Petersen farm sold over farming community objections

Gerald Petersen’s absentee heirs have sold Petersen Farm to Port Orchard cattle ranchers DJ Cattle and Land (owned by the Berry family). Long-time farmer caretakers Scott and Peggy Hall were forced out of the deal despite the objections of the Kitsap Community Agricultural Alliance. Logging on the property is in the development plan. Full details in the Kitsap Sun article. Along with the loss of Gregory farm, this strikes a serious blow at the agricultural capacity of Kitsap County. In the fertile Central Valley area spanning Bremerton, Silverdale and Poulsbo, this leaves only Pheasant Fields Farm and Abundantly Green farm. I contributed to the conservation easement but I don’t feel like attending the celebration planned by the Great Peninsula Conservancy. The easement prevented the development of housing and stores on the property, but it did not guarantee keeping the property whole or retaining diversified farming. What we need in this … Continue reading

Summer CSA

I picked up my CSA share on Tuesday. It’s veggie Christmas, a package of surprises! When I bring the sack into the kitchen everyone gathers around to see what we got. CSA means “community supported agriculture”. A farmer sells shares in April or May, then delivers a bag of produce all summer long. The customer gets a discount and the farmer gets money in a normally lean time of year. Quite a few Kitsap farmers offer shares, most in the summer, and a few in the fall or early spring. This year my CSA is with Abundantly Green, a certified organic farm. The farm isn’t all that far from my house. One of the bonuses of the CSA is driving out every week to pick up the share. I love watching all the chickens run around – we have chickens but Cliff and Marilyn have so many more varieties! This … Continue reading