Willowood Farm & Georgie Smith

Show note: re-air ~ Thursday ~ June 24 at 9am & Friday ~ June 25th at 4pm ~ 96.9fm in central Whidbey or streamed worldwide over the internet from the KWPA website.  LISTEN IN!

Georgie Smith is a wife, mother and farmer.  A descendant of some of Whidbey Island’s earliest settlers,  Georgie has been mentored by farmer’s her entire life.   From the little kitchen garden she started years ago, at the behest of her mother, to the 8 acres she now farms, Georgie grows up to 200 varieties of produce year round at her little farm on the prairie, Willowood.   Energetic, humorous and thoughtful, Georgie talked to Gwen about her road to becoming a farmer; her family and ancestors, her mentors and the people she is mentoring today through a farming internship program.  Using an honor system Georgie trades housing, food, and in ground training, to people who want to learn how to farm, can work as hard as she does and don’t mind getting dirty.

A member of Whidbey Island Grown, a consortium of farmers, chefs, businesses and residents who seek to increase awareness and consumption of agricultural products grown on the island, Georgie does her level best to work with and support other farmers on the island.

2008 garlic crop curing in barn © Trish Drury

Georgie began her adulthood and intended professional life with a degree in journalism.   She worked in the newpaper world for some time, before devoting herself to the farm full time.  Today she still writes, getting the news out, so to speak, sharing her farm and life through her two blogs; Little Farm on Ebey Prairie and Funny Farmer Tales, Life on Ebey Prairie; the Willowood Farm website and facebook.

As if she didn’t have enough to keep track of, she’s also a founding member of the Slow Food movement on the island and presently organizing and preparing to launch their first big community event.   Slow Food Whidbey Island will partner island growers and chefs for a  foodie extravaganza, tasty time and culinary education ~ Sunday ~ June 27th ! 2 to 4pm at Greenbank farm.  Georgie will be partnered with Sieb Jurriaans, from Prima Bistro in Langley.  You say you’re a Foodie? ~ Then don’t miss it!

Listen in while Georgie tells Gwen and listeners about her life on Willowood Farm, how she connects her farm to the community, and how her family continues to be woven into Whidbey Island history.

Recordings of this interview can be heard Thursday ~ June 24th at 9am & Friday June 25th at 4pm.  Tune into Whidbey Chat on your fm radio dial ~ 96.9 ~ in central Whidbey or streamed from your computer at KWPA’s website.

Here’s just some of the produce Georgie brought to markets in June of 2010 –

– Kohlrabi!
– Garlic
– Garlic scapes
– Walla Walla Onions with greens
– Mesclun Mix
– Kale – 3 kinds
– Chinese cabbage
– Pac Choi
– Head lettuce
– Broccoli
– Purple artichokes
– Pea vines

Farmer’s Markets you can find Willowood Farm produce.

Coupeville – Farmers Market: Saturday, 10-2.  April thru mid Oct ~ Coupeville, WA. www.coupevillefarmersmarket.com

Bayview Farmers Market Saturdays, 10-2. May thru mid Oct ~ Bayview, WA.

Oak Harbor Farmers Market ` Thursdays, 4-7. June thru Sept. ~ Oak Harbor, WA.


Willowood also caters to resturants and brick and mortar markets on Whidbey Island.



Georgie & the SLOW FOOD WHIDBEY ISLAND event!

JUNE 27, 2010   2 – 4 PM