Friday, August 10, 2007



Farm Fresh!
Amelia and I had a really nice adventure yesterday. We went to visit the farm we have been buying her fresh goats milk from, and to talk to the owner of the farm about joining their stewardship program. The farm is on three acres about an hour's drive from here, and it is beautiful! Amelia is really noticing and enjoying animals right now, and so I am always on the lookout for friendly- looking dogs that we might say hello to when we're out-- Portland is the perfect city for that, by the way! We have a lot of books about animals and go over their names and sounds daily, so it was really great to be able to introduce her to real, live goats, horses, ducks and chickens! She especially hit it off with the goats, who all seem very friendly and docile. It also felt so good to me to be out in the country with all of those wonderful smells (I particularly love the smell of horses!) and to spend some time with some kind, happy and energetic farmers.
We were there for a couple of hours and were able to tour the property, see where the goats get milked and where the chickens lay their eggs, eat some cheese and blueberries from the farm and talk about how we might be able to get involved. Something I really appreciate is how much they value children and want to have kids involved with them. We will be supporting the farm and getting some of our food from them, and in return they welcome us there as extended family-- we can go there whenever we want to, they have some rustic guest quarters where we are encouraged to spend the night, and eat meals with the farming family and get some hands-on experience of farm life. Erika, the owner (whose credentials include being a traditional Swiss homemaker,) said that she hoped Amelia could come every week or two and really feel like this was her backyard-- running around to see what's new and developing relationships with the animals there. Being in that setting was very therapeutic for me-- I didn't realize I'd had a raincloud over my head until it lifted while we were there! I am so thankful to be living in a place where we can do these kinds of things, and I hope to find more opportunities like this.
By the way, I am working on a new blog along this theme, and I'll let you know when I'm ready to have readers...

4 comments:

tech_samaritan said...

That just makes me all the more excited about doing some of that stuff ourselves. Having nieces and nephews come to live on out mini farm in the summer (unless they homeschool, then it is anytime) is my dream. Blueberries, goats milk (and cheese), fruits, and eggs are all on our list of things to produce.

I was going through antique and heirloom varieties of berries and fruits today, and started tracking down our local hatcheries to get our Auraucanas. We will probably hold off on the goats until the spring...

Gretchen said...

I'm feeling a twinge of jealousy! =0) What an AMAZING blessing to have such a hospitable farm for Amelia to experience the richness that the outdoors has to offer. She will benefit so much from those experiences as will you and Jeff.

Nathan said...

So cool! I'm really glad you are exploring these things. We have a CSA near us that is like that . Makes me want to go over there. more.

ShackelMom said...

Sounds wonderful! I always wanted to raise my kids on a farm... sigh... so glad you have to not too far away!