• The signs of labor in cows

    Two years ago we welcomed our very first calf on the farm when Mama struggled through labor and delivered a healthy heifer (girl) calf we named Mae. Fast forward two years and our baby is all grown up and having babies of her own. Mae is scheduled to calve sometime soon. If we were full time farmers who had the opportunity to spend more time in the barn and less time in our corporate offices we would have been regularly observing and recording Mae’s heat cycles and would know when she was bred. But, alas, we are busy modern day farmers who work day jobs and try to do our best when…

  • A letter to Deyton

    Dear Deyton, Yesterday a very wealthy couple, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, wrote a letter to their newborn daughter, Max, with a plan and a pledge to donate $45 billion dollars to help ensure that your generation grows up in a world better than ours today. As I read the news, I was thankful that a couple with so much power, because of the money they have made, feel morally responsible to make the world a better place not just for their own child but for every child. But, I also felt a little small, a little insignificant. You see, like Priscilla and Mark, I also want to make the world a better place and there are…

  • Happy Thanksgiving

    It’s almost Thanksgiving! Are you ready? Last year, the farm hosted an epic  Thanksgiving feast for FIFTY people so this year we are taking Thanksgiving off. We will sit back, let my aunt work her tail off making the meal and hosting our crazy, fabulous family and bask in the gluttony that is Thanksgiving. But, it wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we didn’t cook our own bird so Farmer Ross will still fire up the propane heater later this weekend and deep fry our farm raised turkey. We have never raised turkeys before, and quite frankly, we have zero interest in raising turkeys in the future (I have heard horror stories that they…

  • Happy Labor Day

      A farm is truly a labor of love. I love coming home and looking at my old barn and silo. I love digging in the dirt and checking on my little garden. I love harvesting garlic and meeting customers at our annual garlic sale (happening now). I love making my rounds and visiting the cows (two new ones recently added), chickens, goats and pigs (if you follow our Instagram or Facebook accounts you would know we added pigs recently) when I get home from my 9-5! And, I love sharing all the simple goodness with my family and friends. It is the love of farming and rural living that…

  • Growing Garlic: Cutting Scapes

    Farmer Ross and I have gotten a lot of questions recently filled with anxiety and enthusiasm asking “what should I be doing with my garlic”?  Because garlic is a winter crop, it is often one of the first crops to be harvested in the summer. Since I had so many questions this year I thought I would write a quick post about what the next few months entail for all you budding garlic farmers! First, if you are growing hardneck garlic in the Pacific Northwest, your scapes should be ready to cut. I usually cut ours as soon as the scape has made a full curl. The scapes are the…

  • Our Weekend Adventures and Baby Goats

    Man things around the farm are busy! In Washington we all look forward to this time of year when the gray skies start to clear and summer takes shape. On the farm, the spring and summer are the busiest parts of the year and this year is going to be no different. In an effort to get some last minute R&R before the craziness of summer takes over, our family took a short trip across the mountains to Lake Chelan for Kate’s 14th birthday! Originally Kate wanted to go to the ocean and go clam digging but the warmer than normal weather brought upon an algae attack in the ocean and they…

  • Get Dirty for a Good Cause

    Have you heard? We are hosting a photo shoot on the farm to help find a cure for childhood cancer! Doing a farm photoshoot with lots of mud has been a dream of mine that all started with too much wine, too much sun and an impromptu mud photo session on a river bank in Eastern Washington with with my cousins, sister, aunt and grandma.   There is something about mud between the toes that brings out the kid in you.  As adults, how often are we willing to get down and play in the mud with a kid? When is the last time you got your hands dirty, really dirty? When is…

  • Egg Bound Chicken Update

    I know you are all hanging on the edge of your seat waiting for an update on our egg bound chicken. Everyone wants to know, what happened to the chicken with the egg stuck inside her!?! I have good news…the chicken is healing and our detective skills were right! The chicken did indeed have an egg stuck inside of her and the egg did indeed break, just like Farmer Rpss thought in the Egg Bound Chicken Part I video. After her initial stay with close monitoring in the ICU (aka a kennel in our dining room) the chicken has been treated with antibiotics and is starting to perk up nicely.…

  • Egg Bound Chicken

    To be a great farmer, one must also be a great detective. Because our animals cannot speak to us in words, we spend a lot of time trying to guess their needs. Over the past few days we have had the chance to hone our detective skills when we noticed one chicken who wasn’t being her usual chicken self. Rather than hanging out with the other chickens she has been laying in the goat stall on the ground, which is never a good sign. When the other chickens were flocking to the feeder in the morning fighting for food, she hardly turned her head, an even worse sign. It didn’t take…