• 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…

  • Happy National Agriculture Day

    Today is National Agriculture Day! Ag Day is about recognizing – and celebrating – the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. The National Ag Day program encourages every American to: Understand how food and fiber products are produced. Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy. Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products. In celebration of this important day I thought it would be appropriate to share some fun agriculture facts you might be able to use at the next trivia night or when you want to one up that know-it-all at the dinner party. Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family. The…

  • Corporate Lingo on the Farm

    One of the things Farmer Ross and I have in common with other modern day farmers is our day job. In addition to all our farm chores, we both work full time jobs. We straddle the line between country living and the hustle and bustle of corporate America. We get up with the sun, feed cows, goats and chickens, fight commuter traffic to our jobs, put in our eight hours and then turn around do it all in the reverse order. While the whole process can be exhausting it certainly helps keep us well rounded. We get dressed in our work clothes, but seldom leave the farm without stray pieces of hay…

  • Growing Garlic: mid-winter check-in

    Spring has sprung in the Pacific Northwest, for now. Its been a bit of a crazy year. The frogs are singing, the sun is shining and the crocuses are blooming and its only February! Farmer Ross and I got giddy this weekend with all the sunshine poking through the usually gloomy clouds and decided to do some spring cleaning around the farm as well as check in on our garlic. As it turns out, the garlic is also loving the sunshine! Kate came over and helped us dig up a few sprouts and check the progress. As you can see in the picture Kate was also excited about the sun, she wore…

  • Sheep Shearing Adventure

    This last weekend Deyton, Farmer Ross and I went to  the Bless Ewe Sheep Company farm to learn all about shearing sheep. This was my second time watching the sheep get hair cuts and Ross and Deytons first. Last year Belinda and I went for our first ever sheep shearing adventure and we had a great time meeting Stewie the famous lamb and learning all about sheep and their fleece.  Sheep shearing day is the equivalent of harvest day for farmers. It is the culmination of all the hard work they put in throughout the year and because the fleece is sold, it is also pay day! Despite the very rainy and…

  • Breeding Season

    All of our does recently returned to the farm after a brief stay at the Hidden Circle Farm where they had a romantic stay with their buck boyfriend Razz. The gestation period for goats is about 5 months so we are hoping that come May and June we will be able to post lots of pictures of cute baby goats! This year was the first year I actually caught one of my goats, Sade, the biggest flirt of them all, showing signs of her being in heat. Last year in my Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy post, I shared about how Sade was not very enthusiastic about going to the breeders, but this year she was…

  • A Long Awaited Farm Update

    Oh its been SOOOOO long! I have taken a little hiatus from blog posts, but I promise I have a good reason! My good reason was born on September 25, 2014 at Swedish Hospital and weighed 5.8lbs, was 17.25″ long and is named Deyton . She came two weeks early, and was perfect upon her arrival. Before her arrival, Ross and I were running around like chickens with their you know what cut off trying to get as many chores done as we could before our lives changed forever. All the running around (or rather waddling around) and the exhaustion that comes during the last few months of pregnancy left me…

  • Expensive Seed

    Yesterday was one of those days most dog owners try to avoid. Generally speaking Pearl is a really healthy dog and we have spent very little in the way of vet bills. Besides eating something that resembled a peach pit just a few days after we got her and having to decide to let nature takes its course or go in to remove the blockage, Pearl has been a pretty easy keeper (we decided to let nature take its course and it did). But, then three days ago Pearl and Ross were playing frisbee out in the pasture and in mid toss, Pearl suddenly stopped chasing the frisbee and started shaking…

  • What to Expect When You Are A Farmer Expecting

    There are thousands of blogs written for parents who are expecting. I love reading these blogs and decided to share my own thoughts on what one can expect when expecting. To make it interesting, I thought it would be fun to share my experiences as a farmer. So, here are five things women who farm can expect when they are expecting! Enjoy! Don’t be surprised if you compare yourself to livestock If you raise livestock, it is almost a sure bet that throughout your pregnancy you will compare yourself and your experiences to those of the livestock you raise in the barn. Don’t be surprised if you accidentally or jokingly referring to your cycles as…

  • I can’t resist…more baby goat videos

    EB had her babies last night while I was in car driving home from work. Luckily Kate and Ross were home to help. She delivered three kids, one large buckling (boy), one small buckling, and one very small doeling. The doeling is adorable with pretty blue eyes. She had a hard time figuring the whole nursing thing so Kate and I helped her out with a bottle to make sure she got the nutrient rich colostrum. Hopefully by the time I get home tonight her brothers have shown her the ropes. Below are some videos I took because I absolutely cannot resist the cuteness and I am guess neither can…