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Philosophy

At Seattle Urban Farm Company (SUFCo), we thrive on pioneering new ideas and empowering city dwellers to reap the rewards of urban food production. We believe that sustainable urban agriculture can promote healthy living, environmental stewardship, and stronger communities. We hope that developing economically sound, city-based farming ventures will increase public awareness of agricultural issues and foster a greater appreciation of farmers everywhere.


History

Seattle Urban Farm Company blends ecological landscape design with sustainable farming principles to create unique, productive outdoor spaces.

In 2007, founders Colin McCrate and Brad Halm decided to apply their years of horticultural and agricultural expertise to help aspiring growers get projects off the ground; or more accurately, in the ground. They bought a truck, grabbed some shovels, and got to work. In 2010, Hilary Dahl joined the SUFCo team, helping to develop an integrated design, installation, and maintenance program. 

Over the past nine years, we have helped guide hundreds of urban farmers through the design, construction, and management of their own edible landscape. We pride ourselves on creating environmentally responsible and long-lasting garden elements. Sourcing quality materials and locally adapted plants ensures the long-term health and beauty of our landscapes.    

Our talented staff and comprehensive approach allow us to create sustainable, edible landscapes customized to site-specific conditions and client priorities. We are committed to the immediate and ongoing success of all of our projects, focusing on intensive plantings and organic soil management to ensure high yields of crops season after season.

Each season we build new edible landscapes, manage dozens of urban farms, and teach workshops across the region. With each new year, we find new opportunities. As public awareness of urban agriculture continues to grow, we hope to grow along with it and with you.  

The Seattle Urban Farm Company is licensed, bonded, and insured in Washington State.


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Services

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Design 

A thoughtful design process is essential to the success of every productive garden. A comprehensive site plan allows you to combine elements of your urban farm to create a cohesive, functional, and beautiful space.

A garden design includes scaled drawings of the space, planting recommendations, material specifications, and precise dimensions for garden elements such as: garden beds, pathways, trellises, irrigation, tool sheds, washing stations, greenhouses, and seating areas.

Additional drawings including planting plans, grading plans and renderings can also be produced, as applicable to each project.

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Installation 

Our team of expert builders will translate your garden design from concept to reality.

We create beautiful and functional spaces with sustainably sourced materials and pride ourselves on producing the highest quality, non-toxic garden structures possible.

Garden elements are built from naturally rot-resistant woods, stone, and other long-lasting materials.

All of our installations are built to the highest standards to create beautiful, productive, safe, and ecologically-friendly outdoor environments.

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Maintenance

After garden installation is complete, we offer a range of garden maintenance services.

Our experienced farm crew can stop by your garden on a weekly or bi-weekly basis throughout the season. We bring all of the vegetable transplants, seeds, trellises, organic fertilizers, organic pest control materials, and tools necessary to keep your garden healthy and attractive.

You are always welcome to join us during our visits if you’d like to learn more about edible gardening. We keep you up to date with emails and newsletters detailing what is ready for harvest, what is coming soon, and other seasonal garden topics.


SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS 

SUFCo owners Colin McCrate, Brad Halm, and Hilary Dahl are available for educational seminars, book signings and speaking engagements.

Their work has been featured in The Seattle Times, Seattle Magazine, Bon Appetit, GQ, Sunset Magazine, Grist, and numerous other publications and online news sites. Their first book, Food Grown Right, In Your Backyard, has received national press coverage and helped thousands of beginning backyard farmers set up and care for their own home garden. SUFCo received a Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Pacific Magazine Horticulture Award for their display gardens at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show.

The SUFCo team has led educational seminars for the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, King County Master Gardeners Foundation, National Restaurant Association, and myriad garden related events.


As the founders of the Seattle Urban Farm Company, Colin McCrate and Brad Halm have heard it all: My backyard is too small; how can I make space for a garden? Do I really need to buy fertilizer? What on earth is that creature crawling on the tomatoes? My crops took off and the zucchini are in the sidewalk who has time to harvest this all?! FOOD GROWN RIGHT, IN YOUR BACKYARD is a primer for these questions and more.

Mountaineers Books, April 2, 2012

You won't believe your eyes when you see the size of your harvest! In High-Yield Vegetable Gardening, authors Colin McCrate and Brad Halm show you how you can make your food garden much more productive, no matter how big or small it is. Packed with the charts, tables, schedules, and worksheets you need -- as well as record-keeping pages so you can repeat your successes next year -- this book is an essential tool for the serious gardener.

Storey Publishing, December 29, 2015