Intro to Sustainable Family Farming

June 27, 2012

Intro to Sustainable Family Farming

 

Is it possible for a family to produce nutrient dense eggs, milk and meat without being full time farmers?  If you are interested in growing more than a garden on your property, or are dreaming of getting started on a few acres, we’d love to encourage you!  Come join us as we share the joys, challenges and surprises we’ve had as we’ve made the transition from urban life to urban farming since 2005.

Location:
19506 SE 138th Pl
Renton, WA  98059

Contact Nathan or Kathy for detailed directions or other questions
425 306 5679
Nathan@culturedhome.com

Our family moved to 5 acre RA-5 (rural area) property in September of 2005 with the goal of producing goat’s milk and eggs for our children who faced food allergies and sensitivities.   Since then, we’ve been earning the right to be called grass-fed producers as we’ve learned about organic practices, management intensive grazing techniques, and developing an environment and soils that support great diversity of plants and animals…and healthy people.

 

As a result, our family’s health has improved significantly, so much so that our son who faced chronic ear infections as a toddler is now looking forward to a second year of traveling and singing with our country’s only professional, touring boychoir.   Samuel (age 13) has received a full tuition scholarship to attend the American Boychoir School, but considerable expense remains for boarding, transportation, and in providing nutrient dense raw milk, pastured eggs and meat that would otherwise be lacking in his school meals.  All proceeds will be applied to the “care and feeding” expenses for Samuel as he attends the American Boychoir School in Princeton, NJ.

 

Schedule:

3:00 – 5:00 PM Practical experience:  Wear your work clothes and come join in with the farm project of the day and evening chores.

5:00 – 6:00 PM Bring-Your-Own Dinner:  We’ll enjoy informal discussion as we eat together.

6:00 – 7:00 PM Gather information:  Nathan & Kathy will cover a topic of the day and answer questions.

 

Sunday, July 1st; What brought us here–our motivation, milestones, goals and measures for success; overview & tour of our 5 acres in the Renton Highlands.

 

Sunday, July 8th; Animal review (Our experience with Cows, goats, geese, ducks, chickens, worms, and bees.)  Selecting the right animal mix for your situation.

 

Sunday, July 15th; Soil health and grass management—the foundation of fertility;  See our simple and feasible ways to increase fertility, production, and health.

 

Sunday, August 5th Infrastructure options;  Our experiences with chicken tractors, temporary fencing, portable paddocks, and electric fencing.

 

Sunday, August 12th; Seasonal expectations; what to prepare and watch out for during the spring flush, summer slump, fall harvests, and winter mud seasons.

 

Sunday, August 19th; Lessons learned by doing.  We’ll share some “Sea stories”, challenges we’ve faced along the way, and the successes that have come afterwards.

 

Cost:

$10/session for individuals

$20/session for families

Reservations encouraged, Walk-in’s and children welcome.

Choose any of the sessions or any portion of the schedule.  All are welcome.

 

Location:

19506 SE 138th Pl

Renton, WA  98059

 

Contact Nathan or Kathy for detailed directions or other questions

425 306 5679

Nathan@culturedhome.com

 

 

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