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Shepherding the Flock, Tending the Garden

Cheese Press

Cheese Adventures

What do you do when you have a lovely Jersey Milk Cow who gives you 3 gallons of creamy milk every time she is milked? 

Home grown

Mindful Living on the Farm

I bought John Seymour’s “Self Sufficient Life and how to live it”. I have been wanting it for years and finally bought it for our Farm Library. I have only gotten to page 23 and already have learned much. Seymour states “There should be no need for a garbage man on the self-sufficient farm.” I… Continue Reading →

Improve Soil with Animals

Why Farming with Animals is Essential

This is a fascinating and informative Video. It gives us something to think about.

Small Garden

Dreaming of Farming?

How much land do you need? How many and what kind of animals? Start where you are and take small steps toward your goals…you will get there. The important thing is to start. For years we talked of farming, being self-sufficient and someday; then one day we realized that was what we had been doing… Continue Reading →

Home Grown Food

Fig- Stuffed Boneless Leg of Lamb

INGREDIENTS 4 pounds boneless leg of American lamb 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons black pepper 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional) 1 cup mixed herbs combined (parsley, mint, thyme) 2/3 cup olive oil 5 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese 7 Orchard Valley Choice Mission Figs 3 tablespoons pistachios DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to… Continue Reading →

Home Grown food

Shepherd’s Pie

INGREDIENTS FILLING 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1-1/2 pounds ground American lamb 1- 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2-3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 1/4… Continue Reading →

March Madness

This is the way to relish a farmer’s life in the midst of all the activity that spring brings.

Harvest

Welcome to Solace Farm

I am blessed to be a farmer and a shepherdess who shares my life with three generations here in the Pacific Northwest.  My days are filled with caring for my family, land and animals. Over the years I have been mentored by many knowledgeable and creative individuals and feel it is only right that I share the wisdom and… Continue Reading →

Selenium and Lamb Growth

Increased Selenium Dosage Boosts Growth and Immunity in Lambs In a new study published in the Journal of Animal Science, Oregon State University (OSU) researchers show that maximum selenium levels permitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be too low for sheep to reach optimum growth and health. Selenium is essential for… Continue Reading →

Make A Drop Spindle

If you would like to learn how to spin, but buying a wheel just isn’t in your budget. Then here’s an easy and economical way to make you own drop spindle. Go to a craft shop that sells wooden products and buy a wooden car wheel about 2-3 inches in diameter, this will be the… Continue Reading →

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