ABOUT LUM FARM
Lum Farm LLC is located on the historic Coffelt Farm Preserve and incorporates neighboring pastures. We work together with the county and landowners to improve pastures and forestland through sustainable grazing practices. We raise a diverse assortment of Dexter cattle, pastured lamb, goat, pork and poultry, all harvested on site and USDA certified.
In the farm stand you’ll find meats, cheese and eggs, seasonal fruits and vegetables, sheepskins and goatskins, wool products and more. All products have been grown, tended and harvested on our farm. We are honored to be featured at many island restaurants, and proud to be able to make regular contributions to the Orcas Island Food Bank.
COFFELT FARM PRESERVE
To help ensure a future of local agriculture, the Land Bank purchased Coffelt Farm on Orcas Island. The 185 acres spans Crow Valley, encompassing an expanse of scenic open-space, habitat resources, and productive agricultural land. In 1995, Vern and Sidney Coffelt worked with the Land Bank to place a conservation easement on their farm to limit development and protect special features of the land. The easement was an important step, but it did not ensure that future landowners would continue to farm the property. After 60 years of working the land, and with a conviction that it must be made available to future generations of farmers, the Coffelts sold the bulk of the farm to the Land Bank in 2008. Ten acres remain privately owned under the conservation easement. The terms of the easement allow for one residential dwelling and protect farm fields and views.
(From the SJC Land Bank website: sjclandbank.org)
Lum Farm began as a family farm: Eric, Amy and daughters Martha and Rachel. As the farm has grown, so has the farm family, which now includes a few hard-working island residents. As with any farm, there is never a dull moment, or a lack of things to do!
Eric Lum grew up on Orcas Island. He is the farm’s mechanic, manages the fields and compost and does the heavy lifting. Eric can be seen on his tractor all around the island baling hay in the summer months and enjoys working the land, having made a bit of a name for himself with his garlic-growing abilities.
Amy’s truest calling on the farm is caretaking the animals. She has a background in animal health, is our resident sheep shearer and is usually one of the first people island residents call when they need some animal advice. Amy is also an artist with Bossy’s Feltworks, a needle-felting business that she shares with two partners.
Amy and Eric have always had a heart for community outreach and are farm consultants and mentors for new farmers on the island. Amy is the 4-H Leaders Council president and has lead farm-focused programs with local schools. Eric is on the Island Grown Farmers Cooperative board and helps coordinate the mobile slaughter unit.
Daughters Martha and Rachel have lent a hand where needed, and have each found their own niches in farm life. Martha is currently attending Washington State University with a major in Agricultural Economics. Rachel is finishing up high school and is happiest on the farm when she’s around the goats. She is our most adept milker with enviable speed!
We love our extended farm family: Mandy Troxel manages the farm stand and marketing, and also loves stepping away from those roles for farm chores. Crystal Mossman is our mad scientist in the cheese room, and works in the garden with Tessa. Kyle Jepson can build fences, coops, and whatever else can possibly be fashioned from found materials. And we have a fabulous handful of super-teens who work their hearts out, milking, slinging hay, washing eggs, harvesting, moving fences and generally taking on whatever needs be done. Ah, youth!
Amy and Eric offer on-site homesteading consultations. Click HERE for more info.
OUR FARM FAMILY
The mission behind all our hard work on the farm is to create connections: people feeling connected to the land, to the food they eat, and to each other. We encourage you to stop by the farm stand for a visit and soak up some of the rich history that is food and community.