A Biointensive Farm
Our historic farm was founded in 1902 by the Shull family as a 100-acre dairy farm. Like so many small farms, it has changed over the years. Beginning in the 1930's, it became a hobby farm, then a horse farm, and finally a bed-and-breakfast inn for many years.
We purchased the property and started Synergy Farm in 2004 on the remaining 16 acres of the original Shull farm. We were motivated by the challenge of producing healthful food for our local community while preserving and enhancing the natural environment and achieving economic sustainability.
Our first projects included a modernization of the old farm house, a complete restoration and upgrade of the classic 6000-square foot barn, restoration of the chicken coop and other outbuildings, the addition of living quarters for interns and guests, expansion and renovation of the irrigation pond, installation of a rainwater catchment system for the barn roof, plus a pressurized and filtered irrigation system for the garden, extensive new garden fencing, and electric fencing throughout. Later on, we built an on-site farm store, a commercial kitchen, a walk-in cooler, a heated greenhouse, and established a berry patch and a small orchard.
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Our 168 vegetable growing beds were developed using the biointensive method, which has a track record of very high productivity while conserving water, fossil fuels, and soil vitality. Over the past nine years, we have added about one inch of topsoil each year to our garden beds. (For more information about the biointensive method, visit www.growbiointensive.org)
Operating as a four-season farm for the past eight years, Synergy Farm has provided a diverse array of organic vegetables, berries, herbs, eggs, pastured chickens, and a variety of value-added products to the San Juan Island community. Our products have been sold through our CSA, our on-site farm store, the San Juan Island Farmer's Market, local restaurants and bed-and-breakfast inns. We have also trained over twenty interns using our innovative internship program.
At the end of the 2012 growing season, we retired from market farming and have shut down our farming operation. Synergy Farm is now for sale.