historic suyematsu farmstead PLANNING STUDY

Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
Client: Friends of the Farms / City of Bainbridge Island

KO Projects led a study to create a holistic plan for capital improvements at the Historic Suyematsu Farmstead, a 5-acre portion of the City-owned farmland which had been owned by Akio Suyematsu since the 1920s.  Suyematsu left the property to the City in 2013 with the stipulation that the land and buildings continue to be used to support agriculture on Bainbridge.  The site's rich history touches on the development of agricultural technology, the Japanese American experience including WWII internment, and First Nations, Filipino, and Indipino farm worker experiences.  Friends of the Farms, the nonprofit that manages city-owned farmland across Bainbridge, was appointed to spearhead a multi-phase process to plan and implement these improvements.
Study objectives included:

  • Preservation and interpretation of historic farm structures, landscapes, and histories

  • Repair and improvement of the properties to accommodate preservation, interpretation, and agricultural use, as well as needed support functions

  • Securing significant artifacts from the site and cataloguing them for future analysis, interpretation, or display

  • Possibility of on-site housing for farm interns and new farmers

  • Sustaining public value, vibrant activity, historic interpretation, and agricultural output at the farm for decades to come.

The study was completed in 2017, and project partners are working to implement near-term recommendations.

With: Bill Moskin, Bill Moskin & Associates