Sliver of Sky Farm
Contact: Adria Magrath
Address: 8805 sw 159th st Vashon, WA, 98070
Email Address: Adriamagrath@gmail.com
Our family farm sits on top of Dilworth Hill, and began in 2010 as just a sliver of sky in secondary forest. Now, it is 100% solar powered and the forest is being stewarded and restored for future generations. Sliver of Sky is a small 1.1-acre pesticide-free farm that supports a community of plants and animals and is run and managed by a biology professor. Most notably, besides the people family, friendly pets and prominent on-site sculpture studio, is the mixed free-range fowl flock (chickens and ducks currently) and the non-linear hugelkulture garden sporting many trellises. However the garden also supports a community of snakes, salamanders, frogs, insects and songbirds and the land contains a diversity of native plants and ethnobotanical species to the benefit of both wildlife habitat and forest-foraged goods. Sliver of Sky farm produces a variety of products, ranging from herbs and berries to eggs and value-added items such as vinegars, teas and prepared/jarred/canned goods.
We use all-organic methods, albeit without the official designation, guided by permaculture practices and ecological consciousness informed by science and the natural rhythms of the landscape. We work in cooperation with Nature rather than against it, which means we don't use tilling equipment or cover the land with plastic sheets, we compost extensively utilizing neighborhood livestock manure, plant forage for pollinators, plant native species to increase biodiversity and bird species, intentionally plan(t) crops as perennials, control for 'pests' by hand naturally or not at all (avoidance tactics work best, we've learned), control for predators and deer through a series of natural and fence-like barriers, conserve water through drip and mulch systems utilizing the natural slope and drainage of the property rather than require numerous inputs, use 'green' mulch, companion planting, provide niches for plants and animals and work with the idea that the farm is habitat for not just our family, but for the myraid of creatures, both native and otherwise, that call this place home.