BLUE CREEK DAIRY FARM

2013

December Visit

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Short winter visit! Read More...

North to Alaska! (again)

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In summer 2014 we are moving to Ketchikan! Read More...

Farm Truck Sonnet

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Farm Truck: A Love Sonnet Read More...

Ready for Winter

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Short visit to square away farm before winter... Read More...

"New" Milk Tank

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Another milk tank for our farm! Read More...

Certified Organic

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It’s Official Now!!! Read More...

Review: Salatin books

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Title:
Salad Bar Beef & You Can Farm
Author: Joel Salatin
Occupation/Association:
Farmer, advocate
Publishing Info: 1995 & 1998, Swoope, VA (Polyface)
Book Type: how to, commentary, instruction
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Organic Inspection

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Completed our first organic inspection! Read More...

Visits

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We got to visit many neighbors and friends during this last trip... Read More...

Summer Projects

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Worked on many projects this last visit... Read More...

Pole Building

Our first true building on the farm!
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Windmill

We finally got our windmill up and running!!!
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TRAIN!

We finally got to see the train in the daytime!
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Farm Visit: Spirited Rose Jerseys

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Pastures

Our pastures are coming in wonderful this year!
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Review: Milk Money

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Title: Milk Money: Cash, Cows and the Death of the American Dairy Farm
Author: Kirk Kardashian
Occupation/Association:
Senior Writer Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth
Publishing Info: 2012, U. of New Hampshire Press
Book Type: Explorative essays on the American dairy industry Read More...

Review: Biological Farmer

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Title: The Biological Farmer: A Complete Guide to the Sustainable & Profitable Biological System to Farming
Author: Gary F. Zimmer
Occupation/Association:
Farmer, consultant, Midwestern Bio-Ag
Publishing Info: 2000, Acres U.S.A.
Book Type: Soil science textbook, case studies
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Review: Hands-on Agronomy

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Title: Hands-On Agronomy: Understanding Soil Fertility & Fertilizer Use
Author: Neal Kinsey
Occupation/Association:
Farmer, consultant
Publishing Info: 1993& 2009, Acres U.S.A.
Book Type: Soil science, farm examples Read More...

Spring on the Farm


Stacy got back after another 7 weeks at sea, and we headed to the farm!
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Soil Reports

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I LOVE my fancy new soil probe…makes it so much easier! Read More...

Burkhalter Dairy: Group Feeding

During my internship on the Burkhalter dairy they began using the Milk Bar to feed small groups (4).
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Susan Burkhalter feeding a group of calves... Read More...

Agrobiodiversity

I am taking a quite interesting class in agroecology at WSU. It focuses on the interconnections between agricultural production and the ecosystem to increase sustainability through a better understanding of these relationships and inputs/outputs. It has made me understand more about how to place our farm in our local ecosystem and how to have nature work for us instead of against us! Always so much to learn!
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Here is an essay I had to write that chose an agroecological concept to improve sustainability in U.S. agriculture with two suggestions on how to make it come to pass: Read More...

Broadview Dairy Video

Stacy updated his video for the Broadview Dairy in Spokane!
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USCG Chief Indoctrination

Stacy completed the USCG Chief’s Call to Indoctrination (CCTI)!
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Farm Visit: WSU Diary

While on the way home we checked out the WSU dairy!
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Young & Beginning Farmer Conf.

Our visit to Spokane included a conference!
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Spokane & Farm Visit

In February we visited Spokane for about two weeks to see family, go to the Ag Expo, visit friends, and line up summer projects for the farm.
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Farming: Hay Rake

Our “newest” piece of equipment...
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Organic Application

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We sent in our first application for Organic certification! Read More...

WSU Internship

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Started my WSU internship! Read More...

Farm Update: 2013 Plan

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We have exciting plans for 2013! Read More...

First crop!

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Just got the final figures on our first crop! Read More...