Skipping Stone Garden is a 1/2 acre, diverse-vegetable market garden in Olympia WA. Every veggie you see at our stand is grown with care and harvested fresh for market.
We use only OMRI approved organic materials, and use ecologically-conscious methods of growing such as low/no tillage, cover cropping, and "feeding" compost to the soil - because it takes a whole lot more than just dedicated farmers to grow nutritious, sustainable food.
Gabriel studied organic farming while attending The Evergreen State College. He spent time on the farm at Evergreen during the week and volunteered on a local farm now and then, where he was later hired on during his final quarters at Evergreen.
With his extensive experience and study in the field of organic farming, Gabriel was the first of us to bring up the idea of starting a farm someday. He is happily full-time farming since 2020!
Sarah attended Pacific Lutheran University where she studied Geology. When growing up, she was often in the care of her grandmother, Hilda, and grandfather, Jack. Hilda always had a green thumb and Sarah often could be found eating snow peas straight from the garden while watching her grandmother create beautiful landscapes and maintaining backyard garden plots. After graduating PLU, she got hired at REI and met Gabriel. She is happily full-time farming since 2019!
Over the span of their time working together at REI they began dating, fell in love and talked often of starting a farm together. Their first date was at the Evergreen Organic Farm and the rest is history. Starting with only 1/10 of an acre in 2018 and expanding to 1/4 acre in 2019, they have now expanded their microgreen production and now offer over 12 varieties of microgreens and microgreen mixes in plant-based, biodegradable containers.
We welcomed our farm babe in 2022 and are now leasing a new 1/2 acre in Olympia for 2023.
The farm's pride and joy are tomatoes, cucumbers and Microgreens. There are also many varieties of mini lettuce, butter lettuce, kale, swiss chard, basil, beets, radishes, carrots, turnips and more.
As stewards of the land, Sarah and Gabriel make sure that, from seed to mature vegetables, each step along the way ensures they bring the highest quality produce to market. This is accomplished through maintaining healthy soils, where only soil amendments approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) are used.
They use various low-impact tools such as digging forks to aerate beds, as well as a small electric tiller to shallowly mix in organic fertilizer. Sarah and Gabriel grow their produce entirely without the use of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.