Grass fed, pastured based, diverse, sustainable, small family farm.
We live and grow our farm in Sequim Washington just east of Port Angeles in the northern rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. The ground here is fertile, and irrigated while the climate is mild and perfect for year round pasturing. While we are not big enough to warrant the cost of becoming certified organic, we strive to abide by organic practices. Our animals are free from added hormones, antibiotics and raised in open space with plenty of room to roam and graze. We believe that pasture is the best and healthiest way to grow our meats and eggs. In addition to the animals we raise to sell, we have horses, turkeys, cats, dogs, honey bees and rabbits. We enjoy our family garden and orchard in the summer months and preserve as much of the harvest as possible while still maintaining our sanity.
Bryan grew up running around his maternal grandparent's 100+ acre farm in Sequim, playing with his cousins, the cows and running from his brother. As a teenager he worked at Maple View Farms learning irrigation, tractors, silage and cattle. His off farm job at Clallam County Fire District #3 provided the capital to start Bent Gate Farm and continues to supplement farm operations as Anna is always finding ways for the farm to grow. He has the hard skills needed to build fence, fix the tractor, build feeders and design irrigation. With occasional help from our neighbor Gary and YouTube there isn't anything he can repair.
Anna grew up in the Agnew area dreaming of a horse to ride and later starting a farm. When Libby was born she got serious about finding a horse and Coco was obtained on a trade for some automotive repair. Chickens and Asha soon followed along with an opportunity to start cattle on leased land from their generous next door neighbors. The farm has continued to expand each year and now includes all the species you would find in every stereotypical child's book about a farm with the exception of geese. This is a line Bryan has drawn that in an interest of marriage, she vows not to cross.
Libby (age 10) loves her horse Paige and rides at every opportunity. She trains the dogs Eddy, Spark and Spot, and doesn't hardly move 10 ft without one of them by her side. She shows her cows Aida and Aja and last year qualified to show Aida at the state fair. She also shows her rabbit Nibbles whom she likes to hold on her lap while basking in the sun. She is involved in 4-H, Pony Club, dancing, and soccer. When asked what her favorite activity is she replies, "All of them!" She aspires to be a vet and own 1,000 horses.
Asha (age 7) is our goat girl who is often found out snuggling the goat kids and teaching them to jump on buckets and their mama. She is looking forward to taking a small herd to the fair this year as her very own. Her Nigerian doe Moose is due in August and may even kid at fair. She rides her horse Kandi in Pony Club, shows her rabbit Sherbert and her chicken Megan in 4-H and dances with her sister at Aspire Academy. She too plays soccer and is happy to help with anything around the farm, as long as it is her idea.