Root Digger Herb Farm is situated near what is now known as Tumwater, WA on the traditional land of the Chehalis, Cowlitz, and Nisqually tribes. The farm was started in 2019 by Ben Ash who currently cultivates about 1/4 acre of herbs and food.
We go beyond certified organic requirements to grow vibrant and potent herbs while considering all who stand to benefit from our choices - human and other. Giving back to the land that supports the farm is foundational. Many of the amendments used on the farm are made here and those that are not are approved for use in organic agriculture.
Farming on the small side allows for more attention and observation while reducing our reliance on machines and fossil fuels. By minimizing tillage, applying deep mulch, and planting for diversity we are attempting to mimic nature and store carbon. About one third of the property is maintained as native forest habitat and our homestead is designed to include forage for pollinators and other critters. This makes for happy farmers, plants, microbes, and pollinators. We think this makes better medicine too!