Inside the Farm House Beautiful beets Tractor tire April with Rosie Lettuce and blue skies Tractor wheel Chickens by the window Dirty hands

Welcome to April Joy Farm

Good food. Grown with love.

Nourish

Eat nutritionally dense, organically grown food and discover the gifts of sustainable agriculture.

Learn

Enrich your diet with seasonal diversity and read the stories of sustenance and rural life.

Connect

Meet the vibrant community of a working family farm and support ethical land stewardship.

Meet Your Farmers

Diligent and Devoted Agrarians

We are full-time farmers deeply committed to the ecological health of our soil, our livestock and our community.  May the loyalty and affection we have for our work inspire within you a deeper appreciation of farm life and land.

April Thatcher

Farmer, Owner

April is the vibrant founder and heart of April Joy Farm. An entrepreneur in spirit with a degree in engineering, she built April Joy Farm from scratch, and is still committed to her original mission: Good Food, Grown with Love. Particularly passionate about livestock welfare and healthy soils, April is an energetic strategist and determined, hands-on agrarian. 

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Brad Thatcher

Farmer, Owner

Brad is a steady, patient, ever-resilient force at April Joy Farm. With a background in operations and logistics, Brad continuously improves our practices and subsequently the quality of our lives and of our community. He most enjoys the bounty of the harvest, working tirelessly until the last bunch, last head, and last pound has been brought in from the field. 

Our Mission

GROWING A SUSTAINABLE, PLACE-BASED FOOD COMMUNITY.
Sustainable farming is a work in progress requiring collaboration, intelligence, patience, creativity and an insatiable desire for hands on learning. Farming is not easy work, nor is it work that is ever “done.” Nonetheless, we pick up the pitchfork and the pen because we are committed to a future in which skewed economic incentives and rampant development do not trump the health and well-being of independent, diverse, place and pride-based rural communities.
Our produce is 100% certified organic by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. Our inspectors tell us April Joy Farm is “a model organic farm which maintains excellent records.” April Joy Farm was the first pork producer in the entire Pacific Northwest region to become Animal Welfare Approved. Our devotion to our animals and to the health of our land is motivating us to transition to a multi-layered systems-based farming model that maintains a deep, reverential partnership with our farm livestock. You can keep up to date on our work by checking out Farm News.  

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On the Farm

THE JOY IT BRINGS

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Are you looking to keep your kitchen stocked with delicious, local food from May to November? Our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program offers individuals a chance to purchase exceptionally fresh, certified organic fruits, vegetables and herbs directly from our Ridgefield farm. You commit to the health and well being of the farm by advance purchasing a “share” of the harvest. April Joy Farm commits to providing you with a weekly box of fresh, diverse, certified organic produce from late spring to early winter.

Our CSA Program is now full.  Please consider signing up for our CSA Wait List be notified of future openings.

CSA Wait List

 

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In addition to our CSA program, local individuals are welcome to purchase April Joy Farm produce through our bulk sales offerings. Each year, we make available for sale larger quantities of certain farm grown items including: vegetable and herb plant starts, rhubarb, grape leaves, summer produce like tomatoes, beans, basil, cucumbers, sweet peppers, and mixed greens, wine, juice and table grapes, as well as storage crops like winter squash, dry onions, potatoes and garlic. Please note, available items change seasonally and need to be picked up at our farm by appointment only. Refer to our Bulk Sales page to get a sense of our offerings.

If you can’t wait to can those tomatoes, juice fresh grapes or pickle some beans, join our Bulk Sales List.

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April Joy Farm has been selling high quality, certified organic produce consistently and professionally to area restaurants since 2008. We are committed to growing lasting Farmer-Chef relationships that support our regional community. Our chefs receive deliveries within 48 hours of harvest, up to twice weekly. We encourage and appreciate regular visits to our farm. A farm walk through our fields is a great time to complete our weekly order together, discuss upcoming crops, sample flavor profiles of ripening produce, as well as learn from and inspire each other. 

If you appreciate the challenge and opportunities of creating seasonally devoted menus, please contact us.

Learn more about Restaurant Sales

In subtle and blatant ways, new agrarians are professionally discounted and personally discouraged. We at April Joy Farm adamantly believe sustainable farming can be a rewarding, healthy, and abundant full time career. Furthermore, we believe sustainable farmers are uniquely equipped to transform our experiences in ways that enrich, not degrade our lives. The Joyful Farmer: aligns life, land and community, believes in power and possibility, restores health and home, nurtures relationships, honors abundance and vocation, celebrates creativity and change.

Join our Joyful Farmer revolution!  Sign up to receive inspiration, education and encouragement to help you pursue your agricultural dreams.

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Radicle Role Models

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A seed is born with a small stem, a single tiny root, and a scrap of pale white foliage. This complete physical structure is tucked and folded within and upon itself. At germination, the seed’s cells are not dividing, but absorbing. Specialized cells imbibe water, triggering enzymes to awaken. Food stored in the thin, outer…

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Creative Processing: Part III

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Part Three: A Farmer’s Quilt This essay is the conclusion of a three part essay on creative processing. Read Part One and Part Two. The quilts I love most contain fabric from worn out work shirts, outgrown kids clothes, and other such scraps that were once a part of every day life for my ancestors,…

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Savoy Cabbage Slaw with Applesauce Vinaigrette

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Savoy Cabbage Slaw with Applesauce Vinaigrette   Print Ingredients —FOR THE VINAIGRETTE— 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard ½ teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 tablespoon applesauce ⅓ cup olive oil —FOR THE SALAD— 4 cups savoy cabbage, sliced as thinly as possible 1-2 medium beets* 1 Granny Smith or tart apple ½ lemon, juiced…

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Creative Processing: Part II

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part two: The Winter Cover Crop This essay is a continuation of last week’s musings on creative processing. Eventually, the mixing and matching of fabrics and shapes subsides and the quilter heads for the scissors, needle and thread. It’s time for action. In late September, I head to my fields with seeds of various sizes, shapes…

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Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard Lasagna

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Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard Lasagna   Print Easily a side dish if you leave out the meat, and plenty flavorful even without the cheese. Recipe by: April Recipe type: Recipe by Hillary Boynton and Mary G. Brackett Ingredients 1 large or 2 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and sliced ⅛” thick Sea salt and…

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The Best Roasted Potatoes Ever

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The Best Roasted Potatoes Ever   Print Thanks to CSA member Beth for sharing this recipe idea with us. Recipe by: April Ingredients Kosher salt ½ teaspoon baking soda 4 pounds russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into large bite sized pieces* 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, duck fat, or beef fat Small…

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