Our Vision & Strategy

As environmental stewards of the land, to build a multi-generational, self-sustaining, commercially-profitable, family-farm first and an agri-tourist destination with an emphasis on supporting the local community’s food needs through public/private partnerships.

Sustainable Environmental Growth Plan

Summit Farms is a small family-owned sustainable farm, environmentally managed, growing to natural practices, utilizing the best growing methods of our Pioneers and Native Americans combined with modern, regenerative ways.

The twenty-eight beautiful acres of Summit Farms are situated near Millersylvania State Park and include a 1910 two-story Gambrel barn and Event Center, Farm Store/Welcome Bar, Milk Parlor, a 1912 three-story original farmhouse along with a recently restored century old Root Cellar, two Greenhouses, five full RV hook-up spaces (open seasonally), a private Cedar-lined authentic Finnish steam sauna and fields to grow and play in. We want all our visitors to experience their own joy and happiness when here.

We are zoned Agri-Tourism for Thurston County, and our intention is to show how small family farms can still thrive and help lead the way for solving food insecurities along with managing droughts. By protecting valuable farmland, strengthening the local food systems to enjoy the benefits of good nutrition, health, community health, and strong economic development and environmental stewardship to nurture a more vibrant local food system, and more visitors and tourism for the local community.

Preservation & Restoration

Our primary focus in 2021 was the preservation & restoration of the historic buildings on the farm.  Additionally, we upgraded & modernized other elements to create an environmentally sustainable, technology-enabled farm ecosystem.

Priority Projects:

  • 1907 Gambrel Barn & Milk Parlor
  • 100-year-old Root Cellar
  • 1912 Farmhouse
  • Finnish Sauna
  • Farm Store
  • Upgraded Well to Support the Farm Drinking Water & Irrigation Systems
  • 5 Full Hook-Up RV Spaces
  • High-Capacity Septic System
  • Greenhouse 1 Grow Boxes
  • Greenhouse 2 Restoration
  • Grow Fields 
  • Farm Office
  • Upgraded electrical and panels

Location & Environmentals

Located on a beautiful expanse of 27.7 Acres.   Summit Farm borders Millersvania State Park which averages over 500K Visitors / Year

Location: 11815 Whitehall Ln SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Environmentals:  Pitman Lake & Blooms Ditch

We over-protect all areas from run-offs and any other affecting activities from growing or livestock

Community Gathering Space

Let’s play and have fun together as a community!

Summit Farms is being thoughtfully designed as an spring/summer/fall-season gathering place for families and businesses alike. We are still a work-in-progress, and we ask for patience as we are continually preserving, restoring, and upgrading – we love our rustic feel and hope you do too!

We look forward to hosting you in the beautiful fully-renovated Gambrel Barn for your Small (leadership teams, board offsites) to Large Corporate (<100) Association, Sales, Event, or Reunions. For some of your special clients that are looking for a very special wedding venue, and have their own project manager, we’re open to a “run of the place” event package through planners.

And planned for later in the 2023 season, designated outdoor spaces for our summer concert series, u-pick pumpkin patch, sunflower field, labyrinth and playground for small to large community and corporate events.

Farmers First and Farmers’ Markets

Summit Farms is a regenerative, non-GMO, growing to natural methods, and selling seasonal starts, produce and succulents at community-supported Farmer’s Markets and online CSA including:

  • Peppers, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Garlic, Onions, Herbs, Squash, Pumpkins and Corn plus sunflowers.
  • Seasonally (and Mother Nature determinate) fresh fruit (Italian Plums, Pears and Apples) and nuts (English Walnut).
  • Sunflowers, bot starts and cuttings including on-site camper U-Pick.

Progress To-Date

  • February – May 2021, offer on property and close date. Live in RV until July/August.
  • May 2021 – December 2021 – Preservation, restoration, rebuilding, livability projects, plus tractor, implements, ATV, mower, tools … 
  • May – October 2021, experimental growing year in greenhouse and some small outdoor areas.
  • July 2021, Joined Violet Prairie Grange and 2022 Board member.
  • September 2021, met with Conservation Land Trust about possible legacy and preservation.
  • January 2022, Big Red Barn accepted as WA State Heritage Listed Historic Barn.
  • March 2022, accepted into Olympia Farmers Market, 25 weekends sold in 2022 and clientele (+ Tumwater). 
  • May 2022, accepted into Thurston Bountiful Byway, (Visitors Bureau) 
  • June 2022, hosted two open-to-public speaking events in Barn (Bush/Leschi Event Center)
  • July 2022, nominated and accepted as Thurston Agritourism Committee member (now President).
  • August 2022, Listed and opened Summit Farms Historic Farm and Barn on HipCamp – successful first season. 
  • August 2022, began work with Small Business Development Council (SBDC) and Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC). 
  • September 2022, achieved Certified Tourism Ambassador certification
  • October 2022, hosted first Farm to Table for 6-10 FAM and travel writers
  • October-December, completed WSU Extension Course – Cultivating Success, including Whole Farm Plan. 
  • October – January, Thurston Conservation District (TCD) Voluntary Conservation Plan (VCP)

January 2023 – Meeting with and completed application for US Fish & Wildlife, NRCS, State and County for Conservation Plan and EQIP