North Pine Farm is a small farm in Chattaroy, Washington. We grow organic, nutrient-dense vegetables for a CSA and local farmers markets.
We're the owners, Abby and Brandon Gillingham. We started the farm in 2017. Neither of us grew up farming, and we don’t have a great explanation for how we became farmers – we just love food. It’s our main motivation for farming. We grow vegetables that we love to eat; we cook our meals with produce we’ve just picked from the fields; and we take great pleasure in sharing the abundance with friends, neighbors, and CSA members.
When we say we’re a small farm, we mean very small: just about an acre. We farm by hand, without a tractor, because we like keeping our feet on the ground, and it allows us to focus on growing the highest quality produce we can. By not tilling and not using a tractor, we’re able to build very fertile soil that supports healthy plants and nutrient-dense food.
Since we’re so small, we focus on making every square foot count. We grow intensively, choosing our crops carefully and spacing them closely, and we replant beds as many as six times a year. Our focus on building fertile soil supports this level of production and allows us to grow year-round.
We believe the best way to grow healthy, nutrient-dense food – as well as to grow plants that are resilient against pests and extreme weather – is to farm organically. While we’re not certified, we follow organic practices strictly. Every day, we make farm decisions based on the health of the soil, the pollinators, the community we’re a part of, and the broader ecosystem we inhabit. We never use synthetic chemical sprays or GMOs.
We began crafting our own botanical products when we began struggling to have children. I learned through my struggles with infertility that certain ingredients and plastics in many of the products I was using were impacting my egg quality. I wanted to create products that were free from parabens, phthalates, paraffins, and bpas to not only help myself but help others as well. All of my products are free from all of those ingredients and stored in jars made from glass, tin or kraft paper. I make all these products on my regenerative farmstead in Spokane, Washington.
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