First Light Farm - Rural Small Business of the Year Winner
First Light Farm is a 6-acre, eco-friendly farm in Carnation, Washington. Established in 2011 by Jane and Don Reis, First Light Farm operates as both a u-pick and a membership farm to provide access for visitors to sustainably-grown produce. First Light Farm also operates a program for 13-18 year olds to learn and participate in farm work (veggies are given in exchange for work), and a program for persons 18+ who are interested in learning about sustainable farming through hands-on practice. Each year, the farm hires 3 to 5 farm stewards for the growing season. First Light Farm hosts family camping weekends during the summer and a U-Pick Program from July through October. Other programs include a Community Box Program that invites visitors to the table for a meal and lively conversation about the interrelationship among healthy soils, families, and communities; a Community Buyer’s Club that permits groups to harvest large amount of produce at below u-pick prices, and a Vegetable Sharing program that donates excess produce to local food banks and other groups.
Ray Moser, (Retired) King County, Jesse Jones, KIRO TV, presented Jane and Don Reis and their team for Rural Small Business of the Year award with King County Executive Dow Constantine