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.

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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.

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On the Farm

THE JOY IT BRINGS

organic csa product

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.

Ready to Eat Good Food Grown With Love? Sign-up for our 2016 CSA.

CSA Sign-up

From tail to snout, we love our heritage pigs! Our Animal Welfare Approved pork is available only once a year and exclusively to individuals (no restaurant or wholesale inquiries please). Our pigs are born, raised, and custom harvested all right here at April Joy Farm. We believe livestock animals deserve a safe, healthy, natural and enriched environment. So we provide our animals access to grass and clover pasture, big wallows, abundant shade and the highest quality feed possible. Our pigs are fed certified organic barley, oats, peas and wheat grown by our relatives at Vilicus Farms in Montana. In addition, they enjoy certified organic April Joy Farm produce and flint corn.  

Interested in purchasing a side of pork?  Sign-up to receive updates about our heritage pork program.

Heritage Pork Sign-up

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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.

Bulk Sales E-mail Sign-up

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.

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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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OUR LATEST MUSINGS

Cilantro Carrot Slaw

bin of red carrots

“This quick and easy slaw is an excellent way to showcase multi-colored carrots. Our testers loved it on fish tacos; its also great with grilled chicken and fish. You can also make this slaw recipe with beets, kohlrabi, or radishes instead of carrots. It’s also delicious with mint or parsley in addition to, or in place of cilantro.”

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Restorative Work

seeds sprouting in fall

I have a winter confession – a really unpopular one. I love the rain. I love the grey skies, I love the dim and quiet dampness of our Pacific Northwest climate. I love the intensity of an afternoon squall, the indescribable music of wet energy on the metal farmhouse roof. Furthermore, I love the sincerity of…

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Almond Parsley Pesto

flat leaf parsley growing in the sunlight

Almond Parsley Pesto   Print Sunset Magazine notes: “An intriguing spin on the Italian classic basil-and-pine-nut pesto, this sauce complements all sorts of roasted or grilled vegetables and meats.” Ingredients ½ cup raw whole almonds 2 medium garlic cloves, peeled 2 cups coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley (leaves and tender stems) 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil…

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In Search of a Newt

autumn leaf on the ground

  On Sunday I caught myself folding laundry just a little less hastily than normal. It was surprising to discover in my hands a new sort of patience for the task. With so many months of relentless farm work nearly behind me, this menial job suddenly had become a moment of pleasure. It may seem…

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Roasted Black Futsu with Jasmine-Kale Rice

Japanese Futsu Squash

Roasted Black Futsu with Jasmine-Kale Rice   Print Recipe by: April Ingredients One medium black futsu squash, washed, scrubbed, quartered and cut into slices (like apples), skin on 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to coat squash Salt & pepper ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon cinnamon ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper 1 cup jasmine rice or other fragrant…

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A Beginner’s Bounty

garlic growing under hay

For eight years now, I have planted my garlic in a very specific way. I climb on the tractor and till up one full length of our field. Then it’s a race to break apart, sort and sow thousands of garlic cloves. Before dusk comes, leaf or straw mulch must be spread over the entire…

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