CHRIs PETRY

Owner/Operator of Oh Yeah! Farms

Greetings!  Im glad you made it this far and are interested in a little more about me and how Oh Yeah! Farms came to be.  I was born in Trumansburg, a small farm town in Upstate New York.  We had no stop lights, but we had lots of vineyards, orchards, hippies, hay, grain, and cattle fields.  I was surrounded by agriculture but never saw a life as a farmer when I lived there.  Wanting something bigger than my hometown, I went off to college to run track and field as a Decathlete at Penn State.  While I was there I studied Parks and Recreation with a focus on Outdoor Adventure.  My degree led me to Seattle, Washington for an internship/career with Mountain Madness, an international mountain guiding company.

After years of mountain/ski guiding and dirtbaggary, I felt the crash of the market in 2008.  Upon returning from a month long Alaskan ski adventure I was informed by my boss that the full time work I was promised that summer was looking more like part time.  I took a monumental piece of advice from a high school friend and found a supplemental job on craigslist, and started farming !  I started working for Natures Last Stand in Carnation, Washington.  I worked all aspects of the farm (planting, harvesting, CSA deliveries, and two Seattle Markets) for two years until the traffic, parking tickets, and concrete got the best of me.

In 2012 I moved to Leavenworth, Washington to live my dream farming, rock climbing, mountain biking and skiing.  I started farming there by landing an apprenticeship with old school farmer extraordinaire Grant Gibbs at Gibbs Organics.  For three  years I worked alongside Grant in his orchards, grain and vegetable fields.  While doing so I managed two separate 1 acre market gardens where I sold fresh produce to the the finest restaurants in Leavenworth.  Eventually, I had made great friends in town and one of them gave me a glowing recommendation and introduced me to the owners of a Bed and Breakfast, Haus Rorhbach Pension.  It was then when I stopped Mountain Guiding and began my life as a full time Farmer on their 7 acre plot below their B&B.

Now that I am grounded in one place doing what I love, farming as member of an awesome mountain community, I can truly focus on building a highly sustainable, productive, and profitable organic farm!  Currently Oh Yeah! Farms is offering a 20 week CSA, we sell to restaurants across the state, and vend at four Farmers Markets across the state.  For these markets we grow vegetables A-Z, but we also grow grain.  Since farming in Leavenworth this at land I have become fascinated with growing grain, mainly hard red wheat for baking whole grain sourdough bread.  I have found the greatest pleasure from planting, harvesting, cleaning, milling, and baking wheat into bread.  Currently I bake at a bakery in town, Dan's Food Mart, but my goal is to build a barn with fully functioning commercial kitchen, and bakery so I can bake at home for the rest of my life.

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Once I got a taste of farming, I have been committed to being a farmer.   This commitment largely stems from an unshakable feeling that my purpose, and my duty, is to provide food for my local community and live sustainably for my world community.  Times, they are a changing.  There needs to be more role models for not only our youth, but for the young adults raising the youth, and the older generations wanting to eat healthy and live sustainably.  I want to be a vessel for sustainable agriculture and aim to encourage all that I encounter to care about their food, and how it effects everything on planet Earth.

Farming ultimately rewarding but often an overwhelming, non-stop, bearcat of a profession.   I stay clam and positive during the hard times by spending down time friends and family in the pursuit of the ADVENTURE!  See you at the markets and in the mountains, OH YEAH!!!  

Want to sponsor or donate to local sustainable agriculture? Get in touch!

farmerchris@ohyeahfarms.com

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