Alluvial Farms is owned and managed by Katie Pencke and Matthew McDermott. Together we have over 18 years of farming experience. We spent 2014-2015 studying pastured pork production and quickly went hog wild with the idea of stewarding healthy animal and cropping systems.
In 2016 we launched Alluvial Farms, connecting with eaters interested in a fuller pork experience. As the business grows, we look forward to building eater relationships and seeking and sharing knowledge about ecological farm systems.
A note on the name: Alluvial fans are fan-shaped deposits of soil at the base of topographical features, such as the Western slope of the North Cascade mountains. Alluvial soils tend to be rich agricultural mediums and, like most things, dynamic in their ever-shifting nature. We farm in the broad alluvial fans of the Frasier and Nooksack River deltas, and appreciate the metaphor.
Biographies of Alluvial farmers:
Matthew McDermott is currently the Food Production Manager at Cloud Mountain Farm Center where he manages five acres of organic vegetables and six acres of tree and vine fruit, alongside staff and a dynamic internship program. Prior to Cloud Mountain, he spent 3+ years working with new farmers as the farm and program manager for Seattle Tilth Farm Works in Auburn, WA. Matthew holds a M.S. in Community and Agriculture from Michigan State University, and is a graduate of U.C. Santa Cruz's apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture & Sustainable Food Systems. He's had the fortune of working with a colorful spectrum of farmers and farm systems over the years, worked with beekeepers in Haiti for two years, and spent a season hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.
Katie Pencke currently works as a Resource Specialist with the Whatcom Conservation District where she provides farm planning services to rural livestock owners. Previously she spent a year as a Resource Specialist with King Conservation District and seven years with Seattle Tilth as program manager for educational farm and garden projects in the greater Seattle area. Katie’s formal education includes a BA in Ecology from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Informal education includes a year riding a bicycle from Seattle to Budapest, a Permaculture Design Certificate and co-owning a hand built bicycle business for five years.
Although not a fan of herding pigs, Mr. Trout the dog is our loyal farm companion. In Trout we trust.
Ramone Pencke is an aspiring farmer with Alluvial Farms, and also attends second grade at Nooksack Elementary School. He plays soccer, practices capoiera, and is training to be a wrestler. He loves learning about all kinds of animals, science and natural history, as well as playing outside and with his friends.
Alluvial farms in the press...
Thanks to the following partners for their support:
Small Acres Farm