East of Eden is a family-run farm just north of downtown Bellingham. Owned and run by husband and wife team Samuel and Liza Janis, the farm produces organic vegetables, organic pasture raised eggs and pork, prepared foods and cut flowers all available for sale at the on-site Farm Stand.
Originally east coasters, Liza and Samuel came to Washington after years of hustle and bustle in New York City. Motivated by dreams of fertile farmland, strong community, big mountains, and welcoming people, it now seems inevitable that they ended up in Whatcom County!
"We were just plain lucky to have found our little plot on Patton Road" says Sam and Liza. "And we now truly understand what it means to have real neighbors. We could not have done this without the continual help of our amazing new community of neighbors and friends. Our hope is that East of Eden continues to grow and develop in this very community supported and community benefitted way of agriculture."
Our Growing Practices
Our farm is a working example of local agro-ecology. We are building soils from scratch, literally, with the help of animals. Our chickens and pigs do the initial sod busting and fertilizing. In exchange, we give them unlimited access to green pasture, fresh water, organic grain feeds, and whole food scraps. In addition to our own animals, we are also bringing in many tons of C-N balanced horse manure from our friends just down the road at Kelly Park Stables. We use this manure as thick mulch for our vegetable beds and as the base layer for our intensive windrow composting system.
Our goal here at East of Eden is to create healthy soil ecosystems with minimal need for tillage and little or no off-farm amendments other than the manure and whole food scraps we get from our surrounding community. If we are able to build soils in this way, using what would otherwise be waste as nutrients, then the plants will gladly grow and our farm will produce abundant, delicious and nutrient dense food with net positive impact to our community and our land.
Lastly, in an effort to reduce the overall CO2 footprint of farming we are producing all of our own diesel fuel comprised of 80% waste vegetable oil collected from local restaurant partners. (The other 20% of biodiesel is comprised of methanol, which is necessary for the fuel to combust in modern diesel engines.)