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LONE CLOUD FARM

Lone Cloud Farm is a quarter acre vegetable farm based out of the Coast Salish land otherwise known as Carnation, Washington. Lone Cloud’s mission is to honor the three ethics of Permaculture through our work:
Earth Care, People Care, and Equitable Share.

 
 

COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE

Fresh & Nutritious Seasonal Vegetables Delivered to Your Seattle Neighborhood

By subscribing to Lone Cloud’s vegetable box, you will receive a curated selection of delicious vegetables every week throughout the growing season (June 20th-October 16th). Our veggies are produced without chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or synthetic fertilizers and all practices are compliant with those outlined in the Certified Naturally Grown Produce Standards. In addition, you are invited to forge a sense of community with the farm. You will receive weekly updates and recipes, as well as the opportunity to participate in seasonal gatherings both on the farm and in Seattle. The CSA is available in two sizes, learn more about each size below:

Full Share- $40 per week

  • Perfect for 2-4 people (consider sharing with your housemates or neighbors!)

  • Enjoy 8 to 12 items per week. Below is just one example of the cornucopia you may receive in a mid-summer box:

1 head Red Romaine Lettuce

1 lb Heirloom Tomatoes

1 lb Yellow Squash

1 lb Carrots

1 lb Green Beans

1 lb Cauliflower

½ lb Shishito Peppers

½ lb Tomatillos

1 bunch Collard Greens

1 bunch Genovese Basil

1 head Garlic

  • Includes free delivery to a Seattle neighborhood near you, weekly farm updates and recipe suggestions, exclusive access to farm events, and a $5 donation to Real Rent Duwamish.


Mini Share- $25 per week

  • Ideal for 1-2 people

  • Savor 7-10 items per week. For example, a mid-summer box may include:

½ lb Salad Mix

½ lb Cherry Tomatoes

½ lb Mini Bell Peppers

½ lb Green Beans

1 Zucchini

1 Cucumber

1 bunch Dill

1 bunch Scallions

  • Includes free delivery to a Seattle neighborhood near you, weekly farm updates and recipe suggestions, exclusive access to farm events, and a $5 donation to Real Rent Duwamish.

If neither of these options are in your budget we are still interested in nourishing you! This year several free and half price boxes are available. Write us at lone.cloud.farm@gmail.com to sign up.

OUR CSA IS CURRENTLY AT CAPACITY FOR 2020. Please click here to get on the waitlist for 2021.

 

MEET YOUR FARMER

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Frankie is a white, queer, non-binary farmer born and raised in Seattle. Despite growing up a city kid, they always had a connection to nature and a love of cooking. As they grew into young adulthood, Frankie chose to pursue farming as the natural intersection of these two innate passions and their growing understanding of food justice.  Frankie spent three seasons growing and learning at First Light Farm, where they gained a great amount of experience, inspiration, and support. Last year they joined Carnation Farm’s Growing Farmers program, through which they received the final push they needed to get their business plan together and finally launch their own project: Lone Cloud Farm.

 

ABOUT THE FARM

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Lone Cloud Farm is a quarter acre vegetable farm based out of the Coast Salish lands otherwise known as Carnation, Washington. Lone Cloud’s mission is to honor the three ethics of Permaculture through our work: Earth Care, People Care, and Equitable Share. We will achieve this by growing food in a way that nurtures ecosystem and soil health, distributing food in a way that is accessible to marginalized members of our community, and sharing the profits of these endeavors in a way that provides material solidarity to indigenous sovereignty efforts taking place where we grow and sell our food.

Our care for the Earth begins by doing no harm. Our veggies are produced without chemical pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or synthetic fertilizers, and all practices are compliant with those outlined in the Certified Naturally Grown Produce Standards. Additionally, we will implement no-till practices after the initial creation of our permanent raised garden beds. Abstaining from tilling the soil has a variety of advantages to the farmer and ecosystem, such as preventing erosion, holding on to more organic matter, creating a stable habitat for beneficial insects, bacteria,and fungi, and even potentially sequestering atmospheric carbon. As a human-scale farm we will use a variety of hand tools to do our work with minimal energy consumption and ecosystem disturbance.

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Caring for the people in our community is structured into our business model with our sliding scale CSA. Through this program a portion of each CSA member’s monetary contribution will be set aside to provide 2 free and 3 half price CSA shares for our 2020 season. We plan to expand this program in subsequent years as our customer base grows. We will also work with local food access projects to reach broader communities and find channels for any excess product. Although Lone Cloud is currently a one person farming operation, future farm members will be brought on as partners rather than employees, ultimately working towards shared ownership and decision making. One of the foremost long term goals of this project is to create a business that is able to provide health insurance, housing, and year round pay to its worker-owners.

 

REAL RENT DUWAMISH

Who:

The Duwamish have lived here since time immemorial. Though the city is named for the Duwamish leader Chief Seattle, the Tribe has yet to be justly compensated for their land, resources, and livelihood. After decades of resistance to erasure, they still remain unacknowledged by the federal, state, and local governments. Real Rent calls on people who live and work in Seattle to make rent payments to the Duwamish Tribe as an act in solidarity with them to keep this place alive and thriving.

Why:

As a white settler, I acknowledge that having access to land, capital, and the social connections necessary to start a farm is an immense privilege that I have been afforded at the expense of a violent history of colonial genocide and white supremacy in this country and beyond. I believe strongly in creating a culture of reparations towards Indigenous, Black, and Brown communities, and consequently each box purchased at full price will include a $5 donation to Real Rent Duwamish, coming to an estimated $1400 of financial solidarity towards the Duwamish Tribal Services over the 18 week season. As Lone Cloud's efficiency and profit margin improve, the scope of this commitment will also grow.

 

ABOUT SLIDING SCALE

I believe that food - along with housing, water and medical care - are basic human rights that should be free and accessible to all people. This is what compelled me to become a farmer in the first place, and it is what keeps me going through long days of work. I have chosen to implement sliding scale in my business as a tool for bringing this vision of economic justice to life in whatever small way I can. If a sliding scale is implemented effectively, everyone pays a similar percentage of their available financial resources for the same products or services. When you pay more, you are helping me support myself and giving me the resources to support others. When you pay in the middle, you are helping me cover the costs of production. And when you pay at the low end of the scale, you are letting the community support you. All of these are acceptable ways of participating. Please take the factors below into consideration when deciding if the free or half-price CSA is the right option for you. Pay what feels right, I trust you as the authority of your own needs and will not quiz you or ask you to prove anything.


Consider the free or half price CSA if you:

  • are a black, brown, indigenous, or otherwise non-white person

  • are transgender and experience trans related discrimination

  • have medical expenses, been denied work, or experience discrimination related to ableism

  • have immigration-related expenses

  • are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history

  • are supporting children or have other dependents

  • are an elder with limited financial support

Consider paying for the full price CSA, or providing a donation towards the reduced CSA if you:

  • own the home you live in

  • have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money

  • travel for recreation

  • have access to family money and resources in times of need

  • have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education, gender privilege, racial privilege, class background, etc. (Even if you are not currently exercising your earning power, I ask you to recognize this as a choice).

For more info, or to sign up, please send us an email at lone.cloud.farm@gmail.com 

 
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GET IN TOUCH

Please don't hesitate to reach out. We are always happy to respond to questions, comments, concerns, and collaborations.

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