Nine acres is a lot of acres. I mean, obviously not as many as 20 or 100 acres, but still, for new farmers and land managers, nine feels like a lot to steward well. One of our conversations early on … Read the rest
This is Clyde.
That’s what I call him anyway.
Clyde has kept watch from one of the red barns at Cairns Farm for an unknown number of decades.
Pretty soon, Clyde is going to come down. He’s getting a little … Read the rest
Today’s farm project was pulling down the chimney in the Uncles’ House.
We noticed when we first looked at the Cairns Farm property that the Uncles’ House chimney was in an extremely precarious position. Wobbly and crooked…
…with crumbling mortar…… Read the rest
We decided when we bought the farm it would be necessary to set aside regular blocks of time to work together on all the projects needed to bring our dream to life. We committed to give every Saturday, between 10:00 … Read the rest
We had heard there was a seasonal creek that ran through the property before we purchased the farm. We’d walked across a simple little bridge at the bottom of the dry pasture during summertime and fall.
Yesterday, the heavy Oregon … Read the rest
Moving to a new place involves a high level of learning. There’s the obvious need to learn a new address and route to drive home, as well as getting to know the physical layout of a new house, learning about … Read the rest
Walking through various wooded areas on the farm has become a favorite activity. Breathing in the smell of fresh pine is good for my soul, in a way I can’t quite put words around yet. The woods draw me to … Read the rest
We knew from the beginning that there would be surprises.
How could there not be?
We figured surprises were bound to come up. It seemed like relatively uncharted territory, a brother/sister pair who, along with their spouses , decided to … Read the rest
When we first visited what was to become Cairns Farm, we were transfixed by an old farmhouse that sits proudly at the southwest corner facing the main road access to this small piece of earth. Quaint and tiny, it had … Read the rest