Protected Farms

Let Us Farm

Current Farmer:

Dave and Gloria Edwards of Five Star Farm began leasing these 89 acres in 2019, and have been farming in Oakville, Washington since 1979. Dave and Gloria continue to farm today with their three children. After producing dairy for nearly 20 years, the family began the transition to a beef herd and received organic certification from the WSDA in 2006. The land is stilled owned by former farmer Cecelia Boulais.

Project Background:

Over the last two decades, farmers and conservation advocates Steve Hallstrom (in memorium) and Cecilia Boulais stewarded this land as Let Us Farm, producing food for their community and bringing ecological health to its surrounding fields, forests, and waterways. Their unique and delicious lettuce varieties sold out week after week at Seattle area farmer’s markets for nearly 20 years. Upon slowing down their business operations before Steve passed away, Steve and Cecelia generously donated their farm’s conservation easement to Washington Farmland Trust, which we are deeply honored to uphold.

Conservation Values:

These 89 acres sit right along the Chehalis River. Fifteen acres are protected as wildlife habitat along the riverbank. The property includes 1,800 native trees and shrubs that serve as buffers and provide habitat to wildlife. Steve and Cecelia also worked with the local Conservation District to plant pollinator strips that have attracted nearly 50 species of birds to the property over the years.

Farm Products:

Organic beef