite farmers for educational, political and social purposes. Early Grange chapters recruited equally both male and female farmers and offered them political leverage and cooperative buying power, and their Grange halls offered a gathering space for dinners, dances and celebrations. The Grange organization continues to this day.
Built in 1926, Duvall’s Grange building is one of the oldest structures remaining from early white settlements along the Snoqualmie River Valley. The handsome white and black trimmed clapboard building has served many purposes over the years, but now it’s spacious interior and wood-fired oven are home to refined yet casual cuisine focused on ingredients sourced from farms within our region.
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.