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The Joys of Living on a Small Farm

By Karen Pickering


In the Pacific Northwest it’s sometimes difficult to appreciate the beautiful greenery we enjoy in the spring and summer months. The seemingly endless days of rain and darkness have us wishing for warmer and drier weather. However, I love where we live and appreciate the fact we rarely have really bad weather. Our climate is pretty mild and certainly great riding in the summer months. And there’s no doubt why we have so many covered arenas in our region. Our biggest challenge is mud.

Thankfully we have great resources to help us plan and manage our horse properties. In 2018 I was able to take advantage of a generous grant from Whatcom Conservation District and have two O2 compost bins built. The forced air system processes the manure much faster and leaves me with beautiful mulch for gardens and spreading on the fields.  It also protects the water by keeping the bins covered in rainy weather so the nutrients don’t wash away or pollutants enter the nearby streams. It’s certainly a great way to manage manure. I look forward to sharing the experience and what I’ve learned in an upcoming issue. Feel free to call me if you’d like to stop by for a visit and see the system.

The thing I love most about my acreage is the location. I’m close enough to town to walk or ride to the bank. I have a beautiful park minutes from my house and I still feel like I’m in the country. It’s the best of both worlds! Shoot me an email at [email protected] and let me know what you like best about your acreage if you live on a farm. I’ll share the results!

March is full of great events. I will be at an event nearly every weekend in March. We start off with the Washington State Horse Expo, March 1-3, followed by the Small Farm Expo on March 9, then the Northwest Horse Fair & Expo, March 22-24. Stop by our booth for a chance to win an assortment of fun prizes, horse care products, books, shopping bags and more! I will also have a Haygain steamer on display. My horses love the steamed hay. So many health benefits too!

I look forward to seeing you on the trail! Have a great time at all these horse events! And remember to send me an email or message letting me know what you like best about your horse property.


Quote: “Dreams come a size too big so that we can grow into them.” – Josie Bisset, Actress


Published March 2019 Issue

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