Family Farms - part of the National Park Service / by Dave Hileman

This area of Whidbey Island in Washington is set aside because of the unique nature of the farmland. Most of these are family farms that have been in operation for over 150 years. Ebey’s Landing
National Historical Reserve description from "This rural historic district preserves and protects an un­broken historical record of Puget Sound exploration and settlement from the 1800s to the present. Historic farms, still under cultivation on the prairies of Whidbey Island, reveal land­use patterns unchanged since settlers claimed the land in the 1850’s under the Donation Land Claim Act." And it is beautiful. That is Olympic National Park in the distance over the heavy fog and a peek at the snow covered slope of Mt Olympus.