We would like to recognize that the land we are farming on is the traditional homeland of Lummi nation, Nooksack tribe, Swinomish tribe, and other federally recognized and unrecognized tribes.
City Sprouts Farm utilizes urban space in the Birchwood Neighborhood to grow fresh, nutritious produce, nurturing people and the land by prioritizing food access and soil health.
We are a women owned and run farm, growing one acre of fruits and vegetables on a property owned by Kulshan Community Land Trust in the Birchwood neighborhood of Bellingham, WA. When we first came to the property in the winter of 2017, it had been semi-abandoned for years and had become completely overrun with blackberries and other invasive weeds. We have been working to restore the land, removing invasive plants, seeding cover crops, adding manure and compost to increase soil fertility and using all organic practices in order to give back to the soil that provides so much for us.
Starting in 2021, we will also be growing 1 acre of certified organic vegetables at Cloud Mountain Farm Center! While our urban plot will always be the heart of City Spouts, renting additional farmland for some of our more space-intensive crops like winter squash, melons and brassicas enables us to grow a wider diversity and larger volume of produce, and allows us to demand a little less from our urban plot's soil.
Our primary goal for the food we grow is to make it as accessible as possible for the community while simultaneously running a viable business. We are excited to be partnering with several incredible organizations and individuals to grow affordable, sustainably grown vegetables for the neighborhood and beyond.
Annah Young's love for farming grew out of experiences teaching high school students in community gardens. She has a strong desire to connect people to place and each other through agriculture. She has farmed in Idaho, California, Eastern Washington and of course the wet west side of the Cascades. Bellingham is home to her and she can't think of a better way to connect with her neighbors than through growing and sharing food.
Ellie Duncan fell in love with farming when she was a teenager, volunteering at a farms in Montana, where she is from. For the last decade she has either been farming, or dreaming of doing so. Her love of the agrarian life has lead her to organic production farms, small urban educational farms, and permaculture gardens across the Northern parts of this country and others. Starting City Sprouts with Annah has truly illuminated the continual joy inherent in small-scale farming.