Martha Goodlett   Becky Brown
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  Martha Goodlett
As founder of the Goodlett's Farmlett CSA, Martha Goodlett farmed for seven years on a small leased farm near Auburn, Wa.

In 2000, she realized her lifelong dream of owning her own farm when she and Becky bought Lake Cavanaugh Farm.

Martha was brought up on a Kentucky farm about eight miles outside Frankfort, the state capital. While her older sister and two older brothers were lined up with Scouting, music lessons and other organized activities, Martha spent her time on neighboring farms making hay, growing tobacco and artificially inseminating beef cattle.

But Martha also played French horn, viola and a little piano when she was in high school. To this day, she loves to go to the symphony, where Beethoven, Mahler and Shostakovich are favorites.

Martha earned a bachelor's degree in agronomy (crops and soils) at the University of Kentucky in Lexington and a master's degree there in crop science in 1981.

She came to Seattle in 1984 to take a job with the Washington Cooperative Extension Service as a small farm adviser to some Hmong and Mien refugees in Woodinville. That sparked an interest in cultural issues and international agriculture, and Martha applied to the Peace Corps.

Martha was sent to a small Ecuadoran town in the southern Andes at about 9000 feet elevation, working on a project to increase agricultural production by adding trees to farmland. She also taught school children about organic gardening.

Living in a duplex with no heat, she found the nights cold. She tolerated but never grew to love the local delicacy of guinea pig.

"My Ecuador experience really changed me," says Martha. It gave her a deep appreciation for the limits on the world's resources and the imbalance in resources between the United States and other places in the world like Ecuador. She also came to appreciate "the value of people working together, because that's how things get done in Ecuador."

After returning to Seattle, Martha worked several years as an environmental educator for King County's land use planning department. She then worked for a number of years in the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods as a community garden coordinator.

Martha says of Goodlett's Farmlett and Lake Cavanaugh Farm: "This is what I have wanted to do for as long as I can remember. I was driving a tractor when I was five years old."

One would think that running the farm and a landscaping business and taking in the cultural scene would fill more than enough hours of the day. But, no, Martha arises before 6 a.m. several days of the week to row with the Conibear Rowing Club, a competitive women's master's rowing group based at the Mount Baker Rowing Center.

Though the girl has been taken out of Kentucky, she still harbors a lot of Kentucky within.

"Basically, the economy of Kentucky is whiskey, tobacco, horse racing and strip mining," says Martha. Why the output of her farm is so wholesome is something of a mystery.

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Becky Brown
Unlike Martha, Becky Brown did not grow up on a farm.

Becky spent the first 13 years of her life in a house surrounded by woods in Ridgefield, Connecticut, an historic New England town. She doesn’t have to reach far to discover some roots in the good earth. Both parents were avid gardeners and loved the outdoors. When Becky was about eight, they bought a weekend farm in Vermont.

Becky's grandparents lived on a 100-acre farm on the Maine coast, where they raised Belted Galloway cows. "Our family would visit every summer and I adored the fields, the barns, the cows and the smells," says Becky.

Her family moved to Denver when she was 13. The house had a stable and corral, where a neighbor boarded a horse. Soon Becky had a horse too and rode every afternoon with the girls in the neighborhood.

Her parents eventually retired to a 100-acre farm high on a mesa in Delta, Colorado, with a view below of miles and miles of green, irrigated fields. The place had a large vegetable garden, chickens and fruit trees.

After college, Becky did community development work in Arkansas for four years. She visited her brother in Seattle and fell in love with the city at first sight, moving to the city in 1980. Becky found her professional niche in fundraising for non-profits, working in the field until 2006.

She met Martha Goodlett at Conibear Rowing Club in 1991, where they both still row. They bought Lake Cavanaugh Farm in 2000. While Martha has focused on vegetable and fruit production at the farm. Becky is the flower lady. She studied Ornamental Horticulture at Edmonds Community College and has discovered her own passion for growing ornamental plants and creating a landscape full of color and beauty.