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My Summer Vacation

With the late spring arrival of our second daughter we decided to make this farming season a transition year. I was already overwhelmed with new ideas and projects for the farm and the thought of a new baby in the mix too was a lot! Thankfully, the pause in production allowed us the chance to take a summer vacation […]

Rain Brings Respite

The summer solstice & full moon are Monday and the 2016 growing season is well underway. This is our first summer “farming with a baby” and we are learning how to be good parents and reconfiguring how we get things done on the farm. Each farm season is an evolution.

The first full rainbow I have seen in awhile.
Today […]

Summer of Love

It’s really hot! I know that 85 degrees F is nothing to whine about in comparison to an average summer heat wave in other parts of the country, but it is hot for western Washington this time of year–and it has been been warm and sunny all spring. No “June-uary” to complain about, with its […]

Health Starts on the Farm

The Food as Medicine classes I have been offering since 2011 are an important aspect of what we do on the farm. I can feel the impending busyness of the growing season ahead and I know that once plants are in the ground our focus will be on growing things well and with great care.  However, in […]

Sheep Season

Happy Winter from Harmony Fields!  We have been enjoying some quiet and creative project time on the farm.  However, sheep season is upon us and we have to tend to our ewes.  Most of them are due to give birth over the next few weeks and we are watching and waiting with much anticipation.  It is […]

Thank you!

November has been a fast month, but activity on the farm has slowed down quite a bit just in time for the holidays. The swans are occupying the fields again and we experienced several hard frosts over the past few weeks.  This will be our last post until February 2015, so we can regroup and plan […]

Growing in the Valley: November 2014

This month I had the pleasure of visiting Dunbar Gardens in Mount Vernon, WA. The farm has been around for twenty years and is run by Katherine Lewis and Steve Lospalluto.  Operating on eight acres, Katherine and Steve grow a variety of vegetables and they have a farmstand on the farm. Katherine is an accomplished basket maker […]

Below freezing

The low tonight is supposed to be around 28 degrees F.  This is good news since we have had quite a long and lovely growing season.  I wasn’t expecting to be harvesting as much product as we did over the last month and I am grateful. However, my brain and body are switching into winter mode […]

Herb of the Month: Sage

Sage, the herb, is a perennial member of the mint family that was originally cultivated in the Mediterranean.  We grow a lot of sage on the farm and it seems to love our ‘Mount Vernon very sandy soil’.  It is heartier than some of the other mint family herbs we grow, like rosemary, and we […]

Growing in the Valley: October 2014

If you are driving around the Skagit Valley this time of year you will surely see potatoes being harvested.  Fresh market potatoes (red, yellow and white varieties) are one of the predominant crops grown here.  This month’s interview is with Darrin Morrison, a potato farmer in the Skagit Valley.  Darrin is co-owner of Skagit Valley Best’s Produce […]