Green Wave Gardens is located in the northeast
corner of Washington State, near the small mountain town of Northport.
The beautiful area of north Stevens County has hot summer days and cool
evenings, while also receiving the cold and snowy conditions that come
with a winter in Zone 5. The farm is nestled against a mountain on a
perfectly level bench, perched 700’ above the powerful Columbia River,
at 1800’ elevation. Just south of the British Columbia border, we grow
an abundance of food from garlic to plums, tomatoes to nuts, artichokes
to apples. The list continues to grow, as we discover the potential of
the land and tap in to this unique microclimate as we experiment with
different fruits and vegetable varieties.
After purchasing the pristine property in 2001,
the Morelli family has rekindled a farm and family relationship. The
original Bear Creek Nursery and the expansive orchard provide a diverse
array of homestead apples, pears, cherries, plums, and nuts. The nursery
was started by the Genos, Larry Geno found the now ‘Inchelium’ garlic of
the Inchelium Indian Reservation, just south of the farm. The Carletons
bought the farm from the Genos in the 80’s and operated the well-loved
nursery for many years after, selling rare and hardy fruit and nut
We thank our predecessors for their vision and
hard work that we continue to develop on today. Many years have been
spent working on the special, and uncommonly beautiful, mountain farm
that we are so lucky and thankful to have stewardship of. We work hard
as a family to give back to the land what we so gratefully take from it.
Being able to provide for our family members and many other people who
understand the importance of eating healthy and locally, is a rewarding
and positive way for us to interact with the land and provide a service
to others. The past 8 years have been spent working on improvements to
the facilities and soil, which is an ongoing dedication for any farm.
Our small herd of burros joins us in our effort to return to the land
what we receive from it by enriching the compost process. We use organic
cover crops to add biomass and nitrogen to the soil, which helps to keep
The balance between man and machine to get a job
done is a constant consideration for us, as we try to make as little of
an impact as possible on the land. We use a tractor for tilling new
fields or turning under cover crops. We start all of our plants in the
greenhouse when the winter cold has yet to give up its grip in
northeastern Washington. From there, much love and attention is given
until the plants are mature enough and the weather has released its hold
to the warm summer months. Once that has happened, the nonstop hustle
begins and lasts until November. After the planting of the crops, most
all dirt work is done using shovels, hand weeders, rakes, hoes, etc. We
hand weed and harvest all of our crops in the field, from potatoes to
tomatoes. We feel that it is very important to be able to connect to the
land that you are using; and while it does add time, it also adds a
quality to our produce that you do not get with all farms.
The day is coming when a single carrot, freshly observed, will set off a revolution.