• 5 Tips for Building Raised Garden Beds

    It’s been a while since I (Venise) blogged. When it comes to our strengths Belinda is the stronger writer so I generally let her shine on the blog while I dig in the dirt. But, I am excited to share some gardening tips with you so I taking a break from the dirt to try to put some words on a “page”. Since Ross and I have been feverishly working to rebuild our raised garden beds and get everything installed in time for the busy growing season it is a great time to share 5 tips for building raised garden beds. Leave enough room for your equipment I am making…

  • Flowers Crowns and Pregnant Cows: an Ode to Motherhood

    Motherhood- holy cow. I could write 120,000 words on the subject, and I can also sum it up in a sentence: it’s the most beautiful, impossible, challenging and rewarding job/privilege I’ve ever had. It’s a job I’ve always wanted, but I never could have imagined how it would play out. I was an odd adolescent (are you surprised?) and I used to have this fantasy of being a fiercely independent, single mother to a precocious, female toddler and traveling the European continent as a duo, selling my handcrafted chocolates. Yes, it was a fantasy stolen directly from the movie Chocolat, and it is a great example of my younger self’s…

  • Happy Mother’s day: an ode to stepmoms

    Mother’s Day is a busy day for us because we are blessed to have a lot of moms in our lives. We’ve talked a lot on this blog about how our grandmother’s inspire us and we have talked about what our awesome mama did so right in raising us, but until now we haven’t given our stepmom, Jill, the spotlight. And let me tell you, she deserves it. Stepmoms have it hard from the start. They come into your life with their Pocahontas drawing skills and as a bratty 7 year old you demand their artistry be put to use immediately as a sort of test to entry into your life. When they kindly demure,…

  • How Henry eats his veggies: one picky 1 year old’s menu

    It drives me crazy that my child won’t eat a balanced diet. Let’s just start there. In theory I know that kids are often picky, heck I was, though that was mostly my sister’s fault. I copied everything Venise did and she remains to this day a particular eater. In practice, Henry’s picky eating aggravates me to no end. I take food really seriously, always have. I love eating it (as an adult I am a pretty adventurous eater), growing it and cooking it. I also hate waste. So watching my child refuse to eat the veggies I have lovingly prepared for him is incredibly frustrating for me. When I first became a parent, feeding…

  • 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…

  • Love Is War Fundraiser Update

    WOW… this is really cool guys. We raised a total of $2,210 at our photos shoot fundraiser to benefit the St. Baldrick’s foundation for childhood cancer research. This was our first event at the farm that we publicized outside of our friends and family and it was awesome to see the response as you all rallied behind us. Some big thanks are in order for such a successful day. Thank you to everyone who spread the word on social media and told their friends about this event, we could not have done it without you! Thank you for our raffle basket donations, they were a fun addition to the day. Thank you to…

  • Mother’s Day: A lesson from my mama

    I got teary listening to this song and singing along at 50 odd miles an hour on the way to work, going way too fast on Hobart-Issaquah road and directly past a waiting cop. Luckily I didn’t get pulled over, but even if I had, it might have still been worth it. I was having one of those moments of living completely in the moment. I got all kinds of emotional thinking about all of the wonderful, supportive, strong people in my life, especially those who raised me. It was Mother’s Day this last weekend, and this day has never meant more to me than this year. It isn’t just because  I am now a mom and…

  • Love is War: what to do around town after you get your pictures taken

    The response so far to our first ever public farm charity event has been really exciting and inspiring to us. We would LOVE to sell out our first ever event so please continue to share the news with your friends that they can get professional family pictures taken this weekend for just $50 for 30 minute sessions! We figured since a lot of folks will be joining us from outside the plateau community this weekend, we would let you all in one some of the best places around to visit while you are here. Besides the beautiful views of fields and Mt. Rainier that will greet you on your drive in…

  • 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…