At WIN Mini Farm, I grow only open pollinated, heirloom/heritage plant varieties. Unlike the newer hybrids, these open pollinated varieties, “breed true”, meaning that the seed saved from the parent plant produces a plant with the same characteristics as the parent. These seeds have been passed down through generations. Natural and human selection have produced plants with improved taste, aroma and vitamin content.
I save these seeds in the fall and plant them the following year. You’ll find heirloom vegetables, herbs and plants at the farm stand. I grow the very nearly extinct Marshall Strawberry. Back in the 1960’s, Strawberry Leaf Blight and the fact that these berries do not travel well to distant markets nearly brought the Marshall Strawberry to extinction. The plants are available in the springtime and their sweet, luscious, juicy, ruby red berries are available in early summer.
Chickens are new to my farm. They occasionally free-range in the garden where they eat lots of bugs, worms and weeds. They also dine on surplus veggies and organic grains. I grow and sell flowers; especially sweet peas, and sunflowers. I love herbs and sell these and herb plants. It’s my passion for herbs that inspired the creation of my family’s bath and skincare business, Whidbey Island Natural (WIN). Our all-natural soaps, lotions and potions can be purchased on the website, www.WINatural.com and either shipped directly to you or picked up at the farm stand.