Hidden River is owned and run by young farmers Evan Mulvaney and Lucia Wyss, who coparent several hundred hogs, and miscellaneous cattle and poultry. While growing excellent food, stewarding the land, and providing a living wage to our employees, we also want to inspire other young people to join us in agriculture. The average age of farmers in America is 58, and we believe that a just, sustainable, and secure future of food is impossible without a new generation of farmers and ranchers.
Evan was raised on a biodynamic farm, and loves growing good food with his hands in the dirt. He started his own farm business, Steamboat Junction Farm, when he was 19, raising 5 pigs and selling vegetables at a roadside stand, and since then he's never looked back. Lucia was born in Seattle, and is a writer, mediator, and organizer in addition to farming, and is the coordinator for the Washington Young Farmers Coalition. They met a young farmers' dance and within two months had bought five pregnant sows, beginning the journey to what would become Hidden River Farms.
The love of farming cannot be separated from love of place. We farm on 100 acres near Montesano, Washington, at the foot of the Olympic Mountains. The hidden river for which our farm is named is the Wynoochee River, which means shifting in the local dialect of Salishan, on land that was once inhabited by the Chehalis tribe. We very excited to be leasing land to Harbor Roots Farm, a CSA employing houseless people in Grays Harbor and giving back in a vey small way to our rural community.
Hidden River would not be where it is today without the support of amazing employees, interns, neighbors, and friends who have backed us up every step of the way. In the process of growing the operation, we have partnered with South Sound Community Farmland Trust, local entrepreneurial organizations Washington Coast Works and Enterprise for Equity, and Thurston County WSU extension. We also rely on the local farm store, hardware company, auto mechanic, machine shop, and many other local farms, to help us out when something goes wrong.