Farm Portraits:
Bell’s Strawberry Farm

A multi-generational farm incorporates regenerative farming practices on Whidbey Island. Photo essay by Russell Sparkman

Paige Mueller (l), is the great-granddaughter of the original founders of Bell’s Strawberry Farm. Together with her husband Kyle Flack (r), the couple represents a next generation of Whidbey Island family farmers who combine a passion for small scale, regenerative farming with digital marketing, e-commerce and social media savvy.

In the early morning hours, Kyle resets lightweight electrical fencing to close off a new section of pasture for multi-species grazing.
Bell’s Strawberry Farm utilizes a regenerative farming approach in which activities that enhance the farm ecosystem and soil health are practiced. One practice is multi-species grazing in pastures that will become naturally fertilized, before planted with grain or vegetable crops..
One of the farm’s mixed breed sheep pauses from its grazing to provide a livestock version of an Uber ride for a winged companion.
Since the grazing pastures are rotated throughout the farm property water has to be provided to the grazing livestock from the back of a truck carrying a water tank.
The farm’s Berkshire hogs’ diet is supplemented with are a healthy serving of produce gleaned from the surrounding fruit trees and vegetable fields.
The farm maintains a small herd of Ancient White Park Cattle. This breed was chosen because the cattle are multipurpose dairy and meat species. They also are good mothers that do well foraging in the pastures.