Photo taken at Golden Glen Creamery / Jensen & Son Dairy in Bow, WA

Monday, September 9, 2013

Getting Back On The Tractor

*Life Happens* when you're busy making other plans and I had to take some time off from editing my videos and filming Skagit farmers. Almost unbelievable is I recently made a move from West Seattle to Skagit Valley. Something that wasn't even on the radar a few years ago. Getting settled in and will be back at editing video by the end of this month! I'm really looking forward to posting the video of my meeting with farmer Ray De Vries of Ralph's Greenhouse fame that's been in wait for a very long time and getting together with other farmers. Stay tuned. Denice

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Touching 2 minute video about a farmer's choice and sustainable farming

I saw this video today for the first time. It was so touching, it made me cry. The message is hopeful and simple. It's about choice. Everything we do begins with a choice.
"Coldplay's haunting classic "The Scientist" is performed by country music legend Willie Nelson for the soundtrack of the short film entitled "Back to the Start." The film, by film-maker Johnny Kelly, depicts the life of a farmer as he slowly turns his family farm into an industrial animal factory before seeing the errors of his ways and opting for a more sustainable future. Both the film and the soundtrack were commissioned by Chipotle to emphasize the importance of developing a sustainable food system."


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Friday, June 8, 2012

Mister Rogers Remixed | Garden of Your Mind

It's impossible to say how many people grew up with Mr. Fred Rogers. I was one of the countless children who was comforted and entertained by the magic of his neighborhood and the calm presence, acceptance, encouragement, and gentle soul of Mr. Rogers. For me, Mr. Rogers was a friend and his neighborhood was a friendly and sane escape from the ugliness of a dysfunctional and abusive home. And I bet I wasn't alone. I bet a lot of kids emulated Mr. Rogers to feel closer to him. Like, when he said hi did you say hi? When he put on his sweater did you put a sweater on? When he changed his shoes, did you change your shoes? When he fed his fish, did you feed something? Or pretend to? In an era when ethnic and racial equality was many steps back from what it is now, Mr. Rogers accepted everyone in his neighborhood. Every child was special just because they were. Mr. Rogers celebrated differences. How interesting it is to meet someone different from yourself. What is it that you can do that I can't do? What is it that you know that I don't know? Maybe we can share and learn from each other. I've heard people hate on Mr. Rogers. Seriously, what kind of person hates on kindness and compassion. I wish there there were more Mr. Rogers in the world and representing on television.

I'm posting this here because the garden of our minds is one the most important gardens we can grow.

PBS Studios is responsible for this masterpiece. Enjoy and share.




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Friday, June 1, 2012

Minimize Farm Machinery Fire Risk

Learning about farm safety is a BIG deal, way more than just being careful on and around farm equipment. My mind tends to wander driving tractors and gators even more than when I'm driving my car. I'm careful and vigilant but if a rig caught on fire would I know what to do? How fast could I put out a fire? I've never used a fire extinguisher.

I liked this article about minimizing fire risk on farm machinery because it's a short yet usefully informative read. It made me think of the farm equipment I've been on or around. How many of those machines were equipped with a fully charged fire extinguisher?

Food for thought.


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All of my videos of Skagit Valley farmers are posted in this blog as well as on my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/denicer. 

Buy Something and support your local farmers. 
Grow Something wherever you live. Even if it's just a flower or herb in the windowsill. 
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DSHS has announced additional funding to help more WA State farmers markets accept EBT/SNAP benefit cards

Fewer than 1/4 of Farmers Markets nationwide are set up to accept EBT-SNAP cards so people who rely on EBT (formerly food stamps) aren't able to make purchases of healthy farm fresh foods directly from these farmers. Recent USDA funding will be used to provide electronic technology so that Farmers Markets can accept EBT cards. It's a win-win that will provide access to healthy farm fresh foods and increase the customer base of farmers across the U.S.

Here is the USDA Food and Nutrition Service SNAP Retail Locator to find Farmers Markets (and other retailers) that currently welcome EBT customers.


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All of my videos of Skagit Valley farmers are posted in this blog as well as on my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/denicer. 

Buy Something and support your local farmers. 
Grow Something wherever you live. Even if it's just a flower or herb in the windowsill. 
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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Video: Anne Schwartz of Blue Heron Farm


In the Summer of 2011 I spent half a day with Anne Schwartz of Blue Heron Farm in Rockport, WA. Anne's video is in 2 parts. I was also able to speak with 2011 intern Hailey Michel-Evleth and that's part 3.

I met Anne at the land she organically farms at the foothills of the North Cascades. Late morning July temps were beginning to rise. She was late because she had to answer an EMT call. Such is life up river where residents are both self-sufficient AND reliant on each other (the nearest hospital is over 30 miles away, the fire department is volunteer driven). When she hopped out of her pickup I was pretty surprised. Farm Talk of Anne is large and strong so I didn’t expect to be greeted by a cute, petite lady with an enviably long ponytail and nurturing smile. 

The more I listened to Anne, the clearer it became: this woman is living her heart. Anne's become one of the most respected farmers and agricultural activists in our area. I think you'll really enjoy her stories.

Anne offers a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) which you can buy shares of. She’s a North Cascades Institute Foodshed Partner. And she's involved with the WSU Major in Organic Agriculture Systems which is the first program of its kind to be offered in the U.S. Currently, Anne's planting tomatoes and peppers and warm loving veg in the greenhouse and planting greens, radishes, cilantro, brassicas, peas, squash, corn, beans, carrots and just about everything the weather is allowing.

If you’d like to volunteer at the farm during summers or purchase a CSA subscription give Anne a call (info below). 


PART 1

PART 2

PART 3




CONTACT INFORMATION
12179 State Route 530
Rockport WA 98283
Telephone (360) 853-8449

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All of my videos of Skagit Valley farmers are posted in this blog as well as on my YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/denicer. 


Buy Something and support your local farmers. 


Grow Something wherever you live. Even if it's just a flower or herb in the windowsill. 
Say Something on Twitter - @urbantweeter

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Gothberg Farms Queso Blanco and Queso Fresco cheeses

I asked lady goat farmer and artesian goat cheesemaker Rhonda Gothberg what her favorite ways to use her Queso Blanco and Queso Fresco cheeses are. She responded: 1. Quesadillas 2. nachos 3. chile rellenos 4. enchiladas 5. grilled chz sandwich anywhere melted chz w/ slight lactic flavor is enjoyed.

I used Rhonda's Queso Blanco and Queso Fresco to make bruschetta which also included organic butter spinach and tomato, local sourdough bread, and fresh crabmeat from Taylor Shellfish. Wine from Trader Joe's. Tulips and daffs, of course, from Skagit Valley. LIFE IS BETTER WITH FLOWERS.





CONTACT INFORMATION
Gothberg Farms
15203 Sunset Road
Bow WA 98232
Telephone (360) 202-2436
Twitter @gothbergfarms
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gothbergfarms