Our farm manager of four great years left today, for travel, relaxation and a new job. Heartfelt thanks and best wishes to Ryan and Annie. Ryan leaves behind this and last year's healthy herds of baby goats, his legacy to the farm. We are stronger than ever before thanks to his passion and commitment. Truly the Goat King.
Good-bye, thank you and love to our Washington Girls! Angela and Lauren are high-school friends from Washington who came for the second year running to stay, work, and work some more, on their California tans. They spent three weeks working on the farm for Adriana, our events manager, and for Joe, our farm cook.
Angela on the left, and Lauren on the right. Angela wants to work in the hospitality business, so this was perfect experience. Lauren wants to serve in the Peace Corps before becoming a nurse. Here she's describing how she clutched a baby goat when she was five, the first time she came to the farm. I met Lauren's father when I was pretty much her age, working on a "pirate ship" as sailing camp staff. Her aunt is Teri, our farm artist
Before they came last year, Lauren had never eaten any cheese. But today, when they get home, Angela and Lauren are going to cook goat cheese ravioli for their families. They've worked long and hard with the farm cook, and looked beautiful throughout. They loved living in our son Ben's cabin, they loved eating family-style at night, and they loved Santa Cruz. We loved them! So good luck, Angela, in your move to Massachusetts, but see you both back next year! xoxoxo
All our 2011 babies are home. After they were born on the farm, we took all the girls to our annex to raise them in small groups in quiet surroundings. Ryan and Annie bottle-fed the tiny girls as they arrived, gradually promoting them to age-appropriate milks in their separate enclosures. Now, in June, all the babies are weaned and eating grain and alfalfa. They came back to the farm in the truck, packed in there one by one, and we let them loose on grass for the first time.
The babies ate a last meal in the corral
Ryan lifted them over the fence to Rachel
Rachel tucked them into the back of the truck. The 2011 babies all have red tags
Upon the funeral of their adored dog of 17 years, my old friends Andrew and Griff are in town to open up our shop to a cornucopia of clothes and textiles, hand-made in Britain for Harley Farms. Our "Made in Britain" lines will be a tempting mix of the practical and decorative, with clogs for women and children and Shetland wool hats already available for you to try. But first, please consider Andrew and Griff's loss.
Andrew and Griff's Piglet, adopted 17 years ago from a London pound, died peacefully last month
I remember an awful incident a year or so ago when we were all on holiday in Yorkshire. Piglet, let out last thing in the evening for a little fresh air, wandered off, perhaps confused by the countryside. Andrew and Griff leapt to the dramatic conclusion that she had been squashed on the local railway, but very happily she reappeared in the morning on the milkman's truck, having been spotted trotting along the lanes. She lived another few months of her very long life.
You may be a fashion buyer, but we will still make you work on the farm. Griff wrangles a frisky llama
Andrew directs a photo shoot of our Made In Britain wool caps
We quite often feature our dead pets. It may be a way of dealing with the emotional tumult of being responsible for the welfare of animals and staff on the farm. An official farewell ends an exhausting season of work or an unusual week of incident. And happy times are ahead! We welcome you to the farm in summer for a relaxing day out or a farm dinner upstairs. Do stop by the farm shop to admire Andrew and Griff's design work and lovely new hand-made things for you and your family.
Enjoy our freshly-plumbed running rainwater sink next to the farm porta-potties!
Life gets ever more comfortable. We expect public lavatories everywhere we go. At the farm, we installed an incineration toilet for staff and visitors, but users fluffed the unfamiliar sequence of events once too often, and the toilet broke down. Since the county permit process for building a flush toilet here in Pescadero is too long and expensive to contemplate, we now have two porta-potties behind the loafing barn. Last week, we added a rainwater sink next to the porta-potties, so that you may wash your hands immediately.
Our farm does not have flushing china fixtures, but we do have several hundred healthy animals, international award-winning cheese, a farm shop, hugely popular farm dinners - and dedicated, talented and highly sanitary staff