Emily Manke and Casey McCrone: two thirty-something married farmers with over a decade of experience.
Water hookups and electricity hookups, willing to work with almost any land.
My husband Casey McCrone and I both attended The Evergreen State College and graduated with B.A.s in 2010. While there we studied sustainable agriculture, including an internship on a raw milk creamery and a veggie farm.
Since then Casey has worked in medical and recreational cannabis production and sold hazelnuts and cheese at Farmer's Markets all over Washington state. Prior to COVID-19, he'd been working at Pike Place Market as a tasting room associate.
From 2014-2018 we maintained a small hobby farm on 5 acres in Skagit County. We maintained a flock of about 30-40 laying hens and a few roosters. Additionally, we raised and bred heritage breed and broad-breasted turkeys for meat. Lots of hatching experience for chickens and turkeys.
Growing herbs, berries, and salad greens are my favorite past-times, and I've managed to hang on to many perennial plants that I'm eager to get in the ground. I'm also learning how to distill herbs for essential oils and hydrosol. Our almost-two-year-old is already a gifted green thumb and likes nothing more than to hang out in the 'matoes.
I write about cannabis for a living and can do so remotely while farming.
Short term goals:
Grow strawberries, raspberries,
Grow a variety of annual vegetables with an emphasis on baby greens and garlic
Grow seed crops including sunflowers and amaranth
Grow flowers including dahlias, zinnias, yarrow, lavender, roses, and peonies
Grow herbs including thyme, oregano,
Raise heritage breed hens for eggs
Create and maintain a viable business model
Purchase land being farmed, or land elsewhere
Create an agrotourism retreat
A house would be great! If there are hookups for a tiny home/ fifth-wheel scenario, however, we could easily make it work.
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