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Constellation & Company

June 7, 2011

Victory Print & Poster is far from being the only letterpress shop in town.  There are tons of fun, creative people all over the city making wonderful letterpress creations. Constellation & Company is a local press shop that was started in 2009.  They do everything from wedding invites, to posters, even gift tags. My favorite were these great little cards they make.  What a fun way to share a quick note with friends. These cards are made possible by having a good selection of image blocks.  Pretty cheap to pick up here and there, I am always looking for fun images to help add to our section.  They are on Etsy all the time, but I think they are more fun to find in person.  If you know of a great local source for letterpress blocks please pass it along.

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Platform tents- you may never want to sleep inside a house again!

June 6, 2011

In my last post I mentioned the platform tents available for guests at the Willow-Witt Ranch. As I thought more about this idea yesterday the platform tents seem like a really slick deal.  They are quick and relatively cheap to put up and would be great for friends or paying guests throughout the summer. In talking over the idea with Tyson we were thinking it would be easy enough to add a bathroom with shower onto one of the out buildings that already required plumbing.  With that set up and some platform tents we would be ready to host student workers/interns, farm tourists or pretty much any other group you had passing by.

 Here are some of the coolest platform tents and customized mezzanines that Google helped me find. Pick your favorite!

Looking up tents quickly led into yurt-type buildings. A little more permanent, a little more expensive, if you look at Sweetwater Bungalows, you will see that they are endlessly ADORABLE! SO stinking cute! Click on the photos tab to check them out.

 

 

Farm Stays and Agritourism

June 6, 2011

As part of the Mother Earth News Fair we attended this weekend I was able to sit in on a workshop on Farm Stays led by Scottie Jones, the woman who started www.farmstayus.com.  This new site follows a successful model used in Europe and Australia to connect travels and farmers together to mutual benefit. The Farm Stay site is full of information, easy to use and looks great. Scottie is hoping to add online booking capability soon making reservations quicker for everyone involved.

Using the “Find a Farm” feature from the site we were able to look at farms we might want to visit on future vacations. The accommodations available are everything from a top of the line Bed & Breakfast to tent platforms. The farms represented are just as diverse from huge ranches, to vineyards; there was even small family farm on a city lot with rooms available.

One stand out place from our first search was Willow-Witt Ranch, an off-the-grid goat and pig farm near Ashland, Oregon. The have pack goats that hike with you carrying your picnic supplies, adorable piglets in the spring and “rustic” tent accommodations that still include a bed! (All pictures from the Willow-Witt Ranch)

 

Farm Stays have yet to catch on in the U.S. mainstream, there are only 20 farms listed on the site for all of Washington.  But with 46,000 visitors to the Farm Stay website in the first year hopefully this trend will continue to grow. It is an idea that we are excited about both as tourists and farmers. Jones hopes to start a North American Farm Stay Association in the next three to five years and we wish her the best of luck!

Front porch flowers

June 3, 2011

What a difference a day makes…24 little hours. Or in this case, a little over a month. The potted plants on the porch have been loving the sunshine with showers that we keep getting and have taken off! We are supposed to have sunny weather all weekend and they are soaking it up!

 

Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup

June 3, 2011


We just found out about this great event yesterday (thank you Dad) and are very excited to go check it all out! There are literally hundreds of exhibit booths and 11 stages across the fairgrounds with hourly workshops covering everything from “Turkeys Aren’t Chickens: The basics of keeping Turkeys” to “U.S. Farm Stays and the Growing Interest in Farm Vacations” and SO many more!

With so much farm information pulled together in one place, I know we are going to learn all kinds of great stuff and hopefully walk away with some good, local resources and even more inspiration to make our farm dream a reality.

We are really lucky to have such an amazing sounding event land in our backyard. Puyallup and San Rafael, CA are the only two stops they are making on the entire West coast! The link below should take you to the workshop list on their website if you are interested in learning more.  

http://www.motherearthnews.com/fair/workshop-puyallup.aspx