Category Archives: Farm & Garden

Winter Clean Up Time in Your Vegetable Garden!

It’s so hard to think about going outside this time of year!  The days are so short and gloomy.  Everything is so wet and any of last summer’s decaying vegetable plants can be so gross and slimy.  Sometimes the occasional rose hip is the most cheerful thing to see.rose hips

But winter clean up and maintenance will make your spring and summer so much easier in your vegetable garden, and more productive! Continue reading Winter Clean Up Time in Your Vegetable Garden!

WA Ecology Dept: Salad Oil as Dangerous as Crude Petroleum Oil

WA Ecology Dept. now fears salad oil as much as crude oil

The Washington Department of Ecology (DOE) has found a new villain.

Tossed on your salad greens.

DOE doesn’t see vegetable oil as any less of a threat to the environment than crude petroleum oil.  And they are ready to act on their latest fears.

The agency proposed in mid-January that short-line railroads in Eastern Washington that haul animal fats and vegetable oils will have the same requirements as interstate crude oil carriers.

Railroads that haul vegetable oils already must follow rules set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

But apparently the state didn’t trust the EPA to control all their imagined  hazards associated with transporting closed containers of  Saffola.

DOE has given no evidence that food oils have caused environmental damage, or are any conceivable threat that requires new regulations. Continue reading WA Ecology Dept: Salad Oil as Dangerous as Crude Petroleum Oil

Chicken Processing at Rainier Ridge Ranch

In this video, Jennifer Easley Vaughn of Rainier Ridge Ranch explains how her family slaughters, cleans, and cuts their pasture raised chickens out is the open air.   The process is very humane, and the chickens aren’t stressed by being taken to an unfamiliar place.

Continue reading Chicken Processing at Rainier Ridge Ranch

Assistance Programs from Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County

From Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County –

Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County (HAR-OTC) has programs to help financially strapped Thurston County citizens whose hooved animals need emergency veterinarian or farrier care.

HAR-OTC also has funds to provide humane euthanasia when recommended by a veterinarian.

These programs are so important, especially in this distressed economy. Continue reading Assistance Programs from Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County

Adopt “Summer” from Hooved Animal Rescue

From the Hooved Animal Rescue of Thurston County –

Click here to see the Hooved Animal Rescue website.

“Summer” –

Summer, the day after she was impounded in August 2013
Summer, the day after she was impounded in August 2013

Summer is a beautiful paint mare, 20+ years old.  Her adoption fee is negotiable.

Summer was very thin and nursing a foal when she was impounded in August of 2013. She has gained weight now and is sound and healthy.

We tracked down her history from her brand, and learned Summer spent most of her life as a PMU mare.  She is now in her early 20s and while she is easy to handle on the ground, she is not broke to ride.

summer snip

She is good for grooming and foot handling. Her teeth have been floated and she’s up to date on vaccinations. Continue reading Adopt “Summer” from Hooved Animal Rescue