Northbourne Farm
Address: 16530 91st Ave SW Vashon, WA, 98070
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Phone: 919-609-8737
About Us
We are a small family farm on Vashon island that uses horse and human power to grow fresh salad veggies, hardy fall storage crops, tree fruits, berries, and u-pick cut flowers, all according to organic principles.
What does it mean to use horse power and why do it?
We use two draft horses, Roy and Jay, to do all of our plowing, discing, harrowing, spreading compost, cultivating, moving heavy things around the farm, and going for joy rides on the work sled. We use them for three main reasons:
(1) They eat grass (not gas) and emit fertilizer (not diesel fumes). They are part of our sustainability strategy.
(2) They, and the equipment they pull, are simple enough for the mechanically disinclined to understand and maintain.
(3) They are a joy to work with. For all the good reasons to work with horses, I wouldn't do it if it wasn't something I look forward to every day.

What does it mean to grow "according to organic principles"?
We have chosen not to pursue organic certification at this time, not because we don't agree with the practices or philosophy, but because we view the label as a way for farms to build trust with far away customers that they will never meet. We have opted instead to pursue marketing close enough to home that we can invite and and all of our customers and anyone who is interested to visit the farm and learn about our practices and build trust and a relationship human to human rather than human to food packaging. All of which is to say, we grow our food in the most sustainable way we know how, but we can't use the term "organic".