Author Archives: Katie

August events

This is a full month! When I look at our calendar, I am amazed at how much has already happened and how much is still coming. I imagine others are feeling similarly, as we all aim to get the most … Continue reading

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Vegetable trials

Many parts of operating a year-round vegetable farm are fun — meeting new people, tasting the first of everything right in the fields (today’s first was a melon!), spending beautiful days entirely outside. But we also have the opportunity as … Continue reading

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It’s hot!

The kids and I have special songs we sing for different occasions. We have one for welcoming back the rain, another one for saying good-bye and hello to each season, one for anticipating a family member’s birthday … and one … Continue reading

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A summer walk

This week we have been hosting three folks who work with Coyle Outside doing outdoor education. They have been camping by our greenhouses by night and leading a survival camp for kids during the day in McMinnville. This evening we … Continue reading

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Searching for Doug

Dear friends, today I have a personal story to share with you. It’s a story that has shaped my perspective on the world and that I look back on regularly as I continue journeying through the world, trying to always … Continue reading

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Best laid plans …

Do you ever one of those days? You know, the kind of weird ones? Last Friday brought some unexpected turns to our life last week, followed by so much kindness. The kids and I went to Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge … Continue reading

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The joy of warmth

These summer days have been so delicious lately. Dry air. Warm breezes. Growth all around. I’m not sure that I have ever felt quite so grateful for summer as I do this year after the year’s protracted winter of extra … Continue reading

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Exploring new (watery) trails

After years of deliberation, planning and dreaming, our family finally made a big purchase this weekend: we bought a tandem kayak! We’ve lived on this river island for ten years now. What good is it to live on an island … Continue reading

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Happy summer!

Yesterday was the summer solstice — technically, I believe we reached our apex of the year’s travel around the sun sometime right around Casey and my bedtime (9:30ish). As I pulled closed our curtains at bedtime, I looked out at … Continue reading

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The tide

A farmer neighbor often passes me in his truck when I’m out on my early morning runs and sometimes he stops to say hi. Today he rolled down his window and said just one thing: “Katie, it’s cherry season.” Then … Continue reading

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