Whatcom County Farm Tour

The Whatcom County Farm Tour will be held on Saturday, September 14th, 2024 from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM! Each of the locations will offer a unique opportunity to meet the folks who grow and raise our food and learn more about how that food makes it from the farm to our plate. This self-guided event is FREE for all ages! Start your self-guided tour at any of the 16 participating farms! Each farm has something unique to offer so be sure to read about each location below.

What to bring:

  • A water bottle (stay hydrated!)
  • A cooler with ice to store all your goodies from the farms
  • Layers (check the weather!)
  • Closed toe shoes (highly recommended!)

PLEASE NO PETS

For farms’ biosecurity and the safety of livestock, pets are NOT allowed on tours. If traveling with pets, keep them safely in your vehicle at all times. Service animals that are (1) trained to perform a task directly related to a person’s disability and (2) under the control of their handler at all times, are welcome.

Farm Tour Participant Details

All About Alluvial Farms

Alluvial Farms is a 45 acre first generation family farm specializing in hogs, hemp, and house wine. We have been in business since 2015 and on this land since February 2018. Our mission is to provide high quality pork, hemp based self care products, and grapes to the Puget Sound community. Our vision is one of ecological stewardship and resilient local food sheds. 

Visit Alluvial Farms for: Visit pigs and a pig farmer in the field, meet baby pigs and pig mom’s and dads.You’ll learn why pastured pork grown at Alluvial Farms is the most delicious thing you have ever eaten (if you eat pork). You can visit with our youth staff from Mt. Baker High School and learn how employment on local family farms supports local youth. You’ll also how Alluvial Farms upcycles pork livers into a pet treat subscription for dog parents across the country, and upcycles pork fat into a high value, extremely effective skin care product, Oinkment. Shop all our products in our farm store!

Address: 6825 Goodwin Rd, Everson

All About Bellingham Flower Farm

Visit Bellingham Flower Farm for: Come see the flower farm! Bellingham Flower Farm recently expanded onto 10 acres at Nugents Corner. Once an organic vegetable farm, this place is in the process of becoming a blooming oasis. Come learn how to harvest seeds from dahlias to create your own variety and see the developing flower farm in person.

Address: 5709 Putnam Rd, Everson

All About Cascadia Mushrooms

Organically farmed & wild foraged mushrooms from Whatcom County since 2005. Cascadia Mushroom‘s mission is to bring the Northwest Washington community the best in fresh gourmet & medicinal mushrooms as well as an eye-opening experience in the fields of mycology & mushroom cultivation. Fresh mushrooms, DIY growing kits, compost & more!

 

 

 

Visit Cascadia Mushrooms for: Come to the mushroom farm for a sneak peak into the world of mushroom cultivation! See all phases of the growing process in our year-round facility, sample some of our delicious mushrooms cooked on Tam Tam Pizza, and take home your own mushroom growing substrate if you want to cultivate your own fresh organic mushrooms at home!

Address: 4771 Aldrich Rd Bellingham

All About Christ the King Foodshare and Farm

The CTK Food Share and Farm uses a team of faithful volunteers to manage several acres of donated farmland and greenhouses to provide fresh produce to 26 different food organizations throughout Whatcom County. Beginning in 2007 with a small group of volunteers tending raised beds, we’ve grown to over 700 volunteers donating 6,300+ hours a year to donate over 115,000 lbs. of produce last year to local food banks and meal programs. We also collect food from local businesses and community members and distribute that where it is needed. We are always looking for gaps to fill in the food safety net and ways to come alongside organizations in Whatcom County to increase access to food for our friends, neighbors and community. For more information or to volunteer check out ctkserves.org/farmteam. 

 

 

 

Visit Christ the King Foodshare and Farm for: Come explore the CTK Foodshare and Farm which exists to support over 32 local food banks and food systems! You heard that right, all 98,000 lbs of food we grew last year was given away to these important organizations all throughout Whatcom County. Come check out our “Tomato Jungle” greenhouse, our almost 4 acres full of vegetables, and enjoy our beautiful view of Mt. Baker. We will have a project for the kids, hotdogs and chips, and tours done by our volunteers! There will also be an opportunity to learn about some of our local partners and food insecurity in Whatcom County. Hope to see you there!

Address: 6069 Hannegan Rd, Bellingham

All About Cloud Mountain Farm Center
Cloud Mountain Farm Center is an educational farm in Everson, WA dedicated to building a resilient and diversified food system. Our own on-farm production specializes in regionally adapted tree and vine fruit; we model organic orchard and vineyard management on our home farm, sharing the expertise, challenge, and joy of Western Washington fruit production from home scale to farm scale. We host on-farm events and workshops throughout the year to connect growers and eaters with all that can be grown in our beautiful county and operate a seasonal retail nursery stocked with regionally adapted edible plants, unique fruit trees, and a diverse collection of specialty ornamentals that thrive in our climate. We support land access and new farm development through our incubator farm program, offer cooler and dry storage space for local growers and aggregation for Twin Sisters Farmers Market and the Puget Sound Food Hub, and have a rentable WSDA certified processing kitchen.

 

 

 

Visit Cloud Mountain Farm Center for: Come visit Cloud Mountain Farm Center, a non-profit farm working to build a resilient and diversified food system through organic fruit production, events and workshops, a nursery, and community produce aggregation and processing space. Wander our organic orchards and vineyards on a self-guided tour, or join a farmer-led tour at 11 am and 1 pm. Our nursery will be featuring a fruit tree sale all day, and Common Threads’ food truck, Basil, will be on-site selling delicious local food too!

Address: 6906 Goodwin Rd, Everson

All About Fair Cow's Path Farm
Fair Cow’s Path Farm specializes in humanely raised and handled, start to finish, all natural grass-fed beef and pastured pork. Their focus, above all, is being compassionate and mindful stewards of their animals and land; where that which they lovingly nurture, in turn, provides nourishing and wholesome food for their community. Their beef is available by pieces, bundles, quarters, halves, and wholes. Their pork is available by the half and whole hog only. In addition to pigs and cattle, their farm is also home to a small herd of registered dairy goats, a flock of laying hens, gaggle of geese, and a large vegetable, herb, and cut flower garden.

 

Visit Fair Cow’s Path Farm for: Stop on in and see what happens around here! You’ll have the opportunity to say hi to some of our animals (including cows, goats, geese, chickens and our emus!), learn about our first generation beef cattle operation, purchase our grass-fed beef and handmade body care products AND, if you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat from the Mobile Mouth Hole, a local food truck that’ll be featuring beef from our farm! Stop by and say hello!

Address:4186 Loomis Trail Rd, Blaine

All About FarmWild
Whatcom County has many sustainable farms owned and operated by real people wanting to do best for their community and for the planet. All of the fresh produce and fresh ingredients served and eaten in Whatcom County should be raised on one of these farms. Every person who eats food and every restaurant that serves food can help improve our corner of the world by buying locally from an one of the many awesome producers in Whatcom County, Like the other small sustainable farms in our region, at FarmWild, we care about the environment, people’s health and happiness, and the quality of the food we produce. We do our best to make the world a better place in everything we do. We hope you will do the same.

 

All About Five Elements Farm

Five Elements Farm has organically-grown vegetables and fruit for sale at our farm (by appointment), at the Lynden Farmers Market or by order. Sign up at the website to get notices on what’s available each week.

 

Visit Five Elements Harvest for: Whatcom County’s first certified Net-Zero organic standards farm. United States’ northernmost Net Zero certified residence (& farm). WA state’s first permitted farm biochar kiln for producing biochar. Low carbon, climate resilient and sustainable organic standards fruit and vegetable farm.

Address: 9498 Stein Rd. Custer

Steensma Creamery
All About Grace Harbor Farms & Steensma Creamery
Grace Harbor Farms started as a hobby farm in 1999 as preparation for Y2k in case the world shut down… Obviously that didn’t happen, but it did start a family business that focuses on good, natural, local food. We are best known for our all natural, cream top milk, yogurt, kefir, cultured buttermilk and Goat Milk. We vat pasteurize, we don’t separate or homogenize to ensure the straight from the farm flavor. Our goal is to bring good food to the masses that isn’t full of thickeners, artificial flavors or generally ‘messed with’. Thank you for your support, we look forward to another 20+ years!
 
Steensma Creamery will be showcasing their production facility (located at Grace Harbor Farms). We are a fourth-generation family farm committed to regenerative food production in conscious partnership with our animals and land. We believe that the closer we are to where our food is grown, the better it is for our bodies, our planet, and our palate. In 2021, we launched the Pacific Northwest’s first local skyr yogurt, hand crafted with milk from our pastured dairy cows. Our skyr is creamy, flavorful, and sustainable from soil to spoon. Be sure to visit Steensma Creamery AT Grace Harbor Farms.

Visit Grace Harbor Farms for: Stop by Grace Harbor Farms to learn how small farms and creameries are working together to bring you the best local products possible. Farmers from Steensma Creamery and Grace Harbor Farm will be on-site to share their stories. Come pet the goats, tour the creamery and visit the retail store to sample and purchase your favorite items. 

Address: 2347 Birch Bay Lynden Rd, Custer, WA 98240

All About Hedgerow Willows

Hedgerow Willows is more than just a basketry willow farm. Hedgerow Willows is home to ducks, chickens, finn sheep, and grows an abundance of seasonal items for local pickup in Ferndale, Wa. Check out our LOCAL farm shop.

Visit Hedgerow Willows for: Come visit our first-generation farm, Hedgerow Willows, and explore the beautiful surroundings. Enjoy a cup of coffee from Revival Coffee Co. while you take a self-guided tour and meet our friendly Finnsheep. These amazing animals provide milk, meat, and wool, and help us maintain the fertility of the land. Observe as local artisans turn wool into yarn and willow whips into beautiful baskets using the willows grown on our farm. We are thrilled to share our dedication to local, sustainable, small-scale agriculture at our community-minded farm.

Address: 1424 W Axton Rd. Ferndale

All About Home Farm U-Pick and Events

Home Farm is a family-run, community farm dedicated to following organic growing methods and farming without chemicals, pesticides or GMO”s. Located just 2 miles from beautiful Birch Bay, WA, Home Farm is proud to serve its community and provide a fun and educational location for locals and visitors to participate in the harvesting of their food as well as a location for community events and more.

 

Visit Home Farm for: Stop by Home Farm and see all we have to offer our community! You’ll have the opportunity to walk our 25 acre farm, pick blue berries and see how our pumpkin patch is growing. Head out to visit the pigs and piglets and find out about our food rescue program that keeps them fed and happy all year long, learn about the bees that pollinate our crops and provide us with amazing honey (at the top of every hour) with a local bee keeper and try your hand at picking sweet corn. Kids can ride our tractor train for free and grown-ups can shop at our self-serve farm stand or summer farm store.

Address: 8020 Kickerville Rd. Blaine

All About Lagom Vineyards

Lagom Vineyards is a family owned and operated estate situated at the foothills of Sumas Mountain in the Nooksack Valley of Whatcom County.   We farm six acres utilizing regenerative farming and sustainable practices.

 

Visit Lagom for

Address: 4298 Mt Baker Hwy Everson

All About Lydia's Flock Icelandic and Shetland Sheep

The Farm of Lydia’s Flock is located in the Squalicum Valley of NW Washington, 8 miles east of downtown Bellingham. We pasture raise our flock of registered Icelandic and Shetland sheep using regenerative agricultural methods focusing on happy sheep and healthy soil in the production of pastured lamb, registered breeding stock, raw fleeces, single source small batch yarn and finished fiber goods. We offer beginning and ongoing shepherding education, mentorship and consulting for those who are interested in raising sheep utilizing pasture based management practices. Pastured eggs from our flock of 40 laying hens are available for purchase on-farm, with advance purchase options available through our website. 

 

 

Visit Lydia’s Flock for: Regenerative agriculture in action at Lydia’s Flock Icelandic Sheep, where our flock of 100 sheep improve and sustain the land through managed intensive grazing practices. Great Pyrenees livestock guardian dogs live with the flock full-time as a form of non-lethal predator protection in line with our values of raising livestock with minimal disturbance to the surrounding ecosystem. A litter of puppies should arrive just in time for the Farm Tour! The farm also hosts Guernsey cows and heritage breed laying hens. Learn about wool’s role in the fight against climate change and how sheep are a versatile choice for small farms. Our farm store will be open and well-stocked with lamb cuts, raw and finished wool products, naturally tanned sheepskins, and skulls. 

Address: 4269 Y Rd, Bellingham

All About Oak Meadows Farm
Oak Meadows Farm is a family owned, pasture-based, poultry and pig farm. We are located just north of Bellingham, WA. We specialize in pasture raised chicken and pork. We also offer quail eggs and broiler chicks. Grass-fed beef, pasture raised chicken eggs and other local products from our partner farms are also available in our farm store. You can buy our products directly from us at our farm store or have your order shipped to your home. 

 

 

 

Visit Oak Meadows Farm for: Drop by Oak Meadows Farm to see what sustainable agriculture is all about! We’ll take you on a farm tour to see our quail, chickens and the most adorable pigs you’ve ever seen! We will end the tour in our farm store where you can check out our selection of meats (pork, beef and chicken) and eggs (chicken and quail), all of which are corn and soy free and non-GMO. The animals can’t wait to see you and neither can we! 

Address: 6285 Noble Oaks Ln, Ferndale, WA 98248

All About Small Acres Farm

Small Acres is certified organic, and we strive to be as ecologically responsible as possible. We produce a diverse array of vegetables, fruit, fermented products, eggs, and luffa sponges! Our products can be found at the Twin Sisters Market, Birchwood Market, online orders, and our CSA membership. 

 

 

 

Visit Small Acres for: a renewable energy-powered farm, guided tours every half-hour with a Luffa harvesting and washing demonstration, a farm stand with baked goods, coffee, fresh fruit, veggies, kimchi, loofah sponges, and more!

Address: 3811 Hatley Rd, Everson

All About WeGrow Garden

The WeGrow Garden is an urban garden in the heart of Bellingham comprised of 32 raised beds, fruit trees, composting system, and native and perennial plantings that support native pollinators and enhances green space in the urban core of Bellingham. In its 8th year, the garden continues to be a successful collaboration between the WSU Whatcom County Extension, local schools, youth organizations, Parks Dept., nonprofits, local businesses and the Bellingham Food bank.  

WeGrow is dedicated to increasing food security and providing space for community education, youth programs, vocational training and engagement. Whatcom County Agriculture is rich in tradition and the WeGrow garden creates connections with farmers large and small by training youth and local residents to understand and value the crops that sustain us.

WeGrow provides low-barrier horticulture vocational training to youth and adults, supported by WSU Whatcom Master Gardener volunteers, together we plant, grow, harvest and distribute produce to those in need.  As a Bellingham Food Bank Victory Garden we donate over 1000 pounds of produce each season.  The garden provides beauty, habitat and serves as an education space for school groups, non-profit youth agencies, and the public.  Showcasing how food is grown and managed is critical to a resilient community.

WE GROW is a vibrant living lab for horticultural learning and a place of hope for all the enjoy.

Special thanks to the City of Bellingham Parks and Greenways for providing this space for all.

Visit WeGrow Garden for: The WeGrow Garden is an urban garden in the heart of Bellingham comprised of 32 raised beds, fruit trees, composting system, and native and perennial plantings that support native pollinators and enhance green space in the urban core of Bellingham. In its 8th year, the garden is a successful collaboration between the WSU Whatcom County Extension, local schools, youth organizations, Parks Dept., nonprofits, local businesses, and the Bellingham Food Bank.  Come learn more about our youth training programs and how we are fighting food insecurity!  

Address: 1815 Ellis Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

All About Widnor Farms

Widnor Farms is owned and operated by Ryan and Brianna alongside their 3 kiddos. Shop our ranch Store for dry aged beef, pastured poultry, forest raised pork and grass fed lamb all raised right here! We have a huge passion for transparency, bridging the gap between farm & consumer through our social media sharing and our on farm Ranch Store where you can grab your goods. All of our livestock are raised using organically minded & sustainable practices. Not able to make our store hours? We ship each week from right here on the ranch!

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Thank you to our program sponsors!

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