Sweet Hollow Farm is an access-centered, human-scale, minimally mechanized operation. By radically prioritizing accessibility as a foundational organizing principle, we refuse to replicate exploitative relationships in our labor structure, relationship to land, or to our bodies and each other.
Our farm is situated within Coast Salish territory and the ancestral lands of the Sammamish people. As a land-based project we acknowledge that we are implicated in the settler colonial system. We seek to support the self-determination and sovereignty of indigenous peoples everywhere, and commit to dedicating time and material resources in solidarity. We acknowledge that we are accountable to the people who have cared for this land over many generations before our presence here, and we intend to continue learning how we can best honor this responsibility.
Our approach to land stewardship is focused on regenerative, healing, and dynamic care of ourselves and the land we farm. We aim to protect our local ecosystem and support the health of our communities through our commitment to never use chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides.
Going into 2018, our farm operation is based Woodinville, Washington where we’re leasing ½ acre of Certified Organic land as a member-farm of Viva Farms incubator.
Our Growing Methods
Soil Fertility: SHF uses cover crop in the off season, which serves as nitrogen fixing green manure that we incorporate back into the soil. We also use agricultural lime, kelp meal & kelp liquid fertilizer, and other organically approved amendments. As we continue to grow we aim to be able to supply the majority of our own amendments using sound techniques, ranging from developing an on-farm composting system to making our own fermented inputs that feed soil microbiota.
Weed Control: Our farm utilizes human labor as much as possible day-to-day; we use a variety of hoes and other tools in weed management. Our first groundbreaking and the first couple seasons in Woodinville require organically eliminating perennial canary grass. For this task, we will employ small tractors to mow, disc, and till under the perennial grasses and create permanent raised beds that will eventually allow us to use minimal tillage techniques.
Crop Rotation: Crops and cover crops are in constant rotation to protect and build soil fertility, manage weed, disease, and pest populations, and to prevent soil erosion.
Seed Sources: We almost exclusively use Certified Organic seed, with the exception of a small amount of specialty crops that are not available organically.