Our mission...The mission of Blanchard Mountain Farm is to grow tasty and beautiful products for customers, enhance our farm's ecosystem, learn from each other and provide a gathering place for people and wildlife. Our vision is that customers, friends and family are happily eating good food and enjoying nature's beauty.
The farmers...The farm is owned and operated by the husband-wife team of Walter Brodie and Linda Versage. We grow diverse vegetable crops along with several herbs and edible flowers with an emphasis on the Italian Greens and produce that Linda grew up eating thanks to her Italian grandparents. A summer dinner from her youth might have included endive salad with tomatoes and fresh basil, braised peas with fava or escarole and white beans. Our farm grows a variety of chicories, lettuces, brassicas, root crops, nightshades, green beans and squashes. We also experiment with growing a few specialty crops each year such as native berries and flowers.
Our practices...We grow fresh high quality produce using organic methods in partnership with nature. We are making application to WSDA for organic certification. As stewards of the farm’s ecosystem, we continuously improve its biodiversity by adding native hedgerows to attract pollinators and beneficial insects and use cover crops, rotations and compost to improve the soil. We farm intensively on a small amount of land to efficiently bring fresh food to the marketplace. We have a high tunnel to protect our heat loving plants and to extend the growing season.
We feel that farming is as much about community as it is about growing food so we also offer farm experiences on our 20 acres through a Farm Stand, 1-bedroom Guest House, classroom and occasional events and educational offerings. We welcome bird watchers to observe winter raptors. With backgrounds in K-12 education, we are poised to partner with schools and receive student field trips to the farm in the near future. Our expertise lies in making classroom and standards-based connections to the real world so please inquire about possibilities.