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Bill White Farms


Agriculture.  Sustainability.  Education.

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Bill White Farms


Agriculture.  Sustainability.  Education.

 

about us

As you exit Interstate 80 and drive just less than a mile toward Park City, you'll find Bill White Farms -- a two acre farm in the heart of Park City suburbia that's beginning to thrive. The food being grown here isn't about supplying our eight local eateries; it's about feeding the community.

An aerial shot of the historic 1938 Hixson farm.  Click on the photo to explore more about the history of our property.

An aerial shot of the historic 1938 Hixson farm.  Click on the photo to explore more about the history of our property.

Our owner, Bill White, a successful Park City restaurateur, had his eye for years on the historic Hixson Farm property.  Proven by the success of his 7 restaurants and bakery, Bill is very good at conceptualizing potential, and with the farm property, he saw a diamond in the rough.  His mission is to create a cooperative, community-based experiment by enhancing the entry corridor into Park City.

The farm property, purchased in 2013, was once operated by the Rasmussen family and more recently the Hixson family, was slowly falling apart due to neglect.  The force of gravity took a hold on the property, as the hill behind the farm eroded over the years.  Much of our first years of owning the farm were spent grading and terracing the property, installing infrastructure like water and electricity lines, and planting crops and orchards.

The restoration of the original garage on the property- where we now host our non-profit Farm Dinners.

The restoration of the original garage on the property- where we now host our non-profit Farm Dinners.

Today though, the farm is home to 150 chickens, 20 turkeys, 3 greenhouses, several outdoor gardens, an apple and cherry orchard, bee hives, a fish pond, and the makings for hydroponic gardens- where we will be able to produce heirloom tomatoes year round.  In addition, we are working with the Department of US Agriculture on developing an organic fish farm.

But the purpose of the farm isn’t about raising food to supply our restaurants; rather it’s the restaurants that are sustaining the farm animals and crops.  Several times a week staff drops off huge loads of compo-stable material that is collected at all of the restaurants that is fed to the chickens, which creates highly nutritious and flavorful eggs.  The restaurant scraps are also thrown into compost trays, where worms turn it into highly nutritious soil, which is then used to fertilize the crops, and will eventually be used to feed the fish farm- again creating natural, organic, and flavorful food.

Our mission will never be finished.  Up next we are underway restoring the original 1938 Hixson home, which like the restored garage on the property- where we host our Farm Dinners currently; it will be used as a large gathering and dining space.  In addition, we plan on constructing a 6,000 square foot office at the north end of the property and a 3,000 square foot barn/work shop at the south end of the property.  We will have an extensive root cellar to store our harvests and continually experiment with growing produce year round with a very low carbon foot print.

 
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The Mission


Our purpose is not to create another Park City business, but rather to create a property to feed and educate our local community.

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The Mission


Our purpose is not to create another Park City business, but rather to create a property to feed and educate our local community.

EXPLORE MORE

We are a non-profit 501-c3 set up to benefit the community.  We purpose to fund the ongoing operational expenses of the Farm through donations, the sale of Farm raised products and hosting small events.

The purpose is for the Farm to become an integral part of both Park City and Summit County.  The Farm would provide a place where children and adults alike could come and learn ways to become more connected to their food, the environment and deepen their connection to the Earth.  People can have the opportunity to learn how they can produce items for their dinner table or to be able to purchase items that are grown locally.

It’s a unique project. If there was a case to be made where we want to see that local grown, farm-to-table, boutique agriculture- Bill is probably putting one of the first footsteps on the moon on that one
— Pat Putts- Summit County Development Director

THE BILL WHITE FARMS AND RANCHES ARE BEING DEVELOPED FOR FIVE MAJOR PURPOSES:
1. To support community agriculture and provide a platform to show that growing healthy
food is not only possible, but easy and achievable for all in our mountain environment.

2. To promote the education of best local agricultural practices and animal husbandry to
all people, but especially to children and local individuals that have an interest in what they
eat how it is raised and how they can practice some of our techniques on a personal scale.

3. To operate the facilities in a green and sustainable manner and to show others how to
reduce their own carbon footprint economically and creatively.

4. To continue to host other non-profits such as: The Youth Winter Sports Alliance, The
National Ability Center and Utah Open Lands, to help them raise money for their great
causes at no cost to them.

5. To explore new ways of supplying food to our world. Although a seemly enormous
undertaking, our experiments are already proving viable and revolutionary. We have
been recognized and are now coordinated with some of America’s top meat suppliers, the
National Farm Bureau and other long standing agricultural icons. They are seeking us out
in response to our unfolding ground breaking techniques both with animal husbandry and
best agricultural practices solely through word of mouth.

Funding Assistance
It is through the generosity of our supporters, donors and sponsors that we are able to
continue this project. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you for your
interest and financial support in our endeavors! Without your help we would not be able
to pursue these goals that are not only vitally important to us, but to all.

Welcome to our Agrihood.  Click on the video to learn more about our journey.

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The Progress


Everyday we are working towards trying to feed the community through education.  We will do so through farm tours for schools, hosted dinners for other non-profits, and educating others.

FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY

The Progress


Everyday we are working towards trying to feed the community through education.  We will do so through farm tours for schools, hosted dinners for other non-profits, and educating others.

FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY

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