Farm Journal

The farm journal is a place to capture bits and pieces of our life and work that often gets missed or left behind in the general shuffle of daily routines and seasonal shifts. In agriculture, I am learning new things all the time and I appreciate the opportunity to share my reflections with you. Thanks for reading!


Sheep and Soil Health

The sheep have taken over the farm! People have heard me say this a lot, and it’s true. We started out with a handful of “pet” sheep, re-homed from a retiring cheesemaker, and now we have a grade A dairy and creamery. We have transitioned out of wholesale vegetables, but we are still growing a…

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Market Season!

Farmer’s market season is in full swing! If you can’t make it to one of our on-farm cheese shops, find us at a Saturday market! We will have our cheese, yarn, and herbs available. We have been in Bellingham a few Saturdays already and this will be our first season in Anacortes. I have loved…

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Eat More Cheese!

That is my motto, mantra, main dietary guideline! A lot of folks have been asking about how they can buy our cheese. We are slowly, but surely, getting it out into the world and doing a few farmer’s markets. We are also having some pop-up, cheese shops on the farm. This is a chance to…

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Patiently Waiting

Our lamb due date was March 17th. Well, that was the first possible date that lambs could arrive. Lambing then usually lasts for a least two to three weeks. So, now I am eagerly checking the barn several times a day. This week there is a full moon that also coincides with the spring equinox.…

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Memory Lane

Dean and I are celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary this week. It has also been eight years since moving to this farm. Before settling here I moved every few years or sometimes even months in my young, adult life. Now, these eight years seem like nothing. A blink. Time has flown by and in many…

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Snow Day!

We woke up to a few inches of snow, which is a lot for northwestern Washington. Most things scheduled for today were cancelled, including our annual flock check with the vet. There isn’t a ton of snow on the road, but enough to make you slip and slide into one of our enormous, rural ditches.…

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Heart of Summer!

Hello August! I am not quite sure where July went, but here we are in the heart of the summer! We have had a nice mixture of weather (hot, cold, wet, dry) in the Skagit Valley, so I can’t complain. And the evening skies have been incredible! Our second cheese, Fleecemaker, is OUT and we…

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Here We Go!

We have arrived in summer! The year has been busy so far with new farm projects underway and the ongoing adjustment to being a family of four. I won’t lie to you–I am tired. And, I am also severely disturbed by the news these days. However, I want to use the time I have right…

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