Hungry Hollow: A Brief History
1888 - 1940: Vegetables & Grapes
Hungry Hollow is located in Shelton, WA and was settled in 1888 by my great grandfather, Jacob Edmund Jones. Surviving those first few winters eating beans and potatoes, he was literally hungry. But his hard work and persistence paid off, and Hungry Hollow became a successful "truck farm," growing vegetables and grapes and trucking them to the local markets.
1940 - 2017: Pasture-based Livestock & Berries
The farm transitioned to a small-scale livestock operation in the 1940's and remains that way to this day. It was managed by my grandfather Alfred Jones for many years, and later by my Uncle Fred, who still lives on the farm and manages forest operations. My parents also lived on the farm and grew strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, and Christmas trees in the 1980's.
Growing up I was horrified to learn about factory farming, and the catastrophic effects it has on the environment, our health, and the well-being of billions of animals. I knew there was a better way to raise animals, but farmers doing things this way seemed to be few and far between. The livestock operation at Hungry Hollow shrank over the years, dwindling down to just three cows in 2017...
2017 - Present: Hungry Hollow Re-launch
In 2017 I left my job and apartment in Seattle and returned to live in the old farmhouse. I purchased the remaining cows from my Uncle and have since added chickens for both eggs and meat, heritage turkeys, and pigs. They all live outside in fields, doing all the rooting, scratching, chasing, pecking, running, jumping, flapping and wallowing that they care to do.
In January, 2018, I launched HungryHollowFarm.com with the goal of raising animals in an environmentally and culturally regenerative way as we all wake up to the horrors of factory farming and the ecological imperatives of a changing climate.
I'm honored to carry on the family farming tradition in a way that may not be "conventional," but it sure feels right.
- Farmer Grant