Meet Your Farmer: Moon Valley Organics
A Perfect Union of Farming & Herbalism
This determined couple, Kim and Aaron Otto, quite literally fell into their dreams of Moon Valley Organics one serendipitous moment at a time and with a lot of hard work. The couple had a vision of combining their passions of farming and natural skincare, to provide relief, healing and comfort to those with skin ailments, directly harnessing the health benefits of farm-grown herbs.
As the story goes, when Kim was an ice cream driver, she would trade ice cream with a local farm for organic veggies. During one exchange, the farm owners asked Kim if she and her husband, Aaron, would be interested in being farmers on their farm. Their answer was an unequivocal YES. Soon after, the owners decided to move away, and Kim and Aaron purchased the farm. However, they both needed to return to the 9-5 workforce to afford the farm and its bounty. After their circumstances stabilized and their daughters were born, they decided to go for it, and their dream of Moon Valley Organics was born.
Calendula flower photo credit Moon Valley Organics
They started their business by producing four bar soaps, rejuvenating lip balm, and their lotion bar, with all ingredients grown on their farm, such as the calendula flower, lemon balm, and mint, as well as beeswax from their farm bees. A few years later, they were able to partner with Dr. Daniel Newman, MD, ND, and DOM, to create medicinal salves too.
Moon Valley Organics is just a part of their business and production. Now living on their dream farm in Mt. Baker community of Deming, WA, they also tend to and nurture their abundant agriculture, including their animals, honey bees, fruits and veggies, herbs and flowers.
Kim takes on the role of loving wife, mother, beekeeper, hardworking co-owner and herbalist of Moon Valley! She takes care of all the things with legs on the farm, including beekeeping and their two handsome cattle dogs. Kim’s “…heart is deeply tied to my thought that all living creatures have rights and I want to live my life with that in mind.” Kim works with women from all over the US to help them become beekeepers of healthy and happy bees.
Photo credit Moon Valley Organics
Aaron enjoys the roles of husband, father, farmer, herbal grower and creative guru. He has an intimate relationship with anything that has roots on their land. Aaron loves that farming brings systems together that have symbiotic relationships. Through being an active participant of the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) program, Aaron hosts aspiring farmers, sharing his passion and educating his guests about organic farming and habitat protection.
Photo credit Moon Valley Organics
Give the gift or farm fresh skincare to your friends and family this holiday season. This hand-made gift set includes three healing natural products including lip balm, cleansing bar, and a lotion bar, all in a nice gift bag. Perfect for easy gifting, while supporting a fabulous family-owned-and-operated company with big dreams.
How To Add Moon Valley Organics to Your Delivery:
Full Circle members – head on over to our online Farm Stand Market to customize your upcoming delivery. Market is open from noon on Thursday until 2 pm on your cutoff date. After you confirm your produce items, click the orange button “Confirm and Continue To Other Farm Products” to add farm products to your delivery.
Not part of our farm family? Find out if we deliver to your neighborhood.
Header photo credit Moon Valley Organics