***We have a winner!! Congrats to Brenna W.!! ***
And thank you to all who entered…remember that you can pick up a print of your very own at The Farmstead’s Etsy shop.***
Hands down, one of my favorite spots amongst the interwebs: this wacky, wonderful thing that is The Farmstead. I cannot get enough of the whimsical images that they churn out (please, please go follow them on Facebook so that you can fully appreciate…go right now! I’ll wait here.) depicting life on their small and lovely and simply magical farm in Olympia, Washington.
Meet Nick and Rachael: Mr. & Mrs. Farmstead, wearers of many hats. Pig-herders, chicken-wranglers, goat-whisperers, barn-raisers, documentary photographers; they do it all, just the two of them.
Well, they get a little help from baby daughter, ‘Gizmo’.
They’re in good company with their motley crew of free-ranging Tamworth pigs, Katahdin Hair Sheep, and an assorted collection of goats, chickens, donkeys, dogs, and cats.
Lest these lovely images lead you to believe that The Farmstead is all brains and beauty but no brawn; rest assured, this is a real, working farm. Their heritage breed pigs provide pastured pork to the local masses, as do their lovely grass-fed lambs, and their laying hens are hand-raised and loved on to become sweet-natured flock members for backyard chicken enthusiasts. All their animals happily free-range and forage under the canopy of the forest, living the good life, working their best angles for the camera.
But Rachael and Nick say it best on their website: We are committed to creating an environment that sustains our presence without sacrificing the land. In Europe the term “High Farming” is used to reference the perfect balance between plants and animals. Animals enrich the soil, the soil produces plants, the plants feed the animals. On The Farmstead we aspire to succeed at “High Farming” and, in turn, nourish the people.
Our farm has made the conscious decision to raise animals with respect and dignity. We believe by giving animals a free and protected environment they will grow happy and healthy, without the constant bevy of antibiotics, hormones, and fillers, factory farms are forced to use. We also believe when animals are raised in fresh air and sunshine (or in our case, rainshine) their meat and eggs are healthier for us.
Cheers to that.
Their stunning photography demonstrates just how much they love their animals (and visa versa), as well as showing off the couple’s quick, quirky sense of humor.
Which brings me to my favorite The Farmstead image ever…The Winged Goat:
I gushed over this image when it came through my feed on Facebook. An embarrassing amount. So imagine my delight and surprise when a print showed up in my mailbox. My real mailbox. Where mail goes. A real print of my very own–to hang on my gallery wall:
Rachael and Nick. They’re just good people.
I’m completely excited and humbled that, together, we are giving away a framed copy of The Winged Goat to one lucky winner. To enter, just follow the link below and leave us a comment telling us where you’d hang this print. Contest runs today February 28th, 2014, thru midnight Tuesday, March 4th, 2014. We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday! Good luck!
Enter here: Meet The Farmstead Giveaway
And don’t miss out on all The Farmstead fun–follow along with Rachael, Nick, and Gizmo on their farming adventures at OlyFarmstead.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.