Learn about our Cheney farmstand with flowers and orchards, just outside Spokane.
PRAIRIE SKY FARMS WEST PLAINS
Prairie Sky Farm sits on a remnant of the Palouse Prairie. The two Conestoga Wagons that sit slowly graying and shrinking with time in the old boneyard, tell a story of those that came before us. They knew something better existed for all of them, but it was on the other side of the biggest mountains they’d ever seen and the harshest battles they’d ever endured.
Our lives are not so different from theirs. The seed for our farming story begins with my first career, as a pediatric nurse in an agricultural region known for its orchards and wines. The children of farm workers filled our pediatric beds with mutating cancers so far from normal that our pathologists had to create new nomenclature for them. It was crushing and frustrating to all of us to rely on a food system that was creating such heartwrenching effects on our children. This was an enormous, systemic issue that my young self didn’t even know how to tackle. I spent the next twenty years working around the country and the world doing pediatric oncology, refugee care, disaster relief, and humanitarian aid, all trying to make a difference. But the same dread that hit the farm families came home to my own family. When my children and I contracted life threatening illnesses, we could no longer afford to ignore this issue. I’ll share more about our specific story later on in our journal.
In 2015, we came to this farm for a fresh start to our lives and our health. We came here to heal ourselves with clean, safe food. In that process we’ve found improvements on our own health and we’ve been able to nurture others with our food, learn how to grow with kindness towards the planet, and heal people’s souls with nature’s beauty through flowers. This process gives me so much hope.
We planted an orchard first, because orchards meant ‘home’ to me as I recovered from a debilitating disease. Secondly, an orchard was my highest priority, because in order to meet yield and efficiency demands, a conventionally grown tree fruit has over 12 different pesticides and hormone regulators applied to them. My health needed to eat fruit the way that nature intended it to be grown. My scientific brain knew that starting with an orchard would have the largest benefit to my family and those who purchase from our farm. I cannot deny that I have an intense passion to grow food that nurtures and grows healthy children. We planted flowers next, because nature heals what medicine cannot. Our flowers accompany people through their most momentous celebrations in life and bring comfort to those in illness and bereavement.
We are growing and learning every year. As our community shows us what it needs, we change and adapt. We care very deeply about the health and wellness of the families in our community. We work hard to bring you clean, safe, organically grown, non-GMO products so that each one of you can live the full lives each of you were intended. The world needs you. We hope to bring you what you need, so that you can pursue all that you were meant to, on this big beautiful planet we call home.
All our very best,
Kim & the Team