Guest Writer: Sally Zalac

I feel so fortunate to have connected with a number of amazing farms tucked into Kitsap County’s rolling hills – and Full Tilth Farm in Poulsbo did not disappoint. As I parked at the farmhouse, I was tempted to just settle into a rocking chair on the deep front porch and spend the afternoon gazing at the 5 acres of fields where industrious farmers worked.

Renee Ziemann, Luke Yoder, and Becky Zaneski  believe first and foremost in maintaining the healthy condition of tilled soil, thus the name Full Tilth. While Luke works outside the farm, Renee and Becky manage their Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, a booth at the Poulsbo Farmers Market, and the orders for Kitsap Fresh. Full Tilth is dedicated to training the next generation of farmers, hiring two interns each growing season. Farm interns receive hands-on training, bring much needed help with farm chores, and receive additional classes on every aspect of managing a working farm.

It’s all about growing at Full Tilth Farm, which includes various fruits and vegetables along with their own children! I am looking forward to tasting the rainbow carrots and cherry tomatoes waiting for me at home from last week’s order. Renee and Becky saw and filled a need for local berries, so be sure to order some of their offerings next year. Blueberries with granola and yogurt are a delightful way to start my day, a small taste of summer saved in my freezer. When we purchase food from farms like Full Tilth, our food dollars cast a vote for a local, sustainable food system, as well as nourishing our bodies and souls. 

Sally Zalac is a valued customer and volunteer for Kitsap Fresh. She has a passion for local farms, organic food and regenerative farming.

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