By Jess Bitting, CSA Manager
Their journey to farming is nothing short of inspiring. Before becoming farmers, Petrina ran a non-profit dropout prevent organization and Jonathan was a corporate lawyer at an investment firm. Neither had a background in farming, but they shared a passion for land stewardship. They took a leap and started a farm committed to ecological and sustainable practices.
Skylight Farms is entering its fourth season with 20 acres on the banks of the beautiful Snohomish River. They grow a wide variety of vegetables and fruits, have 250 laying hens and a small cattle herd, and manage their own bee hives. All of their animals are raised on pasture; their chickens dine on non-corn, non-soy, non-GMO feed and get to forage to their heart’s content.
We are thrilled that Skylight Farms will be supplying Seattle Tilth’s community supported agriculture (CSA) with 40 dozen pastured eggs each week this season!
Petrina and Jonathan are part of a growing group of local farmers that Seattle Tilth Produce partners with to fill our 400 CSA boxes and 200 Good Food Bags each week. It’s a symbiotic relationship — not only do our members get to enjoy the stunning produce from Skylight Farms, our food hub provides farmers with a stable buyer that matches their values, creating a more sustainable and just food system.
Petrina said that one of the reasons they started Skylight Farms was to connect with the community, and working with Seattle Tilth allows them to do just that. “We love that we’re able to support Seattle Tilth’s mission as a partner.”
Inspired to take the leap into farming? Petrina and Jonathan wanted to share the top lessons they have learned in their first years as farmers:
- Be flexible. Petrina said they have “gained a hearty and deep respect for farmers who raise and produce sustainable and ethical food. There’s a lot of sweat and tears behind the food that ends up on our plates and we no longer take that for granted.”
- Have a sense of humor. When dealing with failures and things beyond our control, be resourceful and remind yourself, “Well, we dealt with that so we can deal with whatever comes next. Bring it on!”