Tani Creek Farm is on an island in the Puget Sound that is still mostly forested and has very little farmland. It is in the greater Seattle area and has good markets. We use only rainwater via ponds to irrigate, and use solar power to run all electricity. We grow on a southwest facing slope that is swaled and bermed to catch all runoff water/irrigation. We have a unique and very diverse orchard. We utilize permaculture design and biodynamics. We grow out a lot of OP biodynamic and organic vegetable varieties for seed. We are also doing year round production on the farm in solar heated high tunnels during the winter. We are a small family farm/market garden/CSA that also sells to our local restaurants and stores all within a few miles of the farm.
Size of farm: 25 acres total, all certified organic
Diversity of produce and livestock: 3/4 acre mixed vegetables, 2.5 acres mixed fruit trees/shrubs, 2.5 acre pasture, 4 highland cattle, Alpine dairy goats, Welsh Harlequin and Saxony ducks, Shetland, Pilgrim, and American Buff geese.
Skills that can be learned: See Tani Creek Farm's Skills Checklists (PDF).
Apprenticeship details: Apprentices work full time and are involved in all farm work. We go to other farms/conferences and have an extensive library of eco-agricultural and biodynamic books and journals. Training includes the following; the necessary record keeping for NOP compliance. Building greenhouses, laying irrigation, propagation, cultivation, harvesting/packing, composting, CSA management/accounting, working the farmers market. Working with Biodynamic preparations and planting calendar. Organic seed breeding, selection, and saving. Opportunities to learn/do butchering, milking, making cheese/bread, fermentation, ayurvedic cooking. Apprentices are paid a stipend, we have bedrooms, bathrooms/showers, and kitchen available for interns. Access to as much organic produce as one wants.
Name of farmer: Max Sassenfeld
Address: 3377 Tani Creek Road, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110