Willfully Guided: Navigating the Nooksack River Watershed Adjudication

Adjudication Process
Image Courtesy Coastal Realty

How to Protect Your Water Rights In April 2024, a critical event is set to unfold that will have a significant impact on water users in the Nooksack River watershed in Whatcom County, Washington. The event in question is the long-awaited adjudication, a legal proceeding before a Whatcom County Superior …

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Small Farm Makeover: Winter Preparedness on Horse Properties – Part 2 of 2

Winter Preparedness
Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle

Take Winter by Storm! The dead of winter and early spring are times for damaging, dangerous storms in North America. Making chore efficiency updates on your horse property and having backup supplies on hand is helpful for getting through the most challenging time of the year for horse owners–and it …

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Business Profile: Parma Company

Parma Company

Developers of the Parma Arena Groomer How and why did you get started in business? In 1994, Parma Company, a century old farm equipment manufacturer, developed the Parma® Arena Groomer® tool to fill the need for an economical yet effective way to work and groom the footing in horse arenas. …

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Feature Story: Winter Preparedness on Horse Properties – Part 1 of 2

Winter
Regular manure removal is critical in winter. Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle.

Fall Chore Efficiency Farmers and ranchers know the drill well—they use late summer and early fall to do their prep work for winter. Horse owners can take notes from our older and bigger cousins and do the same, as fall is the right time to get things done! Cooler temperatures …

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Small Farm Makeover: 3 Steps to Prepare for Disasters

Make sure your horses are practiced and comfortable loading and hauling before an emergency arrives.

Be Organized for Action in Case of an Emergency Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and it’s in your best interest to be prepared in advance. There are three primary focus areas that can assist you in preparing: build a kit, make a plan, and stay informed. These three practices can …

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Small Farm Makeover: Spring Cleaning Tips

Early spring is a good time to hang nest boxes. Photo Courtesy Alayne Blickle

Get Ready for the Busy Season Ahead! Earth Day is just around the corner on Saturday, April 20, 2023. In some parts of the country, daffodils are poking their heads up and may even be blooming. That means now is the time to get things done around your horse property …

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Willfully Guided: A Different Side of the Horse Industry

DC Structures
Photo Courtesy Samantha Etsell

An Interview with Samantha Etsell of DC Structures I have spent my entire adult life working in some aspect of the equine industry, first as a horse trainer and competitor, and for over the last decade as a Realtor specializing in equestrian and agricultural properties. When I hear young folks …

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Small Farm Makeover – Horizon Structures Presents Series: Fire Safety in the Barn

Photo courtesy of Horizon Structures.

Overlooked Farm Practices Can Be Dangerous Fire safety in the barn often involves common concerns such as moisture content of hay and its storage, providing evacuation plans and emergency services contact numbers, 24/7 illuminated exit signs, smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, removal of cobwebs from light fixtures, no smoking signs, keeping …

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Editor’s Postcard: My Farm, My Home

My Home
Photo Courtesy Kim Roe

Living with Horses is My Happy Place Where is my home?Every man needs a placeWith a little bit of space,A roof and four walls,For when the rain falls. – Forest Sun A friend of mine recently sold her two horses. She’d raised both from colts and worked hard to turn …

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Willfully Guided: Barn Thoughts

Barn Thoughts
Two-inch black PVC pipe cut in half and screwed to the top of fence boards protects the wood from chewing horses. Photo Credit Allison Trimble

Goals, Choices, and Changes in the Barn Construction Process I’ve spent several nights in my barn over the past three frigid weeks caring for one of my beloved senior horses, leaving me lots of time to analyze my barn. A couple of years ago I wrote about the construction of …

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