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Eternity Farm is a small, no-till, chemical-free, human-scale farm that grows vegetables and herbs. We are Korean and Jewish queer/women owned and operated. The farm is located on unceded Kikiallus and Snohomish land, now Camano Island, WA, one hour north of unceded Duwamish land (Seattle). Our mission is to nurture the web of life by ecologically farming fresh vegetables and building supportive relationships through them.

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Eternity Farm is a small, no-till, chemical-free, human-scale farm. We aim to integrate with the natural patterns of ecosystems in which energy and matter cyclically transforms through producers, consumers, and decomposers. We work to provide food that holds respect for the plants, the people, and the land that we steward. Our goal is to feed the souls of all beings from humans to fungi, from insects to birds, and from forests to the Puget Sound. Together we dance in decomposition, reinvigorate through regeneration, and grow with gratitude. We want care for ourselves, each other, and the all living beings of Earth with whom we share the transformations of life and death.

 

Some of our ecological practices:

  • minimizing soil ecosystem disturbance

    • "breaking ground" through sheet mulching
    • no heavy machinery
    • cutting crops at the soil surface and leaving root residues in-ground to decompose with tarping (occultation)

      • note: tarping isn't ideal but it is very helpful as a big "eraser". we use woven landscape fabric which lets water permeate, but it is still plastic and lowers aeration of soil.​

    • broadforking to aerate soil

    • having permanent beds and protecting the soil with living plants and/or mulch

  • growing with and keeping organic, non-GMO, open-pollinated seeds

  • interplanting and building polycultures that include annual and perennial food crops, pollinator plants, native plants

  • making/using natural amendments rather than synthetic chemicals

    • compost, fermented plant juice​

  • harvesting right before distribution

  • building organic matter on the land to improve soil

  • experimenting with resilient food crops

  • growing culturally relevant vegetables (let us know if there's something you're looking for!)

  • slowly transforming the grass lawn into a small ecological medicinal food forest

  • strengthening caring relationships through food and plants

This is what separate us from agribusiness/conventional agriculture, which depends on:

  • Exploited labor and the maintenance of oppressive socioeconomic structures built upon the genocidal foundation of the nation-state

  • Ecologically destructive farming practices that include monocrops, heavy tillage, and synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.​​ The serious consequences include pollution, chemical runoff, soil and general ecosystem destruction, increased water usage and release of carbon.

This generally results in the destruction of soil, plant, animal, and human ecosystems that extend past the boundaries of the cultivated fields. It is a vicious cycle in which land becomes more lifeless as increasing amounts of fertilizers and pesticides are added to compensate. Certified Organic produce also does not mean that they are no-till/low-till or free of synthetic chemicals. The best way to know a farm's practice is to talk to the farmer or visit the farm yourself. The current industrialized food system is built upon serious injustices to people, other organisms, and ecosystems on every scale while producing food that is likely actively harming us.

 

We work to challenge the dominant institutions, especially that of agribusiness, by showing that prioritizing the health of all entities is the most beneficial way to live, grow, and share food. We farm and hone our practices in order to distribute fresh nutritious food while sharing the passage of knowledge and resources. Our collective roots are intertwined with each other, which includes non-human beings. There is much ecological care, teaching, and healing if we learn to listen and grow with each other.

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Kimmy (Emily Kim / 김하나) (she/they) grew up in occupied Muckleshoot and Duwamish lands of western Washington with a Korean immigrant family. She has always been fascinated with the natural world, loves learning and connecting, and seeks to grow rooted in reciprocity and gratitude. For them, plants are a beautiful expression of care, creation, and revolution; a magical manifestation of love, life, and death.

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Emma (she/her) is sooo excited for this season at Eternity Farm! She greets each day with love, curiosity and a long list of audiobooks. Emma is learning, laughing, growing, listening, savoring. Hailing from occupied Lenni-Lenape lands (Philadelphia), food and the outdoors have always fueled her spirit, bringing her from one coast to the other working on farms and at non-profits building towards a more just future. Emma is cis, queer, white, and her cultural heritage is Jewish and Pennsylvania Dutch. She loves to play outside, doodle, cook odd things, sing in the car, and dance in the kitchen. If Emma were a vegetable she would be a pea. Its roots feed the soil, its flowers nourish the pollinators, its fruits are a sweet treat and the plants hold each other up with strong, cute, swirling tendrils of mutual support. She is thankful for this day- for all the gifts this moment brings, and this one, and this one, and this one.

~ All of us — and that includes everyone who is reading it now — descend from a lineage of people who had a very intimate relationship with plants. It’s just in the last couple of hundred years of human history we’ve been looking at seeds and food in general as a commodity as opposed to something that was an integral part of our life that we shared. It used to be a commons, a collective inheritance. A long time ago our ancestors — mine, yours, everyone else’s — made agreements with plants that they would take care of each other. There is this intimacy, there are familial relationships that are encoded in creation stories that are held within many different ancestries and bloodlines...

 

So now, in North America but also globally, we need to rethink and rewrite the narrative of our relationship with food and seed. At the moment there is a dominant narrative in the Western world that sees plants as dead inanimate objects that we just grow, harvest, mechanize and exploit. But that dominant narrative is really just a shallow facade around a much deeper relationship that humans have had with plants for a lot longer. ~

-- Rowen White

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