At Small Acres Farm, we’re more than just a farm – we’re a family. We are a certified organic farm located in Whatcom County. The business has been in operation since 2014 and is co-owned by first-generation farmers Mia Devine and Chris Henderson (with second-generation-farmer-in-training, Quest).
We have grown the farm business slowly over the years while managing off-farm jobs as renewable energy engineers. Our goal is to use our engineering expertise to create a highly efficient small-scale farm that minimizes impact on the environment. We’re passionate about nurturing the land, growing good food, and fostering a sense of community.
We focus on growing high-quality, nutrient-dense food that we can provide directly to our local community. We grow over 40 different types of vegetables, raise laying hens, have a selection of tree fruit and berries, and make fermented products. All of our products are sold within Washington State.
Our farm is located within the ancestral homelands of the Nooksack Indian Tribe.
Nice to meet you! The dedicated team behind Small Acres brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and love for farming.
As co-owner and business manager, Mia makes sure the paperwork is in order, the bills are paid, and everything is operating smoothly. Her expertise in renewable energy and grant-writing have led to the implementation of solar panels, a wind turbine, and numerous energy efficiency strategies.
Mia works part-time at a non-profit energy justice organizations, working with rural small businesses and native tribes to implement clean energy solutions.
When she needs a break from her desk, you can usually find Mia on the tractor, weed-whacking blackberries, pruning the luffa plants, or building something.
Boston joined Small Acres as an intern in 2021 and was quickly promoted to Farm & Sales Manager. In addition to helping to run the day-to-day farm operations and supervise interns, she is leading marketing and sales efforts. The crop she is most excited about this year is celery! And she can’t stop planting flowers everywhere and making the farm look good.
As co-owner and farm manager, Chris loves the challenge and fun of producing a wide variety of crops on our small farm. He is always looking for new ways to improve the farm’s productivity while minimizing its environmental impact. He put his engineering expertise to use in designing a weather-based drip irrigation system, automated forced air composting system, and data monitoring. His passion for researching new solutions and experimenting with the latest equipment was recognized with the Innovator Farmer Award in 2019.
Chris’ vision for Small Acres is to create a space where sustainable practices are the norm, not the exception. He is dedicated to cultivating a farm that is not only productive but also environmentally responsible and community-oriented.
At the heart of our farm is a commitment to community. We believe that a farm is more than just a place to grow food – it’s a place to grow connections.
We collaborate with other farmers, share ideas, and learn from one another. We open our doors to the public, offering tours and educational opportunities.
We host events that bring people together to celebrate the bounty of the earth and the joy of community.
Small Acres is where friends meet friends.
We’re proud to say our dedication to sustainable practices and innovative solutions has not gone unnoticed! In 2019, Small Acres Farm was honored with the Innovator Farmer Award, a testament to our commitment to pushing the boundaries of small-scale farming.
Excerpt from the Community Food Co-Op newsletter:
Solar panels, timed irrigation, and systems to create on-farm compost are just a few examples of technological innovations developed by Chris and Mia Devine. Energy resource specialists Mia and Chris have helped other farms reduce their carbon footprint while constantly pushing the limits of small-scale farming.
A nominator summed it up by saying:
“Small Acres is one of the best examples of small-scale sustainable agriculture done right in Whatcom County. They have been an amazing resource for other farmers and have approached their farming practices with great intention and forethought.”