Organic Farm

 

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 garden strawberries
Our garden strawberries
Johnny jump-ups
Johnny jump-ups
garden and greenhouse
garden and greenhouse
Our garden fresh peas
Our garden fresh peas

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 ThingsWe are currently certified organic for fruit and vegetablesWe 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

    USDA Approved
    organic

     

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