BABA YAGA FARM
FEEDING THE SOIL TO FEED YOU
vegetables & pastured meat chickens grown on Lopez Island, WA
REGENERATIVE. ECOSYSTEM BUILDING. NO-TILL.
We believe Mother Nature always knows best. Some of the practices that we employ that align with this belief include using absolutely zero chemicals or herbicides/insecticides (not even "natural" ones like Neem oil), planting native plants along garden edges to feed native pollinators, establishing drought-tolerant perennials for year-round habitat and forage for birds and bugs, creating home-made soil amendments out of harvests from the land and sea, leaving the soil continuously covered and protected with living plants and/or mulch, creating on-farm compost and vermicompost, minimizing plastic usage, and disturbing the soil structure as little as possible. We aim to keep our soil so healthy that plants can easily access everything they need and become incredibly nutritious for us humans to eat. Vegetables grown on no-till regenerative farms are absolutely more nutritious than vegetables grown on tillage-based organic farms! All these practices and more help us tend and grow the hard-working soil microbes that create nutritious and vibrant food for us. We must feed the soil to feed ourselves.
Our team consists of owner and primary worker-bee Libby, husband Andrew who works on infrastructure projects and assists with animals, and our toddler son Eamon, who is always eager to help (especially with collecting chicken eggs and picking vegetables). We are fortunate enough to be able to grow food on land that, though we do not own, is the very same land that Andrew grew up on.
In our household, we enjoy reading and exploring fairy tales from around the world. Baba Yaga is featured in many variations of fairy tales from eastern Europe. She lives in the woods in a house built on chicken legs, with bones of various animals holding the house together. She is a wild, powerful being, and she reminds us that the crone archetype exists in all of us as the wise old woman-- to be respected, not feared.