Vegetable production is certified organic through Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA). Nearly one acre is planted in a mix of vegetables. The main crops for 2019 are carrots, parsnips, beets, kale, winter squash, snap peas, fresh onion, garlic, shallots, and romanesco.
Please see “Marketing” on the Home page for details on where vegetables are sold.
The state of Alaska allows farmers to operate a herd share. Raw milk can only be distributed to herd share members. Because of high demand, and a lack of local farmers producing milk, it is likely our herd share is full for the coming season. However, inquiries are always welcome. Please see the Contact page.
The farm produces compost for use on-farm and for sale. The primary components are cows’ manure and bedding materials such as wasted hay, straw, and wood shavings. Pile temperature is monitored and pile turning is done to ensure thorough heating. Worms have taken up the job of pile finishing. These worms appear to have come from the environment, they were not introduced by the farmer. They are very impressed with composting barn yard materials.
Availability and price by request. Please see the contact page.
Organic farming is not only about the vegetables produced. It is about the big picture, about everything living, from the soil to the insects. Providing habitat for beneficial insects is part of maintaining balance.
Beneficial insect mix is planted in areas between row crops.
White Admiral Butterfly
Wood frog (when not frozen)
Parsnip and soil profile
In 2019, vegetables will be marketed primarily through:
Bender Mountain Farm’s CSA
Home sales to Herd Share Members
Fall Sale at Stone Soup (in collaboration with other farms)
Cripple Creek Organics is essentially a two acre hole cut out of the boreal forest. The land is generally southeast facing, somewhat rolling. Several large terraces help with keep the irrigation lines reasonably level. Vegetables are planted on roughly one acre. As of 2017, there is another acre now in pasture. This wraps around the veggie field giving the cows and farmer lots of opportunities to keep an eye on one other.