Skipley Farm began in 2008, at the transition of Gil Schieber's career from Urban Edible Landscaper-practicing nearly 25 years at the Seattle Tilth location in Wallingford. Skipley Farm is a destination farm, future offering PYO in fruit-Apples, Blueberries, Grapes, Cherries, Peach, and Berries- namely Currant, Elderberry, Raspberry, Boysenberry, Aronia, Huckleberry, Sea Buckthorn, Blackberry, Loganberry, Marionberry, Strawberry. Gil also has an abundance of mixed vegetables that go to market. CSA is on the horizon, as the farm develops diversity. There is a small nursery where thousands of fruit trees and berries are offered for sale as a spin-off of Gil's passion and skill for growing plants.
With a B.S. degree in Commercial Horticulture from Pennsylvania, Gil bicyled west, worked market farms, supervised wholesale and retail nurseries, became Principal gardener at the U of W Arboretum and Principal at Seattle Tilth and Historic Seattle's Good Shepherd Center grounds- creating the garden there over 24 years. With a dedication to observing natural cycles, Gil has maintained Historic Seattle gardens using no-spray, organic principles, becoming a model for municipal landscape management.
He is funding the farm through his successful design/build/maintain landscape company- Borealis Landscape & Design, Inc.-initiated in 2000 with the birth of a son. www.Borealislandscape.com
has created over 200 gardens in the Northwest-design/building postage sized food gardens to exemplary parcels over 100 acres. With Gil's background in Horticulture, Permaculture, Environmental Studies and Design, matched with his enthusiasm, he is an excellent speaker or consultant on a myriad of garden topics. Employed in the plant kingdom since he was twelve, this marks his 40th green year!
Apprenticing and employment are possible with the right match. Skipley Farm/ Borealis Landscape is currently seeking a person with a strong garden background, landscape experience, plant knowledge, and enthusiasm within the field. Through this relationship, this person may become experienced in the diversity of farm/landscape practices. Education is always a part of the day.