Williams Hudson Bay Farm

"We're looking at growing organic as a smart investment in quality, almost like a trust, where you leave the principle intact and live off the interest."  – Ray Williams


Location: Walla Walla

Date Protected:  2011

Acres:  300

Current Farmer:  Tom and Ray Williams.  Learn more about the Williams’ story.

Project Background:  About six years ago, owners Tom and Ray Williams, along with their wives Penny and Melinda, began to transition their entire farm operation to organic production. PCC Farmland Trust, in partnership with the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) Farm and Ranch Land Protection Program, (FRPP) acquired an organic agricultural conservation easement on 300 acres of the Williams’ farm in June of 2011.

Property Description: The Williams Hudson Bay Farm is a third-generation family farm that grows organic wheat, alfalfa seed and hay, black beans, soybeans, onions, and more. The property, which historically was the Hudson Bay Trading Company’s farm during the mid-1800′s, is certified organic and Salmon-Safe.

Farm Products: The Williams have worked with local distilleries to sell different grains, supplied Amy’s Kitchen with organic beans, and sell wheat to Washington-based Fairhaven Organic Flour Mill. Williams Hudson Bay Farm also provides Bob’s Red Mill with organic corn and high-protein spring wheat.