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Summer Progress

Summer Progress

Well to say it was a busy summer would be an understatement at best. Between trying to pull 60-70hr weeks at work (oh the glorious film world), I also came home on my time off and tended to the farm and garden. I wouldn‚Äôt be lying if I said I wished I chose the later for a regular day to day, but the bills needed to be paid and animals needed to be fed ūüėČ The 2-5 year plan is to move full time onto the farm and get a good start happening on the farmstead, growing local organic food for the Squamish community, hosting guests here on the farm in our tiny home B&B, raising free range happy chickens and pigs, and having a couple more horses join our herd. Our mission is to bring the people, the animals, and our food back to their roots, quite literally. Where the animals are free to roam as they so should, food is grown as much to its natural environment as possible and for us to come back to our relationship with the water we use, the food we eat, the power we pull and where our waste goes. Having more of a true relationship in whole, where everyone can come and be a part of it all, and so be immersed in this gorgeous place we call home. We look forward to sharing this dream with those near and far and hope you‚Äôll join us in the not too distant future. In the meantime here‚Äôs some photos of this summer, the animals, gardens, and the tiny home well on...
Spring Has Sprung!

Spring Has Sprung!

Well it’s been a hot minute since I last updated our website and blog, and to say its been busy would be an understatement. We’ve been up to so much on the farmstead we’ve barely had a minute to sit back and take it all in, although we’re definitely learning to. In January we said our farewell to a friends horse who joined us in the beginning of our journey at Elaho, and welcomed a new lovely face who Johan’s come to rename Annabel. What a gem of a horse she is, looking forward to getting to know her more over the years, such a sweet soul with this one <3 Since February we’ve been getting up to oh so many things. The boys and I built a second horse shelter in record time, 2 days to be exact, and we decided to go with 3 bays this time! Check it out! Johan built his sauna house, which has turned into being the tool shed for the time being. An orange door to suit his favourite colour. We fixed up the old shed and turned it into a chicken coop. We even built 2 new garden beds, brought in fill and planted them. A coworker started way to many tomato seeds and I was blessed with these beauties. And we brought the blueberry bushes back to life. And somehow we even managed to get the round pen built and running, new boards up in the horse field and find sometime to sit back and take in the beauty that is ;...
Blue Horse Ranch

Blue Horse Ranch

While visiting the family farm over the holidays in 100 Mile House, I was eager¬†to go visit a good family friend and mentor Thea Fast of Human be Herd (www.humanbeherd.com). Thea¬†and¬†her family reside¬†in Beaver Valley, BC about a 2 hour drive north east of my grandparents farm in Forest Grove BC. Johan, still being new to my family, hadn’t ever been further north than 108 Mile and I was excited to introduce him to an area of the cariboo that is very fond to me. We took our time and navigated the snowy roads with ease and excitement for the views around the bends. Enjoying the fun sights of¬†the¬†snow covered fields with frosty cows up to their knees in hay piles and round bales.¬†I have to say there’s something special about watching those old farmsteads age over the years, so much history and many stories to be told. Thea lives on a beautiful 40 acre ranch nestled in the valley on¬†Beaver Lake with her husband Charlie, daughter Hazel, 2 dogs, 1 cat and their herd of horses. Upon arrival we were greeted with smiles, giggles and¬†a hot bowl of Thea’s homemade soup. We enjoyed our soup over good convo and catch ups, and settled into¬†into a game of Settlers of Catan. Upon awaking the next day we were greeted with those big cariboo skies and the sun shinning down across the fields, what a perfect way to start our day. We sat down to a nice hearty breakfast, some hot tea and soon got to¬†talking about the horse work Thea does with her herd, which I’ve had the pleasure...
The building of the horse shelter…

The building of the horse shelter…

So as many of you south western BC people know we do indeed live in a rain forest, and Squamish gets a fair amount of that rain, just¬†in¬†the winter alone. So in the midst of the summer heat wave we were already beginning to wonder how much mother nature was holding back, just waiting to pummel the Squamish Valley with her rains, so naturally the beginnings of a horse shelter were in thought. I’ve always had a very firm belief that in order for horses to live a sane and happy life they need to be horses, and horses innately like to be free of constrain, so living on acreage with free will to move is very important to me, and building a horse shelter needed to have this in mind. ¬†Run/in shelters are a great way to keep your horses out of the weather, yet able to do as they please, so we decided to go ahead with a simple 3 wall run in shelter design. Coming from a family of carpenters I wanted to touch base with my father and brothers in building this to make sure I was on the right path. They were all very helpful¬†with steering me in the right direction, from a ball park figure on cost, materials, etc, and so Johan and I rolled up our sleeves and¬†got to work. What we thought was originally going to take a weekend with myself, Johan and my father turned into many weekends of hard work, missing tools, lack of materials and the like. To say the least we learned a lot about what not...