Holy Basil Farm is a small farm located near the Skagit River in Washington’s Skagit Valley. This is our first year farming on leased land, where we are lucky to be part of a small farm community and have access to shared water, tools, and infrastructure, all against a backdrop of the Cascade foothills. We grow a variety of vegetables and culinary and medicinal herbs. Learn more about what we grow on our Products page.
From seed to market, we do our best to make our practices ecologically-minded and sustainable. We aim to farm in ways that show care for the soil, the earth, and the living things upon it. We enjoy doing things by hand, limiting our use of machinery and fossil fuels. We work to reduce the use of plastics in our farming practices, and to increase our use of recyclable and biodegradable materials. Our small farm is bio-diverse, with food and habitat for pollinators and other creatures great and small.
The name Holy Basil Farm has many points of origin. Holy basil, also known as Tulsi, is a medicinal herb native to tropical Asia. Tulsi is a sacred plant within Hinduism, and is widely cultivated for religious and traditional medicine purposes. Holy basil, an adaptogenic herb, is capable of increasing the body's resistance to stress and disease. We chose the name to reflect our focus on growing medicinal herbs along with more widely known culinary herbs and vegetables.
For us, Holy Basil! is also an exclamation. We use it to demonstrate the enthusiasm and joy we feel in farming and our relationships with plants. We celebrate growing Tulsi as well as many other varieties of basil this season. Furthermore, Holy Basil alludes to the fact that there will be imperfections in our products. You may find some holes in the products you receive, because grasshoppers enjoy snacking on basil too.
John has farmed for seven years. Before starting Holy Basil Farm, he was the farm manager at Tonnemaker Valley Farm in Woodinville. He has experience with annual vegetables; perennial berries; herbaceous, native plant seed production; and woody, native plant bareroot production. He is interested in diversifying agriculture with medicinal herbs and native plants. And growing basil. He is a Marine Corps veteran. He believes in the transformative power of not only what farming can do for veterans, but also what veterans can do for farming.
Leah has several years of experience with annual vegetables, laying hens, and sustainable farming education. She started farming after learning to garden, visiting friends on farms, and working in the areas of nutrition education and food access. She's been a farm intern and a farm manger, and is pretty excited to have creative freedom as co-owner/operator of Holy Basil Farm. She is most looking forward to sharing what she grows with friends and family, and continuing to learn about the cultivation and uses of medicinal plants.