Farm Name: Dropstone Farms
Location: Puyallup Valley in Pierce County; near the City of Orting
Date Protected: 2013
Current Farmer: Lauren Manes and Garth Highsmith
Project Background: Dropstone Farms is adjacent to our Orting Valley Farms project and down the road from Reise Farm, which we conserved in late 2012. Because of Dropstone’s proximity to established farmland conservation and other nearby preservation opportunities, we are beginning to form an “agricultural corridor” in the Valley, providing all sorts of potential farming, conservation, wildlife and economic benefits.
Property Description: Dating back to the 1920’s, the farm was once a thriving dairy, and features the prime agricultural soils found throughout the Puyallup River Valley. Currently, Manes and Highsmith raise cows, pigs, lamb, turkeys, chicken, and ducks.
Farm Products: Dropstone Farms will sell poultry and beef; check their website for additional products and information.