Full Circle Farm took on the sustainable farming philosophy before it was cool to go organic. We explore how they grew the Slow Food movement, and how Slow Fashion is related and on the horizon.
Full Circle Farms was founded in 1996 when Andrew Stout and a few of his friends, then in their 20s, decided to lease some farmland in North Bend in Eastern Washington. They worked long hours through trial and error, launching a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, which were growing in popularity at the time. All the while they focused on produce that was free of herbicides and pesticides, and sustainably farmed to preserve the earth and environment.
In 2003 they expanded to a 53-acre farm in Carnation, and they’ve been growing (literally) ever since. Today, Full Circle delivers weekly produce boxes to thousands of customers in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho. Now run by Stout and his wife Wendy Munroe, their farm has expanded into over 400 acres. During the off season, Full Circle partners with trusted organic farms in warmer climates to offer CSA boxes year-round. Not only that, but the farm also works with other local producers to provide artisan goods like cheeses, fresh pastas, honey, chocolates, and more, plus high-quality meats and seafood, and cage-free eggs.
The point of the organic, sustainable, farm-to-table crusade was to get people thinking more about what they were putting in their bodies and where it came from. Is the food free of chemicals? Does it support local farmers? Does it reduce harm on the environment and animal life? It’s only within the last several years that we’ve become more conscious of these questions as we seek to live healthier lives that are more in tune with our communities and the environment. These are the tenets of the Slow Food movement and, by extension, the Slow Fashion movement.
In the same way Slow Food focuses on the where, what, and how of your diet and its impact on the world, its fashion equivalent asks about the impact of manufacturing on the world.
We like to think that just how Full Circle was ahead of its time in sustainable farming, Baby & Company is ahead of its time by participating in the Slow Fashion movement. The future of taking care, consideration, and awareness of retail choices is upon us. Stop by the store or shop online. The future is now.
Here are some of our favorite Slow Fashion pieces in stock now: