Fall Harvest at Skipley Farm
Skipley Farm is the creation of Gil Schieber, who spent over 28 years working at the Good Shepard Center and as a gardener at Seattle Tilth. Today, in addition to full time farming, Gil also has a sustainable landscape design business in Snohomish as well.
“When I went and stuck my hands in the soil it was nothing I’ve ever felt before…so much richer than the soil in Seattle.” he says.
And the soil certainly yields: apple trees, blueberries, grapes, cane fruits, kiwis, winter-born huckleberries, and plums of all kinds grow on this farm. A full hydroponics set-up with gravel filtrations systems make the produce taste even better.
“It’s like eating superfood.” One farm-goer describes it. “The potatoes just taste like they are bursting with life.”
Gil’s farm has an open, ad-hoc spirit; he freely admits he’s figuring it out as he goes along. His larger vision for the farm includes more convergences: regular events like the one I attended, with workshops on everything from biodynamics, building rocket-mass heaters, permaculture practice and composting, to local commerce initiatives and forming autonomous nations like Cascadia.
Gil has never looked back on “city life.”
“There’s a certain kind of bliss you get, a satisfaction of the body, when working with this soil. When you look up and see the land just dripping with grapes. I call it ‘garden yoga’.”