DUNGENESS, Wash. – Steve Vause, President of New Farm Inc. (author disclosure: he’s my brother) signed a contract with the North Olympic Land Trust (NOLT) last month, selling the development rights to the 60-acre “Historic Ward Farm,” insuring that it will remain farmland forever. The deal was approved unanimously by the twelve shareholders of New Farm Inc.
Owned by my family since 1957, the farm lies along the west bank of the Dungeness River and has been leased for the past thirteen years to organic vegetable and grain grower Nash Huber, who grows carrots, beets, kale, Swiss chard, cabbage, and many other root and leaf vegetables and also wheat, barley, oats, and other grains. He is growing crops of fava beans and quinoa, the protein-rich grain from the high Andes. These crops luxuriate in the deep, alluvial soil called Dungeness loam, some of the most fertile soil in North America.