The Turkey Curse

The Turkey Curse

Some things out here just feel cursed.  Problems happen.  Practically every day something needs fixing.  With seven buildings, three tractors, a dozen or so implements, an old truck, and a couple hundred animals things are bound to break.  Luckily Sam can fix just about anything.  But there are occasionally things that just don’t stay fixed…like … Continue reading

This Morning

Farmers deal in a risky business, one that is rooted in the cycle of life and death.  And most of the time, I can take it in stride.  Swearing is a common occurrence.  I can often be seen holding my head in my hands, or, for that matter, throwing my hands in the air.  But crying … Continue reading

Turkeys in the Dark

I’ve decided that vegetables just aren’t funny.  Or dramatic.  All summer long, I thought and thought of stories to share.  Nothing.  The drama of dying corn or invasive weeds just don’t spark good stories, they just aren’t that interesting to most people.  And what happened in the darkness of today’s stormy morning isn’t particularly funny, … Continue reading

Chicken Chores

Chicken Chores

I’m on my way outside to begin my morning chores…a little later than usual.  Yes, farmers procrastinate too.  We are raising our chickens differently than we have in the past.  We are raising them on pasture, in little “tractors”:  covered pens that we move daily.  Yes, daily.  And there are three of them, filled with … Continue reading

Just one more…

Just one more…

Everything about life on the farm is dictated by the domino effect.  In order to plant, there are 10 steps that need to happen first.  We are installing a toilet in an outbuilding – no, we need to rip out the plumbing and rebuild a bathroom.  We have learned to expect the unexpected.  Everything takes twice … Continue reading

A Lambing Adventure

A Lambing Adventure

Friday morning went something like this. 6:00  Sam left for work.  Or, rather he staggered to work as his two ruptured discs are acting up again. I went out to feed the animals and check for new lambs.  No new lambs, but one mother obviously in labor – pawing & sniffing the ground and bleating … Continue reading

By The Numbers

By The Numbers

Farming is a lot of math.  Row feet.  Days to harvest.  Schedules.  Acres, tons, application rates.  Cubic yards, drip rates, planting densities.  It’s a good thing that we like numbers.  Number seem firm, dependable, predictable…nothing like farming. So here is our week in numbers. Inches of snow:  18 Number of ducks spotted in our field:  … Continue reading

Time to Sign Up for Your 2014 CSA!

Time to Sign Up for Your 2014 CSA!

Weekly delivery of fresh, local vegetables are in the works for 2014!  Beginning in June, we’ll be bringing to Bellingham delicious organically-grown vegetables for our 2014 CSA members.  This year we will be focusing on the staples – carrots, lettuce, beans, cucumbers, tomatoes – while adding a few things to spice it up. Full shares … Continue reading

Snow Day!

Snow Day!

The snow is still falling here at Sage & Sky – almost a foot and counting.  I think the farm is the most beautiful when it is covered with a blanket of white.  The animals are all snug in the barn, just coming out to frolic (yes, they actually frolic) in the snow.  We now … Continue reading

Up and Running

Up and Running

The new season as begun!  After a 3 month “rest”, we are hitting the ground running with new baby lambs.  These came Friday night to an experienced, if flighty, mother named Sally.  The darker one is a ewe and the one with the white head is a ram.  They are doing great.  This is our … Continue reading