Oso Mudslide Relief Efforts

Oso Mudslide Relief Efforts

My family is from the Oso community. My cousins have been among the many volunteers on the ground doing an amazing work. Being “locals,” their understanding of the area has been absolutely critical to the relief efforts. Their knowledge of the location and usability of back roads, the location of heavy equipment and where to…

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Providence

Providence

I often quote to myself (and to others) that simple prayer by Francis of Assisi, “Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” As the farm season starts to unfold, there are bound to be things…

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In Remembrance

In Remembrance

I often quote to myself and to others that simple prayer by Francis of Assisi, God, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. In light of the recent mudslide tragedy in Oso, we are remembering those…

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Chives, Crocuses, Daffodils and Tulips

The time has come. All winter long I wander around doing this and doing that almost aimlessly, but not quite.  During the winter, our family tends to rest and recuperate from the previous farm season. (We even went to Disneyland for the first time in 23 years, which was not restful, but it was fun.)…

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Kale Salad With Carrot Ribbons, Kumquats & Sesame Vinaigrette

Kale Salad With Carrot Ribbons, Kumquats & Sesame Vinaigrette

These little citrus fruits are to be eaten skin and all. They are like reverse oranges—the peel is sweet, and the center is sour. When you eat them together, you get a unique sweet and sour flavor. The seeds are small, so either swallow them whole or take them out first. Ingredients for the Vinaigrette:…

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Wild, Farmed, and GM

In a far away land, there lived a fisherman who fished and fished and fished. The salmon he caught were sold at the marketplace. He was an early rising and hard working fisherman who had learned the habits of the fish. He understood their cycles and seasons, like when they would return to spawn. He…

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Salmon Safe Certification 2014

We’ve renewed our Salmon-Safe Certification! This means that Klesick is: Maintaining a buffer of trees and vegetation along the stream banks Controlling erosion by cover cropping bare soil Improving the passage for migrating fish Applying natural methods to control weeds and farm pests Using efficient and non-wasteful irrigation practices Protecting wetlands, woodlands, and other natural…

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Health Tips From Ashley

Health Tips From Ashley

Here we are in March, where days of sun give hope for spring and colorful crocuses push through the stiff dirt in protest of those long dark winter days. It’s also the month where we’re focusing on health. I was asked to talk to you all about my tips for how I stay healthy and…

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