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Welcome to April Joy Farm

Good food. Grown with love.


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


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


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

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.  


On the Farm


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Are you looking to keep your kitchen stocked with delicious, local food from May to October? 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.

We are currently accepting new members for our 2020 season!  

CSA Sign Up


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.

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.  Our eighteen month internship is a hands-on opportunity to grow your farm aspirations under the stewardship of two happy, healthy farmers who want you to thrive!

Join our Joyful Farmer revolution, and sign up to receive information about our Internship.

The Joyful Farmer Internship

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Latest Posts


The Farm to Heart Initiative

We are very interested in extending the reach of our farm into underserved communities.  We want to grow our circle of care and we need your support.  In 2020, we are partnering with the Fruit Valley community to bring April Joy Farm produce to families facing food insecurity.  Brad and I have committed to raising…

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Join Our CSA Family!

Your farmers are hard at work planning the details of our 2020 Community Supported Agriculture program and we are so excited.  We have sifted, sorted, reviewed, researched, calculated, and debated in order to settle on a total of 164 distinct varieties of produce to grow this year and we’re not done yet!  Our seed catalogs…

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Farm Press

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Two nice feature articles about our recent work at April Joy Farm: The Modern Farmer Organic Farming Research Foundation

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Harvesting Abundance, Part I

Every July, we begin a season within a season, a harvest within a harvest. In between the picking of tomatoes and digging potatoes, once the cucumbers are tucked safely in the cooler, or the onions are pulled and curing, we carve out small periods of time. From the peak of summer until fall temperatures drop,…

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Yarrow, Unlimited

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It seems as if yarrow, (Achillea millefolium) has always been at the farm. Surviving in droughty soils, its niche is at the margins: field edges, tucked up next to both wellheads, growing steadily alongside fence lines. As with many of the naturalized plants co-existing in our yards and gardens, we rarely give them a thought.…

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Summer’s Gifts

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There is no way to sugar coat it. July and August used to be the months I simply endured. I am not a native hot weather lover. My light, naturally dry skin burns easily and if I’m not careful, the bright glare of midsummer days can easily send me reeling with a migraine. Initially, farming…

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