By Jess Bitting, Farm Hub Coordinator
It’s spring and our Seattle Tilth Farm Works farmers are busy gearing up for another big growing season. We are hoping to feed 400 community supported agriculture (CSA) members, distribute 5,500 Good Food Bags, participate in three Seattle farmers markets and host our own farm stand at our Food and Farm Hub warehouse in Rainier Beach neighborhood. This means we are actively planning the season with all of our farmers involved to accomplish these goals.
Lucas Howe is one of our returning farmers at Seattle Tilth Farm Works and he’s excited to deepen his farming experience. At the age of 24, Lucas is developing a deep love and appreciation for nurturing the land. Lucas has lived in Washington for most of his life, and he has participated in other farm training programs including Evergreen’s Practicing Sustainable Agriculture program and Enterprise for Equity’s Agripreneuer program.
After touring the farm, Lucas became interested in joining Seattle Tilth Farm Works. He wanted the infrastructure support and the dependable market outlet of the CSA needed to start his farm. During the first year, Lucas’ farm business, The Root Cellar, sold garlic scapes, green garlic and cured heads through our CSA. Now in his second year, Lucas has doubled production to a ¼ acre of growing space, entirely focused on the production of garlic. This year he is exploring different value-added options, including pickled garlic scapes.
Lucas said one of his favorite memories last year was “being able to take a breath after finishing the harvest and hanging all of my garlic to cure.” Thanks to Lucas our root cellar is stocked with garlic this year.
You can support Lucas and other beginner farmers through Seattle Tilth’s CSA. Sign up by June 5 to receive 20 weeks of locally and organically grown produce from Seattle Tilth Farm Works farmers and over 20 partner farms. Other locally produced items will also be available as add-ons including pastured eggs, legumes, cheeses, sauerkraut, honey and more. There are over 20 Seattle pick-up locations to choose from.