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Poultry Harvest Workshop, July 2017

June 15, 2017

Poultry Harvest Workshop

When: July 15th & 16th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: The Smithshyre
Costs: $100 (includes two whole fresh chickens)
Reserve your spot today use the payment button on our Workshops webpage.

The Workshop Includes: 4 hours of instruction from pasture to cooler: learn to cull, scald, pluck, behead, de-shank, eviscerate, chill, package, weight & bag. Also take home two 3 to 3.5 pound birds dressed and ready for your table (a $40 value). Join Roni and Erin for a half day of harvesting chicken. We dispatch the birds in a humane way including a Final Flight and incense. Learn from professionals how to process a whole chicken, every step of the way. You will take home the birds you dressed (cleaned and eviscerate) with you when your done. As of June 15th, we only have 2 Sunday opening and 3 Saturday openings remaining, book now.

Plucked, Cleaned and Dressed, ready for the chill tank

cleaned and dress these birds are chill’in before they get bagged

Eggs are Back in the Farmstand

March 18, 2017

We now have eggs for sale in our farm stand, as of March 16th 2017.

$7 a dozen
Pastured Raised
Organic Fed
Exact change only

Ready to package.

Our self serve farm stand is open all daylight hours.

non-certified organic eggs

Winter 2017

March 7, 2017

This winter we have some ambitious plans.

We have 2 greenhouses (high tunnels) we need to build. The smaller high tunnel is almost finished. We only need to put the greenhouse film on the 20 ft. by 20 ft.

We will use this greenhouse for propagation seedling starts and permaculture.

The large high tunnel is 30 ft. by 48 ft. These season extenders should help us grow more and better food for you!

bend galvanised tubes and parts of the large green house [/caption]

We also need to lay 700 ft of polyflex pipe and install 6 frost free yard hydrants. Right now we have a maze of garden hoses to feed both plants and animals. The hoses freeze in the Winter. This is a real pain.

6 yard hydrants waiting to be installed

Additionally, we need to finish up in our 4 main paddocks with better fencing and loafing sheds. Also, we have need to fence off several area of permaculture to protect it from the goats and sheep. 600 feet of fencing. Of course we have all the usual homestead task every Winter provides.

Thanks for staying in touch.

New Farm Stand

June 13, 2016

We have a new farm stand, not quite finished, it is open for business during daylight hours. The farm stand does feature a reach in cooler and a self serve pay box. Exact change only please.

Built as a community effort the post are made of split Cedar. Our neighbor Jacob Foss donated the 3, 12 foot Cedar logs. We did the splitting in the driveway. The decorative walls are made from well weathered boards. These weathered boards date back to 1890’s when our land was first homesteaded by the Frank and Clara Carlson. To this day the original 2 story homestead lies in ruins. So we have been slowly going through it looking for good boards we can use for decoration. Jack Poz. a dear family friend, Benny Nebraska and our interns Devin and Rebecca all help built the farm stand.

You can find all sorts of farm fresh produce. Right now we have Royal Ann Cherries, Cane Berries (Marion, Logan and Boysen) Snow and Sweet peas, Kale, Swiss Chard & many herbs. That is just some of what you might find in the farm stand. Please, check it out and support The Shyre!

Our farm and farm stand are located just north of Poulsbo, on Foss Rd. off Bond Rd. (SR307).

Not quite finished the farm stand is now open anyways.

Not quite finished the farm stand is now open anyways.

Reach in keeps veggies  and fruit super fresh!

Reach in keeps veggies and fruit super fresh!

Spring 2016

April 23, 2016

Well after 2 full years on The Shyre we had our most exciting Spring yet.

They love to cuddly in pots whick double as hay mangers

They love to cuddly in pots whick double as hay mangers

Just weeks old these kids are so cute and fun.

Just weeks old these kids are so cute and fun.

Our dairy goats (Dwarf Nigerians) had kids in late January, February and early March. 3 Does had 10 kids. 3 are does that we will keep here on The Shyre. We now have 5 does. We really enjoy our fresh raw goat milk. In fact the milk feeds not only the farmers but the pigs and puppies as well. See goat milk is the only universal milk, it can be feed to any other animal even a bunny or squirrel. This has obvious benefits. When we have an animal that needs extra milk or protein be it a goat kid or a turkey hatching, we can feed it goat milk. We fattened our yearlings (year old pigs) with it when our farm had little else as extra. (February and March). A ruminates ability to turn grass into protein is “Awesome” and a foundation of the homesteads / American agrarian past alike. Also raw milk has probiotics and healthy enzymes that are killed in pasteurization of conventional milk.

We also had 12 piglets born by 2 sows.

Dasiy the sow with her piglets.

Dasiy the sow with her piglets.

Having never farrowed any sows Roni and I learned fast. The sows did great, they co-raised the 12 piglets. These American Guinea Hog piglets will all be sold once they reach weaner age.

After keeping these sows and 3 other yearlings for about a year it is time for them to move to another farm. We used them systemically to plow pasture into gardens for growing some annuals. We are still focused on pasture productivity but wanted some additional gardens for annuals. Now their work is done we will need to find them a suitable new home.

Additionally, our Dakota had a litter of 10 puppies.

Here Dakota has all 10 puppies nursing i a tripod.  appox. 4 weeks old

Here Dakota has all 10 puppies nursing in a tripod. appox. 4 weeks old

She is a second time mom who did great during her 12 hours of labour, 9pm to 9am that was along night. Roni and I have never helped a bitch whelp before so again we learned many things and fast. The puppies have been a delight and a royal pain all at once. We breed Dakota because Avalanche is so terrific. She and Aves are both 50/50 Great Pyrenees and Anatolian Shepherd. These are both Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGD) which have been breed of centuries to guard livestock. A good LGD is invaluable to a farm or homestead.

Our ewe Suri with lamb in the next few weeks (we hope). We have a turkey hen setting on a nest of 14 eggs. We also have pheasant and chicken eggs incubating. Busy time on the Shyre.

Eggs, Eggs, Eggs

April 22, 2016

After a long Winter with few eggs are ladies are back! We have many dozens in the fridge, drop by the farm stand.

Eggs in baskets are waiting to be washed.  the rest are cartooned and ready for sale.

Eggs in baskets are waiting to be washed. the rest are cartooned and ready for sale.

We feed our hens organic feed and they are pasture raised. $7 a dozen

Our farm stand is open daily during daylight hours. Exact change only please, sorry.

Our feed “Scratch and Peck” is sourced within our bio-region “Cascadia” this is important to us a local food advocates.

Easter Turkeys

February 22, 2016

Late last summer our turkey hens all disappeared together 28 days later they came out with chicks in tow. These unplanned turkeys would not be ready for Thanksgiving, thus we are offering an Easter Harvest of our heritage breed and raised local turkeys.

Easter Turkey? Yea!

Special Easter Harvest very limited quantity. Whole & fresh, pasture raised, non-certified Organic Turkey. Our birds retail for $10.00 a pound ($80-$140). We are currently taking deposits on turkeys 8 to 14 pounders. Our next harvest is days before Easter 2016. * This is a deposit.*

These Easter Turkeys will be harvested March 24th and 25th to be picked up Friday (3/25) or Saturday (3/36). These will sell out fast, don’t miss out!

Great Video, Thanks Kitsap Bank

February 6, 2016

As Edg3 FUND (a small business award) finalist this high production video was produced on our behalf. Our experience with Edg3 FUND was rewarding, exciting & disappointing. No regrets just a deeper commitment to our farm. Thanks Kitsap Bank.

Pre-Order chickens for 2016 NOW

January 18, 2016

The Smithshyre is changing the way we raise chickens this year, 2016. We are only going to grow chickens for those who pre-ordered them. We will have 2 harvest, not 5 as usual. A Spring and Fall harvest. Believe it or not it is time to order our chicks for 2016.

We are going to collect $10 deposits for our pasture raised chickens, in 2016.

The day old chicks will be ready in 8-9 weeks.

The day old chicks will be ready in 8-9 weeks.

We are streamlining our chicken production so we can grow more produce. We hope you all will find this system just as convenient as our old harvest system. Check out all the details on our pastured poultry page.

Heritage Barn Listing

October 20, 2015

The “Carlson Barn” on the “Old Foss Farm” @ “The Smithshyre” is officially listed by Washington State’s Department of Architecture and Historic Preservation as a Heritage Barn.

What does this mean for the barn, it has protected status. We are now eligible to apply for a grant to preserve the barn. We are very excited about this designation. Someday we hope to offer a multi-course farm to table dinner in our registered heritage barn.

Doors are open on the barn that means some work was getting done but not by Avalanche.

Doors are open on the barn that means some work was getting done but not by Avalanche.