|We, Keith and Janet Stocker, along with our children, are preserving and carrying on the farming lifestyle of our ancestors. Keith's Grandpa and Grandma began farming our current site back in 1919. In a nutshell, we grow and sell vegetables, fruits and flowers, have a month long pumpkin festival and have an outstanding corn maze in the fall, followed by Christmas trees in winter.
Edwin Sr. and Sara Stocker (Keith's Grandparents) began farming here in 1919 when they moved into the farm house that is still behind today's market. They had a thriving dairy farm and raised four children on this farm. Edwin Sr. began raising sweet corn when Keith was a young child. Keith fondly remembers sitting on the tailgate of his Grandpa's truck peddling corn when he was a child where the country market is today. The corn was always the best in the valley back then as it still is today. It was Edwin Sr. who saw to it that the youth of Snohomish had a place to play soccer. Today Stocker Soccer Field in Snohomish is as popular as the market.
Edwin Jr. carried on the farming life with his wife Edith and their three children. Together they ran a dairy, raised many vegetable crops and built today's farm market. Edwin and Edith who are Keith's parents are still active in today's farming operation. You just can't keep them off the farm! Ed is locally known as the Corn King. He raises the best sweet corn in the world!
In cooperation with Snohomish Conservation District we have been working on a couple of habitat restoration projects on our farm in Monroe, neighboring Snohomish.
The first began in 1999 when we started a program called Hedgerows for Salmon along 700 feet of Woods Creek. The project created a 30'-50' buffer along Woods Creek connected to pasture land. Blackberries were cleared from the site and replaced with native conifers, deciduous trees and shrubs to increase wildlife habitat within the buffer and create shade for salmon in Woods Creek. Willow stakes were also planted along the banks of the creek to reduce erosion. The project is now really taking shape. The plants have taken hold and are growing vigorously, erosion of the banks has declined, and reed canary grass is on a decline due to the new shade.
In 2001 we began another hedgerow project on both sides of Stocker Creek which runs directly across our farm and into Woods Creek. The project entailed everything as in the first, as well as additional work in the actual creek bed. Two old and undersized culverts were removed and replaced to improve fish passage and spawning. Then, wood snags and stumps indigenous to the site were placed in the creek bed to slow the flow of water and create pools for better fish habitat. Only six months later we had a great Coho salmon spawn in the fall and early winter, followed by many fry in the spring.