Hedlin Farms is a 3rd and 4th Generation farm in the Skagit Valley of Western Washington. We farm close to 400 acres split between Organic and conventional production near the mouth of the Skagit River, just outside the town of La Conner. We have been farming here since our (great) grandfather, Rasmus Koudal, came over from Denmark in 1906. When he reached the Skagit Valley it looked enough like Denmark to call home, so he stayed, and here we are.
Dave Hedlin & Serena Campbell took up farming on the family land in 1974, growing fresh market cauliflower and broccoli, peas, pickling cucumbers, and beet, spinach, & cabbage seed. The Skagit Valley is particularly well suited to seed production as the mild winters, and warm, dry summers provide ideal conditions for plant vernalization during the winter and seed set during the summer. Because of these ideal conditions and the wealth of expertise in the family and in the valley, seed crops have been the constant thread on our farm over the last hundred years.
We produce about 40 crops of more than 100 different varieties for our farmstand, our CSA subscription program, farmers markets, local restaurants, and wholesale buyers including: cauliflower, cabbage, lettuce, snap peas, heirloom, cherry, and beefsteak tomatoes, beans, beets, blueberries, broccoli, carrots, cucumbers, pumpkins, onions, squash, strawberries, and swiss chard, to name just a few.
Farming in the Skagit has changed a great deal over the last thirty years, to say nothing of the last hundred, so while our crops and the acreage devoted to them have varied, just like our (grand)father, we’re still growing beet, spinach, and cabbage seed, fresh market cauliflower, and peas. We look forward to growing great food for the next hundred years!