November 18, 2018
A unique farm takes a special FarmHer and in Olympia, Washington, I found her at the Lost Peacock Creamery. I actually started following Rachael a few years back through her blog. Something about the beauty of her images, the raw way that she writes and the beauty she brings to the world around her kept me hooked so I knew when we were headed to Washington state for FarmHer, that I needed to visit her!
I arrived with the film crew early to make sure we could capture Rachael’s full day, which starts with milking the goats. As we pulled down the long drive, I was in awe of the beauty around me. The farm was set in a clearing surrounded by tall evergreen trees. The grass was the greenest green and a fog hung on….a photographer’s dream! Mixed in with the green were pops of pink, let me know we were definitely at the right farm.
Rachael met us at the car and we hit the ground running along with her two young children. We started out in a pasture with the goats. I snapped quickly as she went through her morning routine with her dog, Zack, getting them all rounded up and into the milking parlor. I noticed that many of the goats were wearing pink collars and Rachael explained that they have a lot of visitors to the farm and she wants them all to know that it’s ok to be feminine and farm. I knew I loved this lady!!!
She moved quickly through the milking, then headed out to another part of the farm with her kids to do the rest of the chores. They loaded up the small tractor and started doling out hay and feed to the horses, pigs and other animals in the barnyard. As a mother of two small children, I had instant admiration for Rachael’s ability to work calmly and patiently with her kids at her side. And they weren’t just watching, they were working. She explained that is their every day, working together on the farm.
As we worked, we talked about the farm. Rachael didn’t come from a farm background. The farm started with chickens and then she quickly became hooked on the ability to raise her own food. She got a milk goat and quickly became obsessed with goats and decided to start a dairy. She says “goats are like potato chips, you can’t have just one.”
Shortly into her farming future, Rachael went through a divorce and had to fight for the farm. Further down the path, she met her husband, Matthew, and him loving the farm was one of the conditions of their marriage, and the rest is history. Today he is the head cheesemaker.
After we finished up the farm chores, I was in for a treat when Rachael’s husband offered to give a quick Goat Yoga class, something else they host on the farm. It was a one of a kind experience!
My visit to Rachael’s farm was refreshing. It was beautiful, and it was unique. I guess those are all words you could use to describe Rachael too. She brings a beauty to agriculture that I haven’t seen yet. She is a creative soul that farms her way, and it appears to be just right. In parting she left me with these words of wisdom, “you don’t have to prove anything to anyone except yourself” and she is living that, tucked away in a happy little farm in a Washington forest.
Thank you for joining our FarmHer journey,
February 23, 2019
Please everyone, never ride in the front loader bucket of any tractor at any age. And especially never ever put small children in the front bucket. As unpolitically correct as I am, figure out how to mount child seats on the tractor. Farmher Producers and Directors, you are incredibly and possibly criminally negligent in staging a scene like this.
January 29, 2019
Great story! My question would be how did you get started or what pushed to get to started? I’m going to start taking over my family farm and I have just started a small business. The thing that stops me to achieve my farming goals is the financial part. What did do you do?
November 24, 2018
The children don’t ride in the bucket. I’m out there every single day, taking care of the chickens, and not once have I seen those children “riding” in the bucket. It was a nice photo shot and nothing more.
I enjoyed this episode with the one exception of when you showed the children in the bucket of the small tractor used for chores. As an EMT in rural Wisconsin I have been called to numerous farm accidents caused by allowing children to ride in the bucket of tractors. It is not safe. Please do not encourage this practice. Thank you.
April 16, 2019
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