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ABOUT ECKHOLM FARM

Our Story

Eckholm Farm is an historic, small-scale farm within Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.  We offer agricultural commodities and value-added farm products as well as on-farm experiences for visitors.  

 

Located on beautiful Whidbey Island, in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains of Washington State, we produce berries, apples, pears, plums, and hay; raise a few chickens, pigs, and cattle, and manage lots of honey bees.

 
Bruce Eckholm

Bruce Eckholm grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and spent childhood summers on the family dairy farm in Wisconsin.  After college he moved to Seattle and worked in the software industry for several years.  A return to academia led to a PhD in entomology and a stint as a honey bee scientist at the USDA bee lab in Tucson, Arizona. His scientific background is reflected in his data-driven, evidence-based approach to farming, including integrated pest management, crop quality, and animal health.

 
Linda Eckholm

Behind every good farmer is a partner who works in town, and Linda Eckholm is no exception.  She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri nowhere near a farm, but she’s a good sport and here she is.  Linda works as an actuary for a large consulting firm and spends evenings and weekends keeping the farm on an even footing.

 
 
 
Mona Chambers

Mona Chambers is an EAS Certified Master Beekeeper. Raised in Tucson, Arizona, she works as a honey bee research technician for the USDA.  Mona assists with hive management, queen rearing, and honey harvest during the busy summer season.

Dalton Engle

Dalton Engle grew up right here in Coupeville. He is the son of an Engle and a Fakkema; two Whidbey family farming dynasties. As such, Dalton has agriculture in his blood.  A journeyman electrician, he splits his time between managing our pastured pork operation and pulling wire for Whidbey Electric Company.

Our Seasonal Crew

Each season we take on a few hard-working individuals to help keep the farm operating at full capacity during crunch time. We hire local help as needed for hay bucking, honey harvest and general farm maintenance work.

 
Doug Snider

Doug Snider grew up in Rochester, New York and spent his working career as a landscape architect in Seattle, Washington.  Now retired from the urban rat race, Doug spends each winter with pruners in hand, beating our orchard into submission ahead of the next growing season.