Animal Husbandry

My friend Lisa Hargest (you may have seen her in this post) came over for dinner a while back, and we got to talking about the state of things at Gathering Together Farm, the place where Henry and I worked for years and now the place where Lisa has worked for years. She told us […]


the end of an era

December 17, 2013 · 21 comments

I’ve come to a realization that in order to maintain a level of sanity and scheduling stability, I have to regularly let go of hobbies and commitments that take up significant amounts of time. About a year ago, I quit doing photography, writing, and social media for Gathering Together Farm (a job I really enjoyed), and in […]


{this moment}

December 13, 2013 · 2 comments

{this moment} A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, moment. ~ Amanda Soule **inspired by Soule Mama’s (and Erin of Floret‘s) Friday reflections


This morning, Charlotte and I stopped by Provenance Farm (now coexisting with Hemphill Angus) to visit our friend Rachel Prickett and her turkeys. Have you ever been surrounded by 170 highly vocal, full-grown turkeys? It’s kind of a memorable experience. This particular flock of ‘Broad Breasted Whites’ was super friendly and curious. Charlotte, herself only […]


Earlier this spring, our flock of about a dozen laying hens was doing just fine, puttering around in a fenced enclosure/future garden space. Then one day when I went out to milk my goat, there was a chicken hanging around, eager to eat up the grain Minnie spilled during her morning meal. Soon more chickens […]


Harlan, Oregon with it’s forested hills and vibrant green pastures is one of the prettier places on this earth. In the first half of the 20th century, this area was a major producer of angora (goat) mohair. Delbert Kessi was born and raised in this valley and has worked goats pretty much his whole life. […]


My 2013 milking season is shaping up to be somewhat different that the past six years of milking goats. It’s been complicated by a few different factors, but mainly a little goat creature named Bow. My system before this year was to leave the kids with the mom full time for a month, allowing them […]


Goat Kid Update

April 26, 2013 · 3 comments

Okay, where did we leave off? One stillborn goat baby, one kid with white muscle disease, and ongoing issues with rejection by mama. Well, things are better by now, but still kinda complicated. Bow’s legs have completely straightened out, and he’s walking (running, jumping, frolicking) just fine now. It took about two days for the Bo-Se to […]


Have you seen that Portlandia clip where the über sensitive restaurant goers ask way too many questions about the origin of the chicken on the menu? It’s absurd, right? Except, as Rachel Prickett, owner of Provenance Farm,  knows all too well, it’s not really that far from reality. She used to have her cell phone […]


Mostly Okay

April 5, 2013 · 22 comments

Kids are here. They arrived on Monday night actually. I’ve been waiting to write this post for a couple reasons. First off, things have been busy and photographing/writing about kids hasn’t been my first priority. Secondly, there were a few complications that I was hoping to tell you are now all fine and dandy, but […]