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Turning to Education

posted Oct 18, 2015, 11:53 AM by Dan and Caroline Swansey   [ updated Oct 18, 2015, 11:55 AM ]
It has now almost been 5 years since Dan and myself moved to Yacolt and started our farm dream. The journey hasn't been an easy one but it has given us a life so rich of experience and community, joy and sweat, struggle and bliss. We rejoice in the fact that our life "never has a dull moment".
It seems as though the farm has reached a new chapter and that is one that synchronises production on the farm with education to the community. Although our farm production has been continually growing, like many small scale farms, the financial aspect is the most challenging part of keeping things going. 
An opportunity to teach has come along and I have taken a part time teaching position, teaching at clark college. I am now teaching "environmental biology" at clark college for the fall, and hope to be teaching every fall as the market season ends and running to markets slows down for us. 
Also, for the second year I taught a soils class for WSU extension as part of the Living of the Land series. Together with the increasing teaching practice I am receiving at clark and my own continued studies in the field that I am most passionate about, Soils, I am feeling more and more driven to include education in what our farm does.
I am working slowly at putting together a schedule of workshops for 2016 calendar that will be on Saturdays before or after store hours.
Dan too is continually furthering his experience with farming with horses and studying while practicing. He will be heading to a farmer to farmer meeting next week and I am sure getting more and more information and experience based knowledge.
As we are moving forward on our journey to farm with a sustainability goal in mind we continue to learn from experience, sharing with other farmers and studying from many resources, we want you to know that it is our goal continue to build our wisdom of how to run a healthy and thriving farm ecosystem.
We will never know everything, and in fact we will probably realize we know less and less of everything but we will know our farm better and better and we hope that that alone can teach others...