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Farms, Food, Friends, and Fun: the 20th Annual Jefferson County Farm Tour

Author: Lilly Schneider | 09/28/22

Beyond a sign reading "Welcome to Kodama Farm" a tent and table of merchandise with two men sitting there.

From our booth at Kodama Farm, Land Trust staff and board members greeted visitors and enjoyed the stunning setting.

Working with our community, Jefferson Land Trust has protected 17 local farms (more than 1,300 acres of agricultural land) in Jefferson County, so it was a real pleasure to celebrate our farming community during the 20th Annual Jefferson County Farm Tour the weekend of September 16-18!

Child and goat

Kids of both kinds enjoyed meeting each other at Kodama!

Land Trust staff and board members were hosted on the land by Kodama Farm & Food Forest, protected with an easement in 2021. It was truly a joy to chat with so many new and old friends from the community as they joined the tour of local farms, met our hardworking local farmers, and celebrated the vibrant farming culture that is at the heart of Jefferson County.

At Kodama, visitors were invited to pet the friendly Nigerian dwarf goats; walk in the food forest and gardens; choose from a rainbow of fresh produce and farm products at the farmstand; participate in guided tours; and explore the geodesic greenhouse, where bananas, limes, and mandarin oranges grow. Kids loved the scavenger hunt and getting to sit on the big orange tractor.

Farmers Ben, Grace, and their team did a great job planning and running the weekend’s activities, and farm dog River inspected every vehicle, greeted every guest, and enjoyed some well-deserved attention from the many visitors who arrived in a steady stream each day.

Woman standing at Land Trust table booth

Playing “Naughty Or Nice?” with a visitor at Farm Tour 2022.

Over at the Land Trust booth, we enjoyed meeting many community members, sharing the excitement of Farm Tour, and discussing our conservation work in Jefferson County. (Of the 20 open farms scheduled on this year’s tour, five were ones that the Land Trust has helped protect: Kodama, Finnriver Farm & Cidery, Sunfield Biodynamic Farm, SpringRain Farm & Orchard, and Compass Rose Farms.) Folks who participated in our “Native Or Naughty?” game, where the goal was to identify regional native and invasive plants and animals, walked away with a Jefferson Land Trust hat or mug. At Farm Tour 2022, everyone was a winner!

Congratulations to The Production Alliance, who produce the Jefferson County Farm Tour, and to everyone involved in making this year’s tour a wonderful success. And a big thank you to the team at Kodama for hosting us!

You can still reap the bounty of Kodama’s fall harvest by visiting their booth at the Chimacum Farmers Market, 10 am – 2 pm on Sundays in October. The market takes place at the Chimacum Corner Farmstand: 9122 Rhody Drive, Chimacum.