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August 15, 2018

 

Story and photos by Mathew Roland

A new farm has taken root in Birch Bay called Home Farm UPick & Events. The family-owned and operated farm is offering the public a new source of fresh, all-natural produce.

Located on 25 acres at 8020 Kickerville Road, Home Farm is owned and operated by husband and wife Daniel Burdick and Bridgette DiMonda with help from their seven-year-old daughter, Chloé Burdick.

The idea to start a farm began in 2016 when Daniel, who is currently a serviceman for Puget Sound Energy (PSE), applied for a job opening in Whatcom County. The family of three moved 95 miles north from Monroe to Birch Bay in 2017 to opt out of a larger city and transition into traditional farming lifestyle.

Daniel grew up working on a farm in Connecticut, so moving to Birch Bay was a return to his roots.

“I’ve always liked growing things,” he said. “I’m amazed at how things can start so tiny and just grow up into something and then you get a reward out of it.”

Our Story

August 15, 2018

 

Story and photos by Mathew Roland

A new farm has taken root in Birch Bay called Home Farm UPick & Events. The family-owned and operated farm is offering the public a new source of fresh, all-natural produce.

Located on 25 acres at 8020 Kickerville Road, Home Farm is owned and operated by husband and wife Daniel Burdick and Bridgette DiMonda with help from their seven-year-old daughter, Chloé Burdick.

The idea to start a farm began in 2016 when Daniel, who is currently a serviceman for Puget Sound Energy (PSE), applied for a job opening in Whatcom County. The family of three moved 95 miles north from Monroe to Birch Bay in 2017 to opt out of a larger city and transition into traditional farming lifestyle.

Daniel grew up working on a farm in Connecticut, so moving to Birch Bay was a return to his roots.

“I’ve always liked growing things,” he said. “I’m amazed at how things can start so tiny and just grow up into something and then you get a reward out of it.”

August 15, 2018

 

Story and photos by Mathew Roland

A new farm has taken root in Birch Bay called Home Farm UPick & Events. The family-owned and operated farm is offering the public a new source of fresh, all-natural produce.

Located on 25 acres at 8020 Kickerville Road, Home Farm is owned and operated by husband and wife Daniel Burdick and Bridgette DiMonda with help from their seven-year-old daughter, Chloé Burdick.

The idea to start a farm began in 2016 when Daniel, who is currently a serviceman for Puget Sound Energy (PSE), applied for a job opening in Whatcom County. The family of three moved 95 miles north from Monroe to Birch Bay in 2017 to opt out of a larger city and transition into traditional farming lifestyle.

Daniel grew up working on a farm in Connecticut, so moving to Birch Bay was a return to his roots.

“I’ve always liked growing things,” he said. “I’m amazed at how things can start so tiny and just grow up into something and then you get a reward out of it.”

Daniel’s farming skills and Bridgette’s background in real estate marketing made for the perfect combination to form Home Farm’s brand on social media.

Formerly a golf driving range, converting the land into a functional farm was not easy.

Daniel, Bridgette and Chloé lived in their 34-foot camper on the property for 11 months while they renovated the home and prepped the land. They hauled out 15,000 pounds of scrap metal, 10,000 pounds of trash and donated 1,200 golf clubs left on the property. In October 2017, the family started planting.

Support from surrounding neighbors and community members helped Home Farm grow.

Lenny Sund, who works for a subcontractor of PSE, stepped up to support Home Farm by lending tractors and rotary tillers.

“We still try and help each other,” he said. “If my neighbor breaks down, he calls to borrow something. If I break down, I borrow something from him. I want to see them succeed. It’s just nice to see the land is being used for growing something.”

Early on, the family wanted to start a berry farm but quickly decided to create an all-crop farm, with the goal of supplying the surrounding community with fresh produce.

Currently the farm yields approximately 6,000 strawberries of four different varieties, 2,000 raspberries of four different varieties, 1,200 blueberries of four different varieties and contains 100 red current plants and 100 black current plants and three acres of sweet corn.

The farm also has 2 acres of pumpkin, 1 acre of green beans and peas, half an acre of pickling cucumbers and a couple of rows of sunflowers in addition to approximately 22 beehives and 50 chickens.

“Our whole model is come to us, come and experience farming, have fun! We have fun here and we want people to come and enjoy it,” DiMonda said.

With all that is going on at the Home Farm, they have big plans for the future.

Residents and customers can expect future crops of potatoes, garlic, carrots, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes and honey. Other future plans include Saturday movie nights at the farm, an animal petting zoo with goats and sheep and an orchard of 40-50 fruit trees.

Home Farm currently sells a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables at a stand located at 8020 Kickerville Road from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

 

Community members are also welcome to drop by for U-Pick pumpkins this October.

Our Story

ONE SMALL FAMILY...

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SustainableConnections.org

By: Ruby Dombek

June 2019  

Daniel Burdick grew up on a farm in Connecticut and has always wanted to return to his roots. Starting a farm was a chance to reconnect to the land and the community. He wants people to know that his family values transparency with community above all else, noting that “our farm is their farm.”

Home Farm U-Pick and Events was founded in 2017 by Daniel Burdick, Bridgette DiMonda and their seven-year-old daughter Chloé. Located in beautiful Birch Bay, their 25 acres is home to four dogs, a brood of laying hens, a colony of honeybees, and a large variety of fruit and produce. Products are available for purchase at their picture perfect farm stand year-round and the farm is open for U-pick throughout the summer. 

This year Home Farm strives to make every crop available for U-pick, where community members are able to harvest their own meals without ever stepping foot in a grocery store. Daniel says “I think people are so detached these days from where their food comes from.” He hopes that families will reconnect with their food sources as they spend time pulling carrots, digging potatoes or picking fresh raspberries right off the bush. Throughout the summer they also expect to have full harvests of zucchini, green beans, snap peas, lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, peppers, garlic, tomatoes, squash, turnips, onions, beets, asparagus, sweet corn,  pumpkins, herbs, cherries, apples, pears, plums, currants, strawberries and blueberries.

They have carefully selected different varieties of produce that will allow them to have a continuous harvest throughout the early, mid and late growing season, giving the community access to their favorite fruits and veggies all summer long. The varieties they chose are also better adapted to the climate and common diseases, which helps them utilize organic pesticides and herbicides.  Daniel loves chatting about his growing practices with customers at the farm stand and believes it is important for everyone to be informed about their food choices. He is excited to try new crops based off of local feedback and requests. 

Daniel and Bridgette say one of their most popular products is their non-GMO sweet corn, which is so sweet and crunchy they believe it is most delicious when eaten raw! They make sure to pick the corn three times a day so that their farm stand always offers peak freshness. Another favorite is the “Yellow Ann” raspberry, which usually begins to fruit around late July. These are so popular that Bridgette and Daniel have considered replacing their Meeker variety of raspberries with another 1000 Yellow Anns to give the community what they are most excited about. 

Bridgette’s background in real estate marketing has equipped her with the skills to build a strong following on social media in just two years. Because of this she is able to effectively communicate harvest information with the community and keep followers up to date on all farm happenings. She is the mastermind behind all events and is currently in the process of planning a Sunflower Festival that will take place in late August. They aim to have 2+ acres of sunflowers available for all to enjoy.

Home Farm is truly a place where community is put first. Everything that Bridgette and Daniel have built is based on their desire to do right by the community and create a place of value for the people. They are clearly on the path to success. 

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