We have been very busy here at the farm! While the Covid-19 virus has made some things a bit more challenging, Karin and I are able to maintain our 6 foot distance and stay healthy. Our egg business has been booming! We can't seem to keep eggs in stock. I have hired a friend to help us maintain and keep the farm expanding! Karin and I have been planting starts for the past few weeks! We are engaging with other farmers for plants that we are not able to grow ourselves, until we are able to get a greenhouse.
Last week a local non-profit bee group placed a hive on our property. Their goals are to diversify the genetics of the local bee populations in our area. Check them out on facebook at #beesarefree through the Urban Evergreen Bee Sanctuary.
This week we have Jack coming to clear our pasture area that is full of stumps and scotchbroom so that we can prepare a healthy pasture for the Finn sheep coming next spring! We are also on the list of a local goat farmer for 2 goat doe's next spring! I will be sure to post before and after pictures of the field building! Another big project this year will be converting our "shop" into the barn for the animals! We have an endangered Mazama Pocket Gopher here in Thurston County which limits are ability to build on the property. So, we are taking advantage of what we already have and living in harmony with the gopher as best we can! So many exciting things happening!
There have been a few challenges for the fiber portion of our business. Last year I started my six year educational journey to become a Master Spinner at Olds College in Alberta, Canada. I'm in the process of finishing up my level 1 studies to send to my advisor, but we found out in April that this years classes have been canceled due to the virus. I also canceled all my teaching classes for the forseeable future. While I could look at this as a major setback I've decided to just switch gears and do what I can to continue my fiber education. So, my friend Meg (owner of Ewe and I Yarn shop in Chehalis, WA) and I are signing up for the three year Master Knitting program online! I believe this will help my understanding of fabrics better and how fiber behaves in fabrics. JUST KEEP LEARNING, that's what I tell myself instead of allowing myself to get low!
I hope this blog finds you well and healthy! Stay safe everyone!