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Bill White Farms


A nonprofit organization in Park City, Utah

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Bill White Farms


A nonprofit organization in Park City, Utah

 

who we are

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.

What we offer

As a nonprofit organization, we offer several different programs that benefit our local community. Check our nonprofit programs below and click on the button to learn more. 

 
We have partnered with the Christian Center of Park City to provide a series of cooking demonstrations for their clients. We show how to make a delicious, nutritious, and affordable meal that the entire family will love. Click below to find out more! 

We have partnered with the Christian Center of Park City to provide a series of cooking demonstrations for their clients. We show how to make a delicious, nutritious, and affordable meal that the entire family will love. Click below to find out more! 

We believe in sustaining our community through food. That's why we created our Farm-To-Pantry program where we donate farm-fresh vegetables, eggs, and more to our local food pantry. Click on the button below to see a video message from Rob Harter about our program! 

We believe in sustaining our community through food. That's why we created our Farm-To-Pantry program where we donate farm-fresh vegetables, eggs, and more to our local food pantry. Click on the button below to see a video message from Rob Harter about our program! 

We provide free, ongoing sustainability tours for our community and for anyone interested in learning how to health the earth through sustainable farming and ranching practices. Click below to schedule your tour! 

We provide free, ongoing sustainability tours for our community and for anyone interested in learning how to health the earth through sustainable farming and ranching practices. Click below to schedule your tour! 

We donate dinners at the farm for nonprofit organizations who want to raise funds during the dinner. Click below to read about how Stein Eriksen Foundation raised $50,000 during one of our dinners. 

We donate dinners at the farm for nonprofit organizations who want to raise funds during the dinner. Click below to read about how Stein Eriksen Foundation raised $50,000 during one of our dinners. 

What's Blooming At The Farm

We are loving the summer and all the new life on the farm! Check out some of the exciting images of our newest additions!  

Do you want to be a part of our nonprofit mission to help heal the earth and sustain our community through food? Please consider donating today by clicking the button below. 

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The Mission


 

Our nonprofit mission is to sustain our community through food. We're growing it. We're sharing it. We provide education tours for organizations and children from all over the country who want to learn about sustainable farming and ranching. 
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The Mission


 

Our nonprofit mission is to sustain our community through food. We're growing it. We're sharing it. We provide education tours for organizations and children from all over the country who want to learn about sustainable farming and ranching. 
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.

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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

What's New

Combining the love of good food, within an affordable budget, and with the concern for healthy living we have partnered with the Christian Center of Park City in launching our cooking demonstrations program. 

the farm by the numbers

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History


The farm is a resurrection of a historical property and restoring an agricultural history that once defined our community 100 years ago.

History


The farm is a resurrection of a historical property and restoring an agricultural history that once defined our community 100 years ago.

Bill White, a successful Park City restaurateur, had his eye on the successful Hixson property for years.  He tried to buy the land several times without success. Finally on his 5th attempt, he successfully purchased the property from Steve Hixson, who originally had bought it from the Rasmussen family.  The property consisted of several old rundown sheds and buildings that still existed Park City’s historic mining days.  The property structures were near collapsed due to gravity and time.  Due to this, it took several years to grade and terrace the property, install infrastructure like water and electricity lines, and plant initial crops and orchards, all whilst tending to the chickens and turkeys. 

One of the buildings on the farm was salvaged from Mother Urban’s Brothels, which was at the current nursery location.  The original barn and house still exists from the 1930's, being restored into gathering and dining spaces.  We have and will continue to preserve many original elements of the buildings, so that people can better understand how locals lived during the mining era of Park City.    

Our neighbor State Highway 224, is a blessing and a curse.  It is a way for people to see what we are doing, and to improve the presentation of the Park City entry corridor.  At the same time, it hinders the ease of accessing the farm, as well as the safety of wildlife that seek refuge on our property and in our ponds.  We are working closely with UDOT to figuring out how to protect animals as well as regulate and control parking and traffic control.

I have learned to move more slowly. When you rush into a project as fast as I tend to do… it can have negative repercussions. I’ve learned how to ease into it. You need the relationships and patience to do something like this.
— Bill White

Today the farm is home to 150 chickens, 20 small 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.  We are meeting this summer with the Department of US Agriculture, as we work on developing an organic fish farm.

We raise our own worms to feed the fish, and so they are going to get a varied diet of insects and worms that we raise- so that the meat will taste really good.  Fish farming has a really negative connotations. Salmon, for example, often is fed a meal made from salmon.  That is why the meat isn't a normal consistency and has toxins throughout.  Our fish will be 100% organic and clean.  In addition, we will have computers to monitor the water quality.  None of which is happening in the current fish farming industry.

The small acreage of our farm couldn’t produce enough to sustain our restaurants.  The concept is the opposite of what people assume.  We bring all of the compost from the restaurants to the farm.  We are able to grow herbs and produce year round this way in our greenhouses.  The chefs can come by and use the herbs and produce for seasonal nightly specials, but we aren’t trying to be the main supplier for any of our properties.  

The compo-stable material  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.  Currently, we are in full construction mode as we work to restore 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.  It’s historic values will be shown on display for all visitors to educate themselves on Park City history.

Our impact on the local community will be different for everyone- whether it is a tourist admiring our vibrant Christmas lights, nightly family walks by the duck ponds and flowers, attending a delectable non-profit farm-to-table dinner, or someone's child learning about sustainable agriculture during a tour.  We are here to make our community a better place.  We want people to know that we are hoping something for the benefit of others.  In the end, this place is what you want it to be.  It’s not a planned or predictable project – but it will evolve as we do.