May 4, 2018

Willie Greens Organic Farm

Sedro Wooley, Washington

Willie Greens Organic Farm

Craft3 financed equipment to improve harvest and processing efficiency — helping Willie Green's Organic Farm's bottom line and ensuring that Jeff can stay focused on what he loves: growing organic food for tables around the Northwest.
A chef by trade, Jeff Miller knows a thing or two about quality ingredients. While working in San Francisco restaurants, he began to appreciate the importance of fresh, locally grown produce. He often spoke with his wife about leaving the city to start a country farm — and that’s just what they did!

The couple landed in Snohomish and started Willie Green’s Organic Farm on a small plot of land. Thirty years later, Jeff and his family have 80 acres to farm.

“I love growing things,” says Jeff. “Being outside, working in the dirt and breathing fresh air. It keeps me grounded.”

It’s important to Jeff that Willie Greens leave little impact on the environment. When the cucumber beetle infested his Snohomish acreage, Jeff could have used pesticides to protect his crops. Instead, he decided to move farming operations to Skagit County, an area unaffected by the beetle.

It was around then that Jeff’s longtime friend Tim Crosby, coordinator of the Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project (CFFP), partnered with Craft3 to increase investment in food and agriculture. Tim sent Jeff our way.

The timing was perfect for it to all come together. Craft3 financed equipment to improve harvest and processing efficiency — helping Jeff’s bottom line and ensuring that he can stay focused on what he loves: growing organic food for tables around the Northwest.