Dan's grandparents moved to Snohomish in 1912 and started farming in the river valley. He purchased a farm in 1973 and started farming in the same general area between Snohomish and Monroe. Dan and his son Peter and farm as Sno-Valley Farms, Inc and grow a variety of crops including grass for hay and haylage, corn for silage, and wheat and barley for the local feed mills. Their farming operation also includes raising grass fed beef and some certified organic acreage. Sno-Valley Farms also provides custom tillage, planting, and harvesting services.
Along with his wife, Janet, Keith Stocker is the fourth generation to make his living from the family farm in Snohomish. Every year thousands of families enjoy their farms to pick blueberries, celebrate weddings, enjoy the fall season or choose and cut a perfect Christmas tree. They also operate the landmark Country Market south of Snohomish.
Additionally, Keith serves the agricultural community by serving on the Board of Directors for The Snohomish Festival of Pumpkins Marketing Association and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center. He also sits on the City of Snohomish Economic Development Committee.
John worked with his parents on their dairy-vegetable-crop farm from 1960-1968. In 1979, he started his own dairy-crop farm in 1979 and operated it through 2004. John is part owner of the farm composting-topsoil business. They also have their property rented to a cow-calf operation.
A young boy's parents sent him to spend the summer on their relatives farm. They thought it best to get him away from the mischief of the big city. Little did they know he would love it, and every year, the day after school was out, they were back on the road to Cabbage Ridge, near Eitzen, Minn. Well they say ' You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the boy.' Today he still has his fingers in the soil and raises chickens, vegetables and giant pumpkins, and last year added a couple of dexter cows to his small 3 1/2 acre farm near Monroe. Thom has been secretary / treasurer of Snohomish County Farm Bureau for the past 15 years.