Anne Schwartz started Blue Heron Farm in 1980, a certified organic farm since 1981. She has a deep passion to ensure the survival of small and family farms and has dedicated her life to working in community with others at the state, regional and national levels to advocate policies that protect the integrity of organic agriculture, increase research for organic and sustainable food systems and supports regional agriculture.
Anne has been producing ten acres of vegetables and berries in the Upper Skagit Valley near the town of Rockport for several decades and has made the decision to turn over much of the vegetable production to former employees. This is very exciting and the farm is now into the second year of this transition. Elizabeth Bragg has assumed the farm’s CSA operation as well as several crops grown for the Skagit Food Coop in Mt. Vernon. You can find her at Long Hearing Farm. Our fruit is still available through her CSA.
We had a tremendous amount of support from other farmers in my early years and I believe we need to pass on the difficult lessons learned along the way to newer farmers as much as we can. I have been blessed to farm on beautiful land, in a beautiful valley, in a great community.