Catching up

I want to start posting regular updates about our activities as we grow, but in order to do that I need to first catch everyone up on what’s happened so far. Here’s a brief illustrated timeline.

On May 17th, we signed paperwork to lease the whole new farm property.

On June 2nd, we took down the “For Sale” sign.
Taking down the for sale sign

On June 26th, (I think) the cows arrived: 13 cows and a calf, delivered by Tom Clark in Sequim, who’s awesome. Various breeds, mostly Angus crosses.

On July 1st, we signed all the paperwork and bought the farm. !!!

On July 2nd, the WSDA Organic inspector came to the farm for the initial visit to certify our hay. We don’t yet have our certificate but we don’t anticipate any issues — we’re just waiting for the physical paper to arrive.

On July 5th, we brought 17 Tamworth pigs home from Oregon, all in the back of the pickup truck.

Tams in truck

It is surprisingly difficult to take a decent picture of a pickup truck full of pigs.

We put them out on pasture, which they love.

On July 17th, neighbor Spike started cutting the hay in the main pasture.

free range bales

On July 18th, we bought six Katahdin sheep: two rams, two ewes (a 2-yr-old and a 6-month-old) and two week-old ewe lambs belonging to the older ewe. One of the rams will go to freezer camp later this year but the four girls and one ram will stay as our breeder herd.

Lauren and lambs

On July 21st, we expanded the cows’ area for the first time, which resulted in spending 3 hours chasing the calf and her mom all around the fields, trying to get them back inside the electric fence. Say what you will about chasing cows around — and I said many things about it at the time — at least you can get a decent close-up picture while you stand in the field at an impasse with a cow who has apparently not read the chapter in the cow book about how to herd them.

On July 24th, all the hay was in the barn, and the turkeys, chickens, and duck had all made the move from Bainbridge to the new farm, where they disdained the roost Garth built for them and chose instead to squeeze onto a ledge. A barn full of hay and a pile of chickens in the dark both turn out not to be good photography subjects.

Yesterday, August 3rd, I picked up three Pilgrim goslings, who at 3.5 months old are actually pretty much fully grown.

Any number of things are in the works still — finding a tractor; getting ready to slaughter; actually starting to market our products; possibly holding an open house and/or a barnwarming party; finding some more lamb and goats so we can have a rounded-out product list in the fall; preparing for broiler chicks to arrive in a couple of weeks; and oh yeah, actually finishing packing and getting our Bainbridge house sold.

Given all that, we’re both tired and somewhat overwhelmed, but happy to have everything underway!

Oh — don’t forget to check us out on Facebook for more timely updates and cute pictures.

  5 comments for “Catching up

  1. Chandler
    August 4, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Looking great you two. Very excited to see the amazing farm you guys create there!

  2. Mark Ellis
    August 5, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Thanks for the update. How big a tractor do you need? Maybe we can help. Mark

  3. Becky
    August 5, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Congratulations times a million! This is so exciting!

  4. August 5, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Wow!! What a difference, an insta-farm! Congrats on a busy and successful first two months. -Maura and the PCC Farmland Trust team.

  5. Susan
    August 7, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Congratulations and WELCOME! We are SO happy to have you as neighbors! We live up the hill behind your farm (our property looks out over the southern boundary of your place). Many, many thanks to you and to PCC Farmland Trust for not letting that property go to the developers. Looking forward to seeing your farm grow!

    Susan and Greg Harris

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