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It’s the Little things… it’s the Big things.
Tonight on our Little Brown Farm a sick goat we have been trying desperately to get well did a little thing that made me remember exactly how much I love my life.
Tonight little ‘sick baby’ (her moniker has been changed until she gets well) pooped goat berries. For those of you that have never been around that end of a goat, goat berries is the name we give goat poop, because when it’s healthy and good it looks like little berries (similar to deer or rabbit dung).
Those little berries sent my heart soaring. As tired as I was I did a little happy dance then immediately texted those most closely involved with sick baby’s care. And yes, you just read 3 paragraphs about poop! How fun is it to know your farmer! ;)
THIS is why I do it. Almost any other farm would have put this animal down (or sold it) the minute it came up as a problem. This particular goat has already been saved from a very severe case of bloat when she was younger (I have cute picture of Tom running the bloat out after the initial treatment, up and down the driveway, again and again, and again). But our farm doesn’t operate that way.
We could lose less money, have more sleep time available… but I doubt we could sleep well. I do not hold it against people that do have the constitution to run their farm with better business conviction than we do. I’m actually quite impressed by them because I know how difficult it is, many of them have hearts as large as ours. The only farms I do have a problem with are industrial farms… which brings me to the real reason I’m sending this today.
There is another Kickstarter going on. It isn’t ours, but it directly impacts us. Actually, the reach of this Kickstarter goes so much further than us and them. It impacts many local producers, it impacts our community, our schools, our neighbors, in fact our whole food network and everyone who eats here!
This is one of the Big things. This project, The Orchard Kitchen will offer a hub at Bayview Corner. A place where food is grown, produced, taught and learned about, and served. Food connects us all.
This family is connected to our community, kids in our schools, family members working for local small businesses and a catering company employing our locals.
I envision these classes teaching the next Gordon Stewart (Gordon’s on Blueberry Hill!) or other homegrown food hero.
I envision this Orchard Kitchen helping to turn the tide to a virtual tsunami of Culinary Tourism for our fair Island… the food center for the Pacific Northwest.
Our Island already boasts some amazing growers and producers (have you seen the list on the Whidbey Island Grown site?). It already boasts some amazing chefs and exquisite dining experiences (and the list is growing on Whidbey Life Magazine!). The culinary experiences are the last link in the net to draw people here to enjoy our Island’s bounty.
We have some culinary experience opportunities in place… you were part of our cheese classroom getting built! We have a food photographer that has done an amazing tour to a few of the farms on our Island and even one of our Farmers Markets (and they are coming to our farm Spring 2013!). People, more than just fine Seattle chefs, are finding the culinary treasurers this Island has to offer. This Orchard Kitchen really is an important key to making this work.
So I ask you, because of your interest in our project. Please click through http://kck.st/S0wqWu, watch the video, consider backing… and most importantly, please help share and get the word out. You know how this works, time is important and the funding only happens if the project hits its goal (within the next 5 days!!!).
Thanks for your time… and continually, for your support.
Little Brown Farm
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