Spiteful Spring

We get a warm, sunny, Sunday. End of story. Oh, I almost forgot; we had a warm, sunny Thursday. This is a spiteful spring opening. The annual spring fever of mating frogs has begun in the farms’ winter creek, a symphony of ribbetting love songs to all the lady froggies, the humming … Read More

Beginning Bee Keeping Class

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Hosted at our home and host apiaries on Vashon Island, we look forward to sharing our experiences with you and exchanging ideas on beekeeping (and chicken coop ideas, too!). Check out our constantly refreshed photos and videos on our Tumblr blog! April 17, Noon-2:30 p.m., $30  La Biondo Farm  – 20602 111th Ave SW- Vashon Island … Read More

IKEA by Joon

Several friends were conveniently unavailable and/ or unwilling to help me with a small IKEA project. They either had previous crazy making experience or they have seen the late night TV/YouTube IKEA bashing. One rainy morning there was Joon Kitty, faux snoozing on his chair, disdainfully suspicious of the bits and pieces on the … Read More

Zero to sixty two…

February 2, 2016, I will be 62. I do not remember this time when I was so pinchable. Mom remembers it like it was yesterday. I saw it on her face as we looked through a box of pictures together. In this picture she feels the soft squishy folds of fatness, she … Read More

Waiting for Frogs

  It is now past mid January, moving toward February when spring hopes eternal. Do you sense it too? Sunday I could smell it in the air; yes it was drizzling, dark and drear, but I caught it on a passing breeze, a slightly sweet familiar aroma of the promise of daffodils, … Read More

Hose Repair 101

  One of the more glamorous  tasks of farming is hose repair. A downward gusher at a break can cause the most amazing sink hole. An upward geyser is playtime for birds, a startling ankle chiller, or a cold slap in the face. Yes, I am a fan of the soaker hose. … Read More

Happy Anniversary

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May 1, 1999 I moved onto this property. I fell in love with the soil and the light. The love affair continues, ever more intensely as I have rooted myself like the old apple tree that stood on this land for who knows how many years. I believe growing food or any … Read More

Ordinary Magic

Overnight the petticoated fairy flower, also known as Columbine opens her skirt and floats the morning dew drops that will not drop while I watch.   Laying down on the job, into the soil Michele pokes the tiny green blades that will become giant golden orbs of savory sweet onions.   I … Read More

More than a Kitchen

Sunrise over the farm welcomes 2015 earlier this month. This morning was the first new moon of 2015 and therefore I believe it is still acceptable to wish you all a Happy New Year.  My theme this year is Grace and Renewal. For me grace is wrapped up with  renewal as my … Read More

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