Business Spotlight: First Light Farm
Jane and Don Reis have lived in the Greenwood neighborhood for nearly 40 years, and started dreaming of farming when they first got married. One day, on a drive in Carnation in 2011, Jane and Don saw a “Farm Land for Lease” sign and decided to make a phone call just to see what would happen. They ended up leasing six acres as a Christmas present to themselves.
Although they had gardened their whole lives, Jane and Don had never farmed – a very different experience from home gardening. They wanted to farm organically, so they studied nature and the local farming community to learn how to get the best production sustainably. Warren Ichoda-Cummings, who grew up nearby and has known Jane and Don since he was 5, joined them and brought a wealth of experience and a passion for small-scale, organic farming. Other passionate and dedicated staff, like Greenwood native Chloe Wood-Henrickson, have followed.
First Light Farm has built up a loyal following and recognition (winning King County’s Rural Small Business of the Year in 2016), and while they have several staff, a lot of the harvesting is done by volunteers who come to the farm to help because they love what the farm does.
First Light Farm likes to think of itself as a “local/local” farm–local produce and local farmers. Along with u-pick opportunities, educational classes, and minifarms for families (like a P-patch), First Light Farm offers Summer CSA shares to families in Greenwood and Phinney.