About Frances

“Every aspect of our lives is,
in a sense, a vote for the kind of
world we want to live in."
~Frances Moore Lappé


Frances has created a project called 41 Whidbey Places, a collection of true stories linked to special locations on Whidbey Island, Washington. The stories are personal; the places are public. Together they form a mosaic of Island life. Visit 41WhidbeyPlaces to read the stories, find their settings and view photos. The story collection continues to grow.

Frances and her husband try their hardest to eat locally and follow sustainable gardening practices on their eight acres. The veggie garden produces various greens, peas (snow and sugar pod), onions, leeks, potatoes, raspberries, blueberries, carrots, beets, tomatoes, kale, Brussels sprouts, chard, asparagus, herbs and several types of squashes. The orchard’s bounty includes apples, plums, figs, and pears. They particularly enjoy growing Rockwell beans, a variety that old-timers claim is unique to Whidbey Island. The bean’s heritage can be traced back as far as 1890 when Elisha G. Rockwell grew them.

In good years the vineyard of Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe grapes are turned into a nice fruity white wine blend.










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