Homesteading · Prepping

Berries To Forage For On Whidbey Island

Cold springs that are wet are beneficial to one thing: native plants growing bumper crops of berries. And those berries are there for you to enjoy, to forage for, and to enjoy. This is a collection of berries you can find on Whidbey Island, Washington. And all around the Pacific Northwest as well. For many… Continue reading Berries To Forage For On Whidbey Island

Gardening · Homesteading

Whidbey Island Gardening: The Cool Spring

It's been a cool spring this year. And a wet one, depending on which end of Whidbey Island you live on. We live outside of Freeland, in the Olympic Rainshadow, so we get far less than say Oak Harbor in the far north, or Langley, farther south (it gets quite a bit more as it… Continue reading Whidbey Island Gardening: The Cool Spring


Deer Lagoon Grange 846 First Annual Fundraiser Tea Party

As a farmer, a gardener, a homesteader, one who teaches the nearly lost arts and skills of food preservation, seed saving, sewing and so much more....belonging to the The Grange is a part of my life I love. Being surrounded by those who wish to preserve the old ways. I grew up visiting Grange Halls… Continue reading Deer Lagoon Grange 846 First Annual Fundraiser Tea Party

Gardening · Homesteading

Gardening On Whidbey Island

As February nears, the call to get gardening is at a frenzy. The nice weather we get in late January doesn't help either. Often in this time period we get "first spring", a week or two of sunny weather where the start of spring starts popping out (buds start forming, dandelions pop up, trees start… Continue reading Gardening On Whidbey Island


Our Path To Homeschooling

Before Covid I had times I wondered about homeschooling. I'd sit and ponder it. And I have to think many come to embrace homeschooling in a similar manner. It's fine until it isn't. But my boys were happy. They enjoyed going to public school overall, and they seemed to be getting a decent enough education.… Continue reading Our Path To Homeschooling