PO Box 487
Trout Lake, WA 98650

46 Stoller Rd.
Trout Lake, WA 98650

509.395.2030
fax 509.395.2031

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Trout Lake Abbey is a 23 acres certified organic farm, located in trout Lake Washington. Our farm is located in a highland valley at the base of Mount Adams. We grow fruit, vegetables, herbs, and eggs and have produce for sale throughout the year.

Our goals:

  1. Practice our faith in a way that benefits the earth and all living beings
  2. Live on and care for a sustainable certified organic farm
  3. Decrease our carbon footprint to a sustainable level
  4. Use our resources in an efficient manner to optimize conservation
  5. Decrease our use of food, and other resources to a sustainable level
  6. Live in partnership with our neighbors and environment
  7. Treat all livestock and animals with kindness and compassion
  8. Avoid taking life
  9. Live well, laugh often, love much

Our Plan:

  1. Practice our faith in all that we do
  2. Grow 80% of the food we and our animals eat
  3. Donate up to 40% of our production to others in need
  4. Maintain our Organic certification and add Animal Welfare certification
  5. Generate a profit from the sale of natural, sustainable, organic products
  6. Provide for a closed system of farming in which we compost organic matter to add back to our soil, plant only non GMO seeds and foods, use certified organic seed and resources whenever possible, and minimize our use of chemicals, air/earth/water pollutants, and toxic materials.
  7. Donate our time and resources to assist our community and those in need
  8. Plant native shrubs and trees as a hedgerow around our property
  9. Buy and use Certified Organic products whenever available. 

The goal of achieving a sustainable planet includes:

  1. Accommodating the basic needs of its present inhabitants
  2. Preserving the resources that will enable future generations to flourish

"Sustainable agriculture" was addressed by Congress in the 1990 "Farm Bill" [Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990 (FACTA), Public Law 101-624, Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603 (Government Printing Office, Washington, DC, 1990) NAL Call # KF1692.A31 1990], which in part states, "the term sustainable agriculture means an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will, over the long term:

  • Satisfy human food and fiber needs
  • Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends
  • Make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls
  • Sustain the economic viability of farm operations
  • Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole

Sustainable agriculture has three basic central tenets:

  1. Health of the environment
  2. Profitability
  3. Social and economic equity.

These ideas are increasingly shared by farmers and consumers, and the vision of sustainability is based on the shared contributions of diverse groups of people.

We believe that many current agricultural practices in the United States are not sustainable. We plan to make our small part of the world as sustainable as our wisdom allows.

Our Three Part Farm Plan
  1. Living Beings:

    A. Chickens for egg production —
    We have 3 breeds of chickens at The Abbey: Silver Laced Wyandottes (black & white), White Orpingtons (white and very mellow chickens) and Light Brahmas (white with feathers around their feet). These birds are known as "heavy breeds" which produce wonderful and nutritious brown eggs., and do well in our cold environment.

    Our chickens are raised in a cage free, free range, certified organic fruit orchard. They are fed a diet of 100% organic grains with fresh organic greens and fruit added to supplement their feed in the winter months. We use no hormones, routine antibiotics, stimulants or any chemical additives.
    We do not kill any chicken for meat so as they age we end up as a nursing home for retired chickens.

    Certified organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture
    Insert seals here of WSDA Organic and USDA Organic

    B. Alpacas We have identified a need for non-breeder sanctuary for alpacas. We also use animal dung to enrich our self contained farm.

    We have founded Alpaca Priti as an alpaca refuge

    To read more about Alpacas, please read Gateway Farm Alpacas
    C. Worms Composting made easy We’re now using worms to compost kitchen garbage. We add the castings to our garden soil.

  2. Growing Things

    We are currently certified organic for fruit and vegetables

    We produce both fresh fruit and vegetables and dried fruit

    We want to add live herb and start sales

    Certified organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture


  3. Baking and Making — things we would like to add

    A.
    Bake and sell granola (using our dried fruit)

    B.
    Alpaca fiber member of a local co-op

    C.
    Baked bread for our local Saturday Market

    D.
    Jams and jellies using our fruit

    E.
    Organic potting soil


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