Our 13-acre farm in Indianola includes two cultivated acres, orchard, pastured poultry, open fields and habitat for birds and other wildlife. Biodiversity is key to our success. We provide our customers with a wide array of vegetables while maintaining a balanced ecosystem in our gardens.

Farmer Rebecca Slattery uses careful crop rotations, homemade compost, beneficial insectaries and patient observation to avoid pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Though not certified organic, our practices are stricter than the national organic standards. Deep ecology and sustainability are our aims—“moreganic.” —Watch a video about the farm by Chris McElroy.

Rebecca in Fidelity Ad with Fidel Castro on Time Magazine cover

It was wild to get a call that Fidelity Investments wanted to use my image for an ad campaign! You just never know what’s going to come your way. The ad is in this week’s Time Magazine, the one with Fidel on the cover!

Here’s the story: last summer, a fashion photographer from NYC, Brian Doben, contacted us and asked if he could shoot some pictures at Persephone for a personal project he calls the “At Work” project. www.atworkproject.com

He seeks to photograph people in all sorts of occupations who are passionate about their work.
That sure fits us; so we said yes.

Here are a few images from our day together.

Happy female farmer

Photo by Brian Doben Photography

Female farmer tending the crops

Photo by Brian Doben Photography

Out of the blue, a year later, Brian contacted me again and this time asked for my permission to have one of the images used by Fidelity. I guess, rather than feeling old (a retirement ad? Really? Me? Already?) I should look at the message as a positive one: if you plan now for your retirement, you too, could be living the dream of owning a beautiful small farm, dirty fingernails and all.

BTW that score of 81 is bogus. I never even took the test. It’s just an ad!

But, in case you’re wondering, yes they did pay me for the picture. And I gotta say, it was easier money than bunching the equivalent amount of carrots.

Feel free to contact me for more modelling gigs. ;-)

Livin the dream,
Rebecca

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End of the Season

Rainbow over Persephone Farm

A rainbow over our last CSA harvest yesterday.

Happy (last) CSA Wednesday, everybody! What a season! As the CSA wraps up this week, so does our season here at Persephone. Our last official day of work is Friday, then we’ll all move on to our next steps in the next week or so. Looking back over the past 8 months it is really incredible how much this farm has transformed. Brand new areas have been turned into productive farmland, and all of us workers have grown and learned so much valuable knowledge. This week we’re wrapping up any loose ends, getting as much cover crop in the ground as possible, and harvesting our last rounds of flowers and vegetables. The weather today is a nice full-circle reminder of when we got here at the end of February, and the farm is starting to look more and more like it did when we arrived. Our few over-wintering crops are being prepped for colder temperatures to come, some by being nestled in the greenhouses or others by being sprayed with a cold-toughening kelp spray.

Five Persephone farmers posing with flowers

A throwback to one of our late Fridays making bouquets for market as a crew! From left to right, Brian, Kristina, Rebecca, Taylor, and Brooklyn, Persephone crew 2016

We hope that you all have enjoyed sharing in the bounty of the season with us. By supporting our farm you have allowed all of us flower-novices to learn the full cycle of flower growing, harvesting, and arranging — an experience we will all cherish for a long time. We have also all learned so much about vegetable production as well, and have been exposed to delicious regional treats such as pea shoots, sweet turnips and purple sprouting broccoli! From all of us at Persephone Farm 2016, including all of our pollinators like the one below, we would like to thank you for your kind words and continued support, and hope that you have a nice and relaxing winter.

– 2016 Persephone Interns

Farmer Rebecca holding a flower with a honeybee

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Can you believe it’s already August?? Our “new” interns have already been here for a month and are now in the full swing of things. Lately it seems like the majority of our time is spent harvesting, both vegetables and flowers (which happens to be my favorite job!). Each morning begins with harvesting of some sort, and all of Friday is dedicated to harvesting so that everything is as fresh as possible for the Farmers’ Market! When we do manage to squeeze in some time for other tasks, we have been doing a lot of bed turnover. Veggies and flowers whose time has come and gone are getting taken out to become compost, and their space is being tilled and made into raised beds, ready for the next thing to be planted! It’s really special to be able to witness the full life cycle of the farm within just one short season. Today we will be taking out the last annual plant that was here before we arrived, one bed of over-wintered kale. Sad to see it go, but exciting to say that everything (aside from perennials) growing on this whole farm has been planted since our time here! Below are some pictures from our new Instagram account, started by our intern Kristina! Be sure to check it out and give us a follow @persephonefarmer!

persphone's instagram account

Yellow and green summer squash

Summer squash ready for our CSA subscribers

Summer squash means it must be summer, right? We were warned about “Juneuary” but “Januly” is a whole different story. Luckily today seems to be warming back up – this sun is definitely a sight for sore eyes. This week we welcomed some new and old faces to the farm! Previous years’ interns stopped by to help out around the farm, and two new interns have been added to the mix (welcome Kris and Gracie). Be sure to say hello if you see them!

If you stopped by the Bainbridge Island Farmers market on Saturday (or saw our Facebook page), you already know we set a new Persephone Farm record of sweet pea bunches – 63! Those and all the other flowers bursting into bloom have been keeping us plenty busy, and us interns are getting to learn more about the flowers and how to harvest them. The most exciting part to me, though, is getting to use them in bouquets! Our intern bouquet making school, taught by Rebecca, is always a highlight of our Wednesdays and Fridays, and we hope you all are loving the beautiful flowers! Here are some pictures of our flowers we harvested this morning, and some of the bouquets we’ve made so far

-Intern Taylor
(Persephone’s note – Brian and Brooklyn are our other awesome 2016 Interns.)

CSA subscriber bouquets at Persephone Farm in Indianola , WA

CSA subscriber bouquets waiting for pickup

Freshly harvested flowers ready for bouquet making lesson

Freshly harvested flowers ready for our bouquet making lesson

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