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Help Us Repair Our Heritage Barns Roof

October 18, 2017

Will you help Us fix our barns roof?

The old Foss farm came with a great old dairy barn. We keep livestock in the barn, our dairy goat herd.

Minni and her kids on pasture, just weeks old.

However, one third of the roof is the original cedar shakes, needless to say it leaks badly. If we are going to save this piece of local Heritage we need to repair the roof. Roofers estimate the cost of the work will cost $6,000. Help us get the barns roof fixed so we can save the barn, thank you.

We area asking people to donate via our Go Fund Me site. Here is the link https://www.gofundme.com/thesmithshyre. Thank you in advance for donating to our cause.

Barn and Impressive Maple in the mist.

I have great blog post about the barn, its history and so forth click the link to check it out.

Heritage barn with cedar shake roof section visible

Thanksgiving Turkeys 2017

October 16, 2017

It is time to collect some deposits on Thanksgiving Turkeys.

These will go fast, they always do.

Turkeys on Pasture


Harvest Details:
When: 20th or 21st of November, pick up in the afternoon
Where: The Smithshyre, Poulsbo WA
Cost: $25 deposit | $10 per pound (average bird cost $80-$120)
How: We do all the hard work, you simple pick up a fresh bird in a shrink bag.






We breed these turkeys here at the Shyre, they roost in our “Impressive Maple” tree.

They turkeys roost in our “Impressive Maple”


They live a pastured raised life with natural forage and sunshine. A heritage breed, Narragansett’s were once the traditional thanksgiving bird, before the industrial revolution. They will be 8 to 12 pounds cleaned and dressed at harvest. We package them in a shirk wrap bag, for your convenience.

Workshops Poultry Harvest

July 25, 2017

Workshops

We offer homesteading workshops.

Our most popular workshop is our “Poultry Harvest”. Learn to take a chicken from pasture to the icy cooler. We do this 2 times a year.

After you order we will send you an email, to confirm which date you want and to answer any questions you may have.

Date: August 18th and 19th (Fri. Sat.)
Time: 10 am til 2 pm
Place: The Smithshyre
Costs: $100 and you get two 3-4 pound birds

Reserve your spot now! Space is limited.





After you order we will send you an email, to confirm which date you want and to answer any questions you may have.

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

Poultry Harvest Workshop Included: 4 hour of instruction from pasture to cooler: learn to cull, scald, pluck, behead, de-shank, eviscerate, chill, package, weight & bag. Also take home two 3 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.

Last Poultry Harvest 2017

July 24, 2017

August 19th to the 22nd

Last Chance in 2017

Whole, Fresh, Chickens will be available.

Dates August 19th & 22nd 2017
Time Noon to 6pm Sunday – Tuesday (Saturday 2pm to 6pm)
Don’t Forget your cooler to keep these birds as fresh as possible.
This is 2017 last harvest! Last Chance in 2017
Deposit $10 per bird
Get extra and put em in your freezer






Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.

Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.

Chicken Harvest July 15th & 16th

June 30, 2017

For the 2017 growing season we are only growing chickens to order!
Deposit are $10 a bird.






As per the poultry processing permit we sell our chickens fresh and whole and only within 48 hours of harvest. We shrink wrap the product for your convenience. A trip to our farm is part of the fun.

Need a map to the farm.

Butchering day is a bit messy and time consuming but it is many times cleaner and more humane then large poultry factories can provide.

Next Harvest:

July 15th & 16th 2017

A pasture full of chickens.

A pasture full of chickens.

Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.

Dated, weighted, and priced for the shopper.

Meat Birds

We are now taking deposits for our Spring harvest, our first chicken harvest of 2017.

Costs: $6.50 a pound
Deposit: $10
When: July 15th & 16th

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.