Farmer Facts

Willowood Farm – a Ebey’s Landing Legend

Photo from SeattleMet

Many people know Willowood Farm from the horrible, which caused hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage to their farm on March 6 of this year. In fact, we had some trouble getting back in touch with them after the horrible tragedy. For more information about the fire and how the Puget Sound community has come to their aid, you can read more on SeattleMet.com.

If you would like to support Georgie and her rebuilding, you can visit the GoFundMe site HERE. You can make direct donations to the “Smith Family Benefit Account” hosted by People’s Bank in Coupeville. Make the check out to “Smith Family Benefit Account” and drop it off at the bank or mail it to: People’s Bank, 107 S Main St., #101, Coupeville, WA 98239. Please sign-up here to receive volunteer alerts and email updates about Willowood Farm. Visit their donation page and events listing for other ways to get involved. You can also follow them on Facebook.

However, not to be defined by the fire, Willowood Farm STILL has an AMAZING list of products. In fact, much of the Coop fresh list this month comes from the Willowood farm. Georgie’s personality, lengthy lists of fresh vegetables available every week, and the Willowood produce, are equally wonderful. They provide the Anacortes Food Coop and chefs all over the Sound with truly beautiful, organic vegetables. They have been farming the Smith Family land since the late 1800s. The following is an account of their history straight from the Willowood Farm website:

History

Willowood Farm has been run by the Smith family since the late 1800s. At one point the farm was over 400 acres and grew field crops such as barley, peas, winter squash and even iris bulbs.  In the 1960s and 70s we ran a lot of cattle and horses on the farm.

In the late 70s, the farm was key to a push to save the beautiful and jeopardized farm land of Central Whidbey Island.  In 1978 the farm, and surrounding 17,000 acres, were designated as the first ever “reserve” under the auspices of the National Park Service.  Known as the Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve, it is a special kind of park with land mostly privately owned but without developmental rights.  The area preserves the historic, cultural integrity of the small farming community it was when first settled.

In the late 70s and early 80s, the Smith family moved away from farming the land and most of Farmer Georgie’s childhood growing up on the farm we were not actively farming.  However when Georgie moved back onto the farm with her family in the 1990s, she started with a small vegetable farm.  That grew, and grew and grew!  Now growing on approximately 12 acres, we plant more than 200 named varieties of vegetables yearly growing and producing almost year round.

Farmer Georgie has a journalism degree and concentrates her time managing the farm, dealing with customers and all that fun stuff.

Father Bill is right hand mechanic and special projects man.

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