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Littlest Bird Farm
Contact: Kim & Dennis
Address: 15624 115th Ave SW Vashon, WA, 98070
Email Address: kimkambak@gmail.com
Phone: 541-771-1923
About Us
Kim and Dennis acquired the old Zarth farm in 2018. The past two years they spent restoring the farmhouse and farm buildings. They removed 21 cars, 5 boats and 3 trailers from the property. Next came soil restoration. Soil clean up came first, which consisted primarily of picking up trash and broken glass. Next was the planting of biodynamic mixed pasture grasses, forbs, root crops and removing the non-native Himalayan blackberries and Japanese Knot Weed. Focusing on the wondrous soil beneath the superficial crust of human detritus kept these farmers busy! Littlest Bird Farm* is 5 acres and home to a heritage orchard, newly planted blueberry patch, large garden, two hoop houses and rabbits, pastured chickens, turkeys, duck and American Guinea Hogs. Deer fencing protects the fruit basket and vegetable gardens.

They try to keep the farm a “closed” loop which means they grow animal feeds, use animal waste for composting, and grow fruits, roots and vegetables to feed themselves and others being conscious of reducing “food miles.” They save seeds and delight in how many plants thrive in the maritime climate here throughout the winter! Kim collects spent, rotten food donations from the Vashon Food bank for her animals. This reduces the time the staff there has to spend recycling and costs for garbage disposal. Kim cleans the food packaging the recycles what she can. Growing “good food for good folks” was Dennis and Kim’s tagline for 15 years in central Oregon where they participated in farmer’s markets, had CSAs and were instrumental in reducing the food desert phenomenon the plagues many small communities in the Great Basin as well as around our nation.

The Vashon community has welcomed Kim and Dennis and they are glad to be on such an amazing farm in the midst of such an amazing agrarian community.

*Adorable Western Juncos live and sing gloriously on this farm and the Be Good Tanyas know it!
Practices
Littlest Bird Farm lies within the Shinglemill Creek watershed. Protecting water is a sacred duty. It is important to remember as any farm practice is undertaken That said, Kim and Dennis use drip line irrigation, are working on harvesting rainwater off their hoophouses, and use ample mulches to reduce plant stress and water needs. Runoff is monitored and manure from livestock is tended as a resource and not allowed to become a nuisance.

Following biodynamic practices as outlined by Rudolf Steiner, Kim plants, harvests, weeds and works with the celestial calendar. She uses Maria Thun’s annual “Biodynamic Calendar.” Bees and birdhouses are essential attributes of this farm. Mason bees were active this spring although a wily parasite inhabited the bee box, too. Top bar hives will have bees next spring.

Kim and Dennis keep four separate compost piles. One each for roots, fruits, leaves and flowers. They heat the piles with rabbit, chicken, duck and turkey manure. Pig manure is only used on the mature fruit trees after it has been composted. Taking care of the soil and the amazing colonies of microbes and organisms that live there is the first charge of these farmers. Selecting seeds thoughtfully is also important. Kim uses local sources, Victory Seeds, Johnny’s, Baker’s Heirlooms, and High Mowing seed companies.

Kim uses integrated pest management techniques and companion planting. Flowers for birds and pollinators often overtake her garden.