Full Circle’s local produce comes from their certified organic farm in the Carnation Valley and trusted, organic farm partners. They work hard to ensure that your food is grown in the most environmentally sustainable way possible, and they deliver right to your home.
In 1996, Andrew Stout and Wendy Munroe started Full Circle Farm on five acres nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain Range, 30 miles east of Seattle. In 2000, they moved into the lush, historic dairy farmland of the Carnation Valley, where they currently farm 137 acres of organic vegetables. Leafy greens and root crops grow very well in this wet and cool climate. The fields are often flooded November through April, leaving a short growing season of May through October. The Snoqualmie River horseshoes the property. Its tributaries that run through the farm, namely Griffin Creek, play host to habitat for spawning salmon and many other riparian wildlife species. The couple is motivated by a shared passion for farming in a way that protects the environment, preserves the soil and yields delicious produce, free of herbicides and pesticides. Rooted in the importance of growing organically, their commitment to sustainable farm practices and their community has enabled Full Circle to become a leader in the good food movement.
How It Works:
The Full Circle service is available in four sizes delivered weekly or bi-weekly. You can customize what you receive or stick with the menu provided. They deliver to homes and offices throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. They offer you the flexibility and convenience to:
- Add or remove produce from delivery and create a “never send” list for items you don’t like
- Change your box type, size and delivery frequency
- Include artisan farm products like fresh eggs, pickled veggies, honey and jams
- Try recipes in their newsletter and use helpful storage tips
Their Sustainable Agriculture Plan:
Sustainable agriculture is different for every region, and being a good farmer and steward of the land requires a thorough understanding of the unique geographical land you farm. In the Pacific Northwest, the growing season is short—April to November. Optimizing organic production in this small window and giving back to the land all year is the cornerstone of their sustainable agricultural practice. Their farm goes beyond certified organic to incorporate the following core components that define sustainability in the food system.
Starting from Scratch
As always, they use organic soil blends and certified organic seeds from local companies to customize a perfect mix to start all of their plants in the greenhouse. Leafy greens love our climate and do very well. Kales, chard, cabbages, lettuces, broccoli all enjoy the wet and cooler days, while summer finds them in their warmer crops of summer squash, cucumbers and peppers. In the fall, they spend a great deal of time planting and harvesting leafy greens as well as root crops, beets, carrots, parsnips, potatoes and celeriac. Growing seasonally ensures that you do not deplete vital resources of water and do not need excessive equipment to extend a crop.
Seasonal Field Rep
Every spring after floods have receded, they prepare the fields first by tilling them and aerating the soil, and then replenishing them with nutrient-rich supplements. The annual floods often leech the soils and change their pH, so the first nutrient they lay down after tilling is lime. The lime helps the soil absorb the fertilizers that follow.
They have an amazing group of dedicated farm employees who wear many hats from mechanic, to harvest crew to greenhouse guru. Their year-round employees are vital to their food system, and their commitment and love for farming and family is a principal they protect every day.
Crop Rotation and Water
Organically growing vegetables does not allow for any toxic chemical sprays, as this would disturb the natural flora and fauna of the land. They use two important devices: crop rotation, so that disease and pests cannot get populated; and in the springtime when cucumber beetles are quite abundant and hungry, they use a barrier method of row cover.
The Snoqualmie River horseshoes the property, and its tributaries that run through the farm, namely Griffin Creek, play host to habitat for spawning salmon and other riparian wildlife species. There is a sense of connectivity, and the farm is proud of its Salmon Safe Certification, first obtained in 2004.