Hazelnut Work Party, Sat Feb 24th

We’re going nuts on the farm next week. Hazelnuts, to be precise. Logan, Lacey, Brendon and Shay have prepared the northeast pasture for 160(!) adorable hazelnut saplings that we’ll be putting into the ground this coming Saturday, February 24th at the farm, at 3057 7th St, in Port Townsend. We’d love to have all the help…

The Good Life

Most of you know that I’ve spent the better part of January up and around the farm. It’s been an experiment in seeing whether I’m more effective pushing things ahead with the well, the city wetland permits and the like in person than I have been over the phone. So far, results have been…mixed. But…

Into the Woods

So, this is just a chatty update, but I realized that I forgot to tell y’all: A few months ago, we arranged to buy 20 acres of woods on the north edge of the farm. I’d only actually ventured into those woods a couple of times, and it didn’t usually end well. But when the…

Wintering

We’ve got two weeks to go until the solstice, but tonight, at these latitudes, is the earliest sunset of the year. Last night, in the dark before the waning moon rose, the coyotes came right up under the back porch window and howled their hearts out. Perhaps they were after the field mice that have…

Winter’s Call

It’s been almost two months (two months!) since I’ve been back – work, travel, family and the usual exigencies of life – and in that time, Autumn has swept entirely by. My understanding of farm life and farming is still laughably meager for someone nominally in charge of such a bounty of land, but I…

Well, Well, Hey, Hey…

Yeah, I know it should be “Hay, Hay,” but work with me here: stuff’s happening on the farm. We’ve got the start of a hole in the ground for a well, and veteran hayer Greg Lechtenberg has his vintage tractors out haying the back forty. Our own tractor finally has its new wheels, too, and…

Closer to That Day

Just about a year ago, when we got our first actual (intentional) animals on the farm, I wrote: I know, I know, some day in the not too distant future, I’m going to be really frustrated with all this and curse myself for having taken on such an enormous project for which I am so…

When it All Comes Together

This time, we had a bit better idea of what to expect when planning a work party. I mean, we’d done it once before, right? We had volunteers. We had a whiteboard. We had coffee and pie and designated task masters for each prioritized task. We had chainsaws, weed whackers, hedge trimmers and machetes. We…

Work Party! This Sunday, June 25th

Okay – it’s on! Some of us will get started earlier, but we’ll plan to kick things off real at 10 a.m. this coming Sunday, June 25th, at 3057 7th St, Port Townsend. We’d love to have anyone and everyone who can stop by to join us, whether to pitch in for a little or…

Fathers Day on the Farm

If, last year, you’d given me a multiple choice quiz on how I would elect to spend this Fathers Day, I might have suggested Cooking waffles for friends and family Flying Hiking up some glorious mountain somewhere. Crawling around under a greasy tractor, hammering away on a bolt with a wrench as long as my…

Playing Tractor

In aviation, they say that any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. And if you can use the plane again, it’s a great landing. If those metrics transfer to tractors, I just did a great job of mowing my first field. By which I mean I didn’t die, and our tractor…

Hood St. Block Party

There are worse ways to meet the neighbors, but I suppose there are better ways, too. I’d gotten an early start into pulling out the Scotch Broom above the house pond – I figured I’d see how far I could get before my arms gave out and wanted to get to it before it got…