Owner and Manager
Meadow Creature LLC designs and manufactures high-quality hand- and electric-powered tools for gardens, small farms, and small-scale food processing.
Meadow Creature reflects founder Bob Powell's lifelong interest in design, metal work, and electrical systems. After a career in the software industry, Bob returned to his roots as an inventor-designer, and launched a CNC machining and metal fabrication business. Responding to the requests of our farmer-neighbors led to the creation of our broadfork and other products.
Meadow Creature supports authentically sustainable, community-based farming. We believe that producing food locally can build community resilience, even as global food production and distribution becomes increasingly vulnerable to disruption.
We are located on Vashon Island, Washington, in the heart of Puget Sound. Many of our close neighbors are small-scale organic farmers. The Puget Sound bioregion enjoys vibrant farm and garden cultures -- our farmer's markets, CSA programs, and home gardens are thriving. We design tools to support their success.
Meadow Creature's Vashon Broadfork was our first product; the Avalon Cider Press was added in 2014. The Island Chicken Plucker is in the works for next year.
Commitment to Sustainability
We are a small-scale manufacturer. Our core mission is to support authentically sustainable, community-based horticulture and agriculture. We are committed to respecting our employees and local environment, to source materials and services within our community wherever possible, and to support our community's health and prosperity.
Meadow Creature LLC donates at least 3% of our gross sales, in products and services, to non-profit organizations who work in support of empowering people to feed themselves, and protect our health and environment. Since 2011 we have donated over 80 broadforks across the United States to schools, community gardens, land trusts, and other non-profits where people grow food and share skills. We have also donated over $50,000 in manufacturing services to BURN Design Lab, creating fuel-efficient, health-sustaining, and non-polluting cookstoves for the developing world. Your business enables us to share our tools and capabilities with these organizations.