Don Hilario Alvarez and his family are living examples of what can be achieved with determination and hard work. Originally from the coastal region of the Mexican state of Michoacán, Hilario Alvarez immigrated in the early 1970s, first to southern California, and then to eastern Washington, where he worked for seven years on a farm in Wapato.
Thanks to his hard work, his determination, his willingness to experiment and his ability to learn from experience, today Don Hilario and his family own 120 acres, making his farm one of the largest organic vegetable farms in eastern Washington.
Teague and Kosma Channing moved their animals, equipment and young families from New Mexico to the Methow Valley in the spring of 2013, quickly planting 2,000 pounds of garlic seed. Today they grow organically certified garlic, several varieties of potatoes and assorted root vegetables.
Channing Farm is committed to farming sustainably by using animals to plow and harvest their fields instead of fossil-fuel powered machinery.