Francis and Elizabeth immigrated from Kenya 10 years ago and seven years ago they participated in Tilth's farmer education program. They now rent their own 2-acre plot in Enumclaw from a fellow farmer. They cultivate a faith that compels them to act as careful stewards for all the plants, animals and people that make the farm possible.
Francis is a meticulous grower, mastering the art of seeding. Elizabeth cultivates veggies incredibly well. Francis spends more time on the farm, but both also have full-time jobs as care takers for the elderly. Francis will often drop crops off in the middle of the night so he can sleep or make it to work on time. For help, they bring other members of the Kenyan community in Kent and also a couple of guys from the Latino immigrant community.
PCH was introduced to Faithbeyond through Tilth Alliance's Good Food Bag program. PCH and the Good Food Bag program both participate with the City to deliver bags of produce to low-income preschool families. We heard that Francis and Elizabeth had excess crops in 2018 and we partnered with them. We haven't looked back since and are looking forward to more each year!
Both Francis and Elizabeth carry so much joy and gratitude with them. They always great PCH folks with such enthusiasm and concern for how we are doing. They not only sell to PCH folks (for both retail customers and our food access program Harvest Bags) but they also sell Tilth's Good Food bag program. They are now going to farm an additional 2 acres in Skagit valley in 2020!