Friends of the Farms welcomes all to join us for a guided walking tour of the historic Suyematsu and Bentryn Family Farms. This 90-minute walk takes you past vineyards, berries and row crops. Come here the stories of this historic farm land.
All welcome to join Friends of the Farms on a guided walking tour at Suyematsu and Bentryn Family Farms at 2:00 pm, Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014. Walk past historic vineyards, berries and row crops. Hear stories about this legacy farm land. Walk lasts about 90 minutes.
Many of you have no doubt seen the signs at Morales Farm and Johnson Farm that shout out in barnyard red, “Public Farmland.” The City of Bainbridge Island owns approximately 60 acres of “public farmland.” The City had the foresight in years past to purchase this land. Some was donated. We are fortunate we have publicly-owned farmland because it can provide healthy, local food for our families, right here on the island, for years to come. And publicly-owned farmland means that farming can be a viable livelihood for present and future island farmers.
Friends of the Farms is currently the City’s farmland manager. They manage a variety of responsibilities among five public farmland properties: Johnson Farm, M+E Property, Crawford Property, Morales Farm and Suyematsu-Bentryn Farm at Day Road.
Three of these properties – Johnson, Morales and Suyematsu-Bentryn Farms, are currently farmed, collectively and collaboratively, by a group of farmers that not only respect the culture of the place but, cultivate the farmers of the future.
Farmers utilizing public farmland often dedicate countless hours to a variety of community efforts including youth education, farmland improvement projects, mentoring apprentice farmers and participation in monthly work parties and farm walks.
These farmers do this because they believe in the value that this land and its produce brings to our community.
Questions? Call 206.380.5327. Directions: Hwy. 305 north to east on Day Rd. for 1/2 mile. Park at the farmstand.