Radicle Roots Farm is located in beautiful Snohomish, Washington. Nestled between the Pilchuck River and the Centennial trail, we are only 1.5 miles from downtown Snohomish. We hope this close proximity will help the community connect with their food and know their farmer. After three years leasing farmland in Central Oregon, we are so grateful to be farming on a permanent property where we have the privilege to be long-term stewards of this precious farm land.
Our growing practices stem from the belief that healthy soils grow healthy food. We are committed to using only organic practices, meaning we never use any synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides. Most of the work on the farm is done by hand or by using appropriate technology like our precision Jang seeder and Quick Cut Greens Harvester. To help extend our growing season we use row covers to give our transplants a head start and we grow tender crops such as tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers in unheated greenhouses.
With under one acre in cultivation, our farm produces an incredible amount of high quality produce from a small space. Using permanent beds and a minimal tillage system we have been able to significantly increase our soil's fertility and biological activity. We are always evolving our farming methods to grow food more efficiently and with better flavor and nutrition, but we stand strong on our commitment to growing food sustainably using organic practices. As we continue to grow our farm we strive to increase production through better crop planning and intensive spacing rather than increasing acreage and relying on a tractor for the majority of farm chores. As the famous market gardener, Jean-Martin Fortier says, "Grow better, not bigger."
James Berntson - Owner/operator
James grew up in Snohomish, Washington and attended Western Washington University where he got his B.S. in Environmental Science. After working as a farm apprentice at his school farm growing for the local food bank and a season at a small organic vegetable farm he moved to Bend, Oregon and started Radicle Roots Farm. After three years farming in Bend, James and his partner Sydney moved back to Snohomish, WA to put down some permanent roots and continue farming.
Sydney Shaphren - Market Manager
Sydney grew up outside of Chicago, Illinois and headed west to Bellingham for college where she got a B.A. in Environmental Education at WWU. The two met while studying abroad in Costa Rica researching rainforest biodiversity and conservation. Apart from all her invaluable help with the farm, Sydney works for a Non-Profit as a child and family therapist. Every farmers market you'll find her lovingly displaying the produce and graciously offering samples to all the customers.