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March 26 2021

I asked Gina to write this blog as she has a great story that always brings great smiles to my face. And yes before anyone asks I am THAT friend and Kevin and I were back that night willing to take her home.

In May of 2016, Sabrina came into my life. She was 7 days old, the unfortunate little sister to two big brothers who would not share their mom′s udder. Yes, Sabrina is a goat. I was asked to babysit overnight while a friend ran an out-of-town errand and by the next day, I was firmly convinced that nothing could make me give her back. I didn′t get much of an argument (okay, none at all) because bottle baby goats take a LOT of work and time and sleepless nights...

I might be confusing Sabrina with my own kid, but anyway, they are a handful, at least. Since I had no facilities to contain a very tiny goat at that time, Sabrina slept in a big Rubbermaid tub next to my bed. She woke me when she was hungry (nobody can sleep through that!) She followed me around my house and crawled in the dishwasher. She rode along to every place we went including the local brewery, a winery, my son′s school, the chiropractor′s office, and no one ever said, "No livestock allowed".

When Sabrina was about 5 weeks old, I acquired another bottle baby. He was 4 weeks old, the only survivor of triplets who was too weak to nurse at birth, and he was looking for someone who already had a sister for him to play with. Thus, Lincoln joined our lives. Two bottle babies are always better than one and now Sabrina and I had another hiking buddy. As the two of them grew, we would put them in a big dog crate and drive up the pass to go for walks along snowy glacial lakes. We took them to our favorite campground and let them bounce from rock to rock and everywhere we went, we would catch someone doing a doubletake because those "little dogs" look suspiciously like little goats!

As usually happens, kids grow up, and Sabrina and Lincoln were no exception. They eventually stopped fitting in the crate and started hanging out more in their pasture and acting a little more like goats. These days, Lincoln is about 250 pounds of big hairy lapdog. He needs assurance that he is a "good goat" and that means ear rubs and scratches. Sabrina is a very independent, if somewhat stumpy, guard goat. Everyone who comes into her pasture, who is not me, gets the eyeball and ears straight out, flying nun style, and occasionally she will threaten a head butt if I don′t grab her. It is kind of a pain, but kind of flattering, too, since my "daughter" is protecting me.

I should have known from her protection of me that she would make a terrific mom, herself. She proved it on March 7th, 2021 when she gave birth to Scottie and Saffron. The neat part of having bottle babies is that they become wonderfully socialized to people, just like dogs. The neat part of having my bottle baby raise her own kids is she is imprinted on me; she naturally transfers that trust to her offspring. I get all the joy of friendly goat kids without the sleepless nights and worries!

I want to dedicate this story to my beloved Australian Shepherd, Bella, whom I lost a couple weeks ago. She was a fantastic "mom" to Sabrina and Lincoln and would have certainly adopted Sabrina′s kids as well. It′s a tremendous loss to my entire family.

March 16 2021

This past week I took a walk in the woods at our Birdsview property and took some pictures of the approaching spring and thought I would share them with you.

For many years I have recommended that everyone should learn a healing modality, if for no other reason than to have the ability of doing first aid for you, your family, and any animals you may have. There are many alternatives to pharmaceuticals, our favorite is Homeopathy. This healing modality is based on the principle of "like cures like" in other words a remedy that will cause a set of symptoms in a healthy individual can cure those same symptoms in a sick individual.

Homeopathy was very widely practiced in the latter half of the 19th century with many colleges and hospitals around the US. But it was not liked by those that preferred the barbaric practices of bloodletting and purgation and was deemed as quackery and any who practiced it ostracized and lost their medical license. Even those who consulted with homeopaths were put on notice. So, it rapidly fell in popularity here in the US. Recently it has been more widely accepted and with the science of nanoparticles it can now be explained how this 200-year-old medicine works.

With thousands of remedies Homeopathy can effectively prevent or treat any illness, and injuries heal faster when an appropriate remedy is used. Here at the farm, we have successfully treated everything from simple muscle strains and proud flesh to mastitis and broken legs. One of our first major successes was a case of suspected joint ill in a newborn goat. In a matter of hours, the kid went from not using a leg at all to no noticeable favoring of the leg. It was amazing to witness the speed of progression to health.

There are many benefits of homeopathy; here are our favorites...

As you can see there are many reasons to love homeopathy, but there are reasons to be very frustrated with it also. The primary issue is that there are so many remedies to choose from, and many remedies can be used for the same symptoms, so how does one choose? As with learning anything new, starting with the basics will give a foundation to work on. I started with first aid and issues as they happened, and then took some online classes as I studied and acquired more resources. I am now fairly confident in homeopathy and some illnesses and/or injuries are rapidly taken care of, but others still stump me, so I then use other methods in my toolbox to deal with the presenting case.

As I look through my remedies, I realize how many are used and how many I do not want to be without but there are some remedies that are critical for us on the farm. Ipecacuanha and Chamomilla are used for every batch of chicks we raise. I have stated that the one mandatory item in my kidding kit is Sepia for the doe that refuses to nurse her kid. And of course, the number 1 remedy for us humans is Magnesia Phosphorica for muscle cramps.

With all the remedies out there, your favorites will be different than ours and you even may decide that homeopathy is not for you but healing with herbs calls to you like homeopathy does to me. Hoping that whichever method you use builds on the nutrient dense diet of pork, chicken, duck, and eggs that Akyla Farms (and Give Me Faith Farms) provides.

Pre-orders are coming in and the chickens are going fast and there is a limited supply of the ducks so if you are interested in either of these get your pre-order in before they are gone. Our pre-order form can be found here

Goose, duck, and chicken eggs are readily available at Akyla Farms or Give Me Faith Farms. Call, text, or email so we can have the eggs ready for you to pick up.

February 26 2021

It′s Pre-Order Time! Pre-order form can be found here.

Every year we answer questions from people who have never bought meat from us. Some of their questions are easy, such as, how much we charge per pound of pork or how much do the chickens weigh. Then there are the questions that take some thought and I usually do a quick web search for these answers. For instance, how much freezer space is needed for X number of chickens or how much meat is on a half a pig? One of my new books answers these questions and more by leading the reader through a series of calculations to determine how much freezer space they need to feed their family based upon real life numbers. There′s a Cow in My Freezer by Maxine Taylor is well worth the purchase price for someone interested in buying a freezer and/or purchasing meat by the quarter, half, or whole. Budgeting, selecting a farmer, cut and wrap instructions, keeping track of inventory, and more are all well covered in this easy-to-read book. We do not get anything for recommending the book, but I just want to help you to purchase your meat from Akyla Farms.

The farm is slowly waking up as spring approaches. We currently have duck eggs for sale. Gina has chicken eggs available and soon we will have chicken eggs, as well. Our first goat kid was born 2 weeks ago, so I have started milking, and the next doe is due in a couple of weeks. The first batch of meat chickens and the pigs will arrive in just over a month, so the planning is in full swing for the year.

We have kept prices at the same level as last year, but they will be increasing on May 1st of this year, so get your pre-orders in to take advantage of the lower prices! We had planned to increase our prices last year but chose to hold off since lockdowns created undue hardships for many. Some of our suppliers raised their prices last year so we need to increase our own to keep the farm sustainable. We understand that, in many ways, the economy is still in dire shape, so if you need pre- or post-payment plans, please ask and we can work something out.

Because we care about you, we highly recommended visiting a couple websites that go into detail about events in the world today and where we have been. Highwire.com, childrenshealthdefense.org and mercola.com are my three favorite sites for the issues surrounding Sars-cov-2. There are many more and, if you are interested, please email me and I will send you a list. I have previously written about our views on Covid19 and they have not changed, other than gaining more enlightenment as to who and what is behind the issues we′re facing on the local, national and world levels. All three of these websites report peer reviewed data that goes against what is being reported on the mainstream news. Many try to attack the character of the people putting this information out there, but they have a long list of credentials and accomplishments to back them up. For example, Del Bigtree and the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) have published that they are winning lawsuits against the CDC and FDA regarding safety studies of vaccines. Unfortunately, they are being heavily censored as are many others trying to speak the truth. To those of you who have been directly affected by the disease Covid19, we sincerely hope that you have recovered or are well on your way to recovery. There are a few questions that I want to end with in the hopes that they will help you to see through the lies that are being told.

  1. If Covid19 is such a deadly disease, why was there no change in the all-cause mortality numbers from 2020 compared to previous years?
  2. Why are low-cost, proven treatments such as hydroxychloroquine or Vitamin D being buried by the mainstream media?
  3. If the vaccines are so safe and effective why are there over 900 deaths in the US with close to half occurring within 48 hours of receiving a vaccine as reported by VAERS?

Okay, I will get off my soapbox now.

If you have read this to the end, I appreciate you and I want to thank you for supporting a local small farm. We are looking forward to receiving your pre-orders and, as always, if you have any questions, want more information, or would like to check on egg availability please email, text, or call.

February 12 2021

Give Me Faith Farm

Hello there, I′m Gina⋅⋅⋅

I live in the stunningly beautiful Skagit Valley on a little over 2 acres. My husband and I bought the place in 2012 and I became determined to turn a run down 90-year-old house and blackberry vine-laden property into a thriving homestead.

We built a glass greenhouse, recycled from our house when we upgraded the windows. The chickens had a small coop to call their own and a 3-sided shed was put up to give the horses shelter. A smaller shed with a floor was built to house my 2 rescue goats. We designated a large area for a vegetable garden and a small, mixed fruit orchard. The chickens had the run of the front yard and eliminated the ant infestation the first year they were here. I was a novice gardener and knew little about fruit trees so there was a lot of learning taking place. After a couple years, I felt we had a good start.

Fast forward to 2015, I was online asking a goat group if anyone could identify what kind of goats I had, and someone suggested a woman who could help me. As it turned out, she ran a large goat herd a little over a mile from my house and she stopped by to look. Her name was Carol of Akyla Farms, and we immediately hit it off (I am proud to call her my best friend, now). One thing friends do is introduce each other to new things. I had owned a goat in the past (Elmer, who lived at the barn where I worked and one day came home with me), and I had two rescue goats when I met Carol, but I can honestly say, she truly introduced me to goats. Now, because of her (and thanks to her) I have five goats, some with babies on the way and a young buckling as the new herd sire.

Here we are, 9 years after we started and the house has finally been completely remodeled, the property has been cleared and fenced and a bunch of outbuildings have been added, thanks to my hard working, long suffering significant other (I swore I only wanted six chickens). We have a larger garden and the fruit trees are producing apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, pears, figs, and quince. A second greenhouse was added to the garden specifically for my husband′s tomatoes. The chickens now number around 30 and layer ducks are due in April. Three bossy geese run things in the orchard and I have a herd dog who long ago decided to live by the mantra, "If you can′t beat them, join them". In other words, my goats will not be herded. And herding cats and chickens gets old when all they do is scatter in all directions.

I have learned to make goat cheese and goat′s milk soap, I can or freeze the produce from our garden, bake sourdough bread, and make endless gallons of chicken stock. My goals are to produce most of my family′s food, to raise chickens and ducks for meat and eggs, to raise geese and, of course, goats. We are also hoping to add pigs this year for meat and to help the goats with brush control.

Welcome to my farm!

January 31 2021

Spinning and Weaving

As the farm continues to hibernate for the winter, Kevin and I have the opportunity to spend some time on our hobbies of hand-spinning and weaving. There is just something about taking pieces of fluff and turning them into yarn and then using that yarn to make an item that can be enjoyed for years to come. We have made shawls, scarves, boxes, flowers, dragonflies, blankets, pillows and many other things.

The current spinning herd includes one antique and one modern wooden wheel, a wheel made out of PVC pipe, and a little electric one. There is one more on the way — a larger electric wheel that I am calling Big Brother. Each wheel has its own personality and what it excels at. We don′t use the antique as it is very hard to keep the wheel turning. It is, therefore, looking for a new home where it can be used to spin beautiful yarn. "The Traveler" is Kevin′s wheel and has a lot of ratios for a wide range of spinning capabilities from fine to thick. Then there is "Babe", which is my first wheel and while it has minimal adjustments, I can do everything from fine to thick on it with my usual inconsistently consistent yarn being spun. The "Nano" is just plain cute in that it is so small that it fits in the palm of my hand and it excels at making very fine yarn. The one that is coming is a larger version of the Nano, hence the name Big Brother, with a bobbin that purportedly will hold 8 oz of fiber (the Nano holds 2 at max and the others will do 4 nicely).

For weaving we have a conventional table loom with 8 harnesses that will hold long, relatively narrow warps for weaving and an assortment of small and medium frame looms in square, rectangle, triangle and dragonfly shapes. The individual weavings can be joined together to make anything that comes to mind. Kevin greatly prefers his table loom but has little patience for my frame looms, whereas I much prefer my frame looms as I don′t have to spend so much time in getting the loom warped!

Here are some pictures of what I have created recently from my handspun fiber.


January 15 2021

New Year

For Christmas this year, one of my asked for gifts was a book called Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown. It is a story of one family′s switch to regenerative agriculture. As I read the first few chapters, I thought to myself, "I already know this stuff." With my Masters in Animal Science and years as a small Farm Planner and livestock grazer, I am very familiar with the subject of pasture management. However, as I read on, I began to realize how non-diverse our pastures are. They contain mainly grasses with a few legumes and are lacking the diversity that nature craves and thrives on. One of our primary goals for the cows and goats is to have them grazing throughout the year and eliminate the need to supplement with hay.

Hay is one of the biggest expenses for Akyla Farms, as with most livestock farms, but there are many farms that do not feed any stored forages and reside in much harsher climates than ours. It is possible to do if one learns how to think outside the box. Current plans are to seed our pastures with a more diverse array of legumes, grasses, and forbs. Legumes include plants such as clovers and alfalfa. Grasses include cool season varieties such as orchard grass and fescue, and warm season varieties such as Bermuda grass and corn. Forbs are generally broadleaf plants that are not grasses, nor are they woody, and include plants such as plantain, dandelions and sorrel.

Other points of interest that I noted include:

As with each new year there is always lots of promise, hope and enthusiasm. We are well into the planning for this year with some plans already set-in motion and, as I learn more (there are several more farming books for me to read this year) there will be plenty of new ideas to implement. Looking forward to seeing you on the farm for eggs and chicken pick-ups.

January 17 2020

Why did I get so little meat from my animal?

Live weight, carcass weight, hanging weight, and dressed weight are all terms that can be confusing for consumers. Depending on the species, the amount of usable product that makes it to your dinner table can vary greatly. To get the most out of your money, make use of everything that you pay for, even items not typically found in the grocery store.

Live Weight

This is the weight of the animal as it is still walking around. For one of our chickens, a typical live weight would be about six pounds.

Carcass, Hanging, or Dressed Weight

These terms all describe the same thing. They are the weight of the carcass after the internal organs, lower legs, tails, heads, and sometimes skin or hide are subtracted. Our chickens, for example, sell whole. For other animals, dressed weight is what we use to calculate the amount due. In other words, the customer is not paying for the weight of the hide or any bones or organs not included in the order.
For the adventuresome, this is where additional items can be had for little or no cost. To get pork and beef extras, you would need to be present at time of butcher. These items include hide, intestines (for sausage casings), feet (make great chews for dogs), and any organs you would like. The heart, liver, and kidneys can go with the butcher but must be requested.

Take Home Weight (Cooking Weight)

This is what you get at the butcher when picking up a half or whole pig or steer. It also refers to a sold-as-whole chicken, or individual packages of wings, thighs, drumsticks, and/or breasts, such as you would see in the grocery store. Bones are excellent for making homemade stock and I always encourage my customers to retain the fat from the pig they buy from us. Pig fat is very easy to render and can be used in a multitude of ways in the kitchen and around the house.

Here is an example of how a typical sized chicken from Akyla Farms breaks down.

5.94 lbs Live weight

-1.78 Minus internal organs, head, tail, feet, feathers

4.16 Carcass weight

-0.91 Minus backbone, extra fat, skin, breast bone

3.25 Cooking weight of wings, drumsticks, thighs, breast meat

For pork and beef, the percentages are a bit different and some parts are in different places. Ordering different cuts will also change the take home weight as the butcher will remove more or less bone, depending.

Hopefully this clears up some of the confusion regarding different weights and terms and helps you get the most out of your purchase.

May 20 2020

Corona is forcing all of us to change and adapt as we tread through the unknown of what the government is going to do next and how the public is going to respond. Here at Akyla Farms our day-to-day activities have not changed much other than Kevin getting off work a little earlier. He just went back to full time this week. He works warehouse for a plumbing supply company which is categorized as sanitation and therefore essential. For me, Carol, my day is still full of chores with milking goats, moving meat bird pens, feeding pigs and making sure that the goat herd has enough to eat.

Where we are having to adapt is giving extra time for supplies to arrive. The orders for the homeopathic remedies and mineral supplements are taking longer to get shipped. And we should have ordered batch 2 meat birds sooner. For the last couple of years, ordering a month in advance has worked. Not so for batch 2, they are due to arrive June 2nd which is 2 weeks behind what we figured out back in February when we set our schedule for this year. So now Batch 2 will be processed on August 8th, 9th and 15th. If you have put a pre-order in for Batch 2 and have not gotten an email from me in regards to rescheduling pick-up please contact me as I have not gotten your order.

By the way something that I started last fall is to do my accounting each Friday. So this is when I enter the pre-orders and send out receipts. If you have sent in your pre-order for pork or chicken and have not heard back from me please let me know.

Another change that has happened, not directly due to the issues facing us all, is that we now have a honor system for eggs. They are in a non-working freezer on the west side of the house and there is a wood payment box in the freezer. Plenty of chicken, duck and goose eggs are available. All of the eggs are unwashed. If you would prefer washed, contact us with how many and which kind you want and we will get some washed for you.

One other adaptation that directly applies to you is that we have decided to not raise our prices this year as it just didn′t seem right with so many not getting their regular pay checks and small brick and mortar businesses questioning whether they are going to be able to open let alone be a business.

If you are thinking about getting a whole or a half pig now is the time to get your pre-order in as we are getting close to selling out for this year. The pigs are doing well and enjoying their pasture and organic grains with milk from our dairy does and surplus eggs. Batch 1 of meat chickens are also on track to be processed the first 2 weekends in June, some are still available to be on your table. If getting chicken in June look for a reminder email the week before.

Hoping that we will be able to have a normal more similar to what we had 6 months ago than what is going on now.

February 29 2020

Spring is coming and the farm while busy all year around is starting to see the grass growing and buds forming on the trees and shrubs. With the coming of Spring the first batch of chicks have been ordered and we will be making plans to pick up pigs so it is time to start taking pre-orders.

By taking pre-orders we get to gauge the level of interest in our products by you and it provides a little cash flow after the winter when we don′t have much sales.

We will again have whole meat chickens and fall pork by the half or whole. Eggs are also available at the home farm in Sedro Woolley. After many years of not raising our prices and crunching numbers for last year we have decided to have a slight price increase. To say thank you for placing pre-orders the new prices will take effect May 1st. So get your pre-orders in now at last years prices.

With last years addition of ducks and geese we now have duck and goose eggs available along with the traditional chicken. Please call/text or email to check availability.

The first batch of chirpy, fluff balls (aka broiler chicks) have been ordered and should be arriving on April 2nd. Seeing the little chirps run around in the brooder is always a warm feeling. Let us know if you would like to stop by to watch the fluff balls, just need to be quick as they don′t stay that way for very long.

Download your pre-order form hereand send it to us to get your order on our list. Checks are preferable but can take credit/debit over the phone if you prefer. And of course if you want to stop by for eggs we can take your order then with cash, check or debit/credit.

January 29 2020

We recently gave a farm tour to a new customer and were asked about any certifications or permits that we have. There are many different certifications that we could garner: Organic, Animal Welfare Approved, Grassfed would be at the top of the list.

Our basic belief is that it is the integrity of the farmer that is more important than any piece of paper. There is no one following us around every day to make sure that we do not buy the Roundup and apply it to our pastures or use the pharmaceutical meds on our animals for every little sniffle. We strive for animals that are healthy without the use of drugs and believe that animals need to be managed in a way that mimics the natural environment as close as we can. Hence we use minimal shelters, herds on pasture and homeopathy as our core.

We do acquire the Pasture Poultry Permit that legally allows us to process and sell whole chickens. This means that we are inspected on a butchering day each year by the WA State Department of Agriculture. In the many years that we have processed poultry, each with the permit, we have never scored less than 100 and have taken any suggestion by the inspector and improved upon our setup and processing. While the permit allows us to process whole chickens and sell them within 48 hours we are not allowed to cut the birds up to separately provide wings, breasts, legs or thighs. As part of the processing we can separate and offer feet and organs (heart, liver, spleen, gizzard and the occasional testicles/ovaries and lungs). Let us know on the pre-order form if you would like feet and/or organs, or when you pick up your whole chickens.

By selling the larger animals (cows, pigs, goats) by the whole, half or quarter we are working with the butcher on your behalf to process your animal or part of. This is considered custom meat processing. In order to sell you a single package of chops or ground meat the animal has to be processed at a USDA inspected facility. There is a mobile unit that does operate in the area but there is a long wait list to become a member of the cooperative that operates it. Also, in the past we have sent a couple of pigs this route and we received a lot less money because so much more was taken off of the carcass before hanging weight was taken. The parts taken off, including backfat/lard, and any other offal is immediately put into a bucket and made unfit for human consumption, this is a requirement at USDA Inspected facilities. In the Custom route that we offer these extra parts can be saved and used for traditional dishes, pet food for local raw feeders (most of the organs from the animals we butcher feed our dogs or other local raw feeders) or composted and returned to the pastures where the animals were raised. If you would like some of the offal from butchering let us know and we can work with you to utilize this resource.

We are starting to plan for this year and will be taking pre-orders by the end of February for chicken and pork. Also sometime this late spring/early summer we will have a veal calf available. Stay tuned for dates and further information.

As always if you have questions please feel free to ask,
Carol and Kevin


July 17 2019

Chicken faq

It′s about that time again for chickens and wanted to answer some of your questions about our chickens. If I don′t get to your question please ask. What do your chickens eat?

When the chicks arrive we start them on hard boiled eggs (from our flock of organically fed chickens) and raw goats milk (from our dairy goats that are fed a non grain, mostlry organic diet) for the first day. Then for the rest of their time in the brooder they eat a certified organic grain mix. When they go out to the pasture the grain mix transitions to a grower feed, also certified organic. Their diet also consists of grasses, seeds, other vegetation and any bugs that happens to wander into their pen. How Long does it take for the chickens to grow?

About 10 weeks, the first 3 are in the brooder and the rest is out in the pasture pens that are moved daily to fresh pasture. What is the average weight of a chicken?

4.4 lbs is the average weight. The birds grow about an additional half a pound in the week between the processing dates, so if you would prefer more lighter weight birds select the first weekend for a batch, the second weekend the birds will be a bit heavier. The weight range is 3.3 to 5.9 lbs per bird. How long have you been raising meat chickens?

We started in 2006.

Are the birds cleaned when I pick them up?

The birds are defeathered and gutted, they look very similar to what you would find in the grocery store.

When can I pick up my birds?

We try to have the gate open by 2pm on processing days. We process the birds in the morning but don′t always get an early start and may still be processing or cleaning up/getting ready for packaging at 2. Our next processing days are July 20th , 21st and 27th. Do you have birds available at other times of the year?

Because we prefer to process our own birds for quality control, the chickens legally have to go directly to you, the consumer, within 48 hours of processing. We also only raise birds in the spring/summer months and our processing setup is outdoors so processing in the wetter/colder months of the year is not a viable option. Can I come watch processing?

We enjoy knowing that our customers can watch us and see for themselves how their food makes it to their table, just let us know that you want to come so we can open the gate for you to come in. We usually are processing from 8am to noon on processing days. How much do you charge per lb?

$6/lb which makes the average bird $26.40.

What breed of chickens do you raise?

Freedom Rangers. The genetics come from France and the Label Rouge Program that denotes high quality pastured chickens. Are the chickens organic?

They are not certified organic but are raised organically.

Let me know if you have a question that I did not cover.

May 9 2019

"If it′s not 1 thing it′s 5 others" has become one of my mantras. My life is very busy and I′m sure yours is too. I recently learned that we can only make so many decisions in a day and that coupled with having only have so much energy each day means that many things don′t get done if they are pushed off. For some of us just getting out of bed can take a good percentage of our daily energy allotment. For others making daily routine decisions like what to eat for dinner is not easy after a long day of decision making at work or with the kids.

One thing that I have learned that really helps my day flow, especially at the end of the day is to have a meal plan. I usually try to set it up each month, but for others a weekly plan works well. The monthly plan has worked well for me because I have been stocking up on the staples that I need based upon the meal plan through a distribution company. Am thinking about switching to a weekly meal plan because this means that I only need to come up with 7 meals instead of the 28. Also, I don′t do the monthly stock ups as much as I used to because I want to support local.

Here are 2 templates to download that I use for meal planning. The monthly one is actually 28 days and I usually put in any day long events or evening meetings as then I can plan for leftovers or quick and easy meals for those nights.

The weekly one is actually my Weekly To Do template where I use the table portion to put in any appointments, things to do that day, planned meals, etc and then the bottom portion I use for other activities that I would like to work on for the week, including any groceries that I may need to acquire.

Let me know if either of these help you. There are also phone apps if you prefer that route.

Early next month, June 1st and 8th is processing for our first batch of chickens this year, if you havenít put in your pre-order yet we would love to see it. We also have plenty of eggs available.

Looking forward to seeing you in early June when picking up your chickens.


Download Links

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March 7 2019

Despite the white stuff falling and the blanket of white still in Birdsview from last months weather, Spring is coming! Along with the warmer temperatures and new green growth comes goat kids (first ones are due any day), chicks, piglets and eggs. It also means that we are starting to gear up for the production season and are ready to take pre-orders for chicken and pork.

For chicken that tastes like what Grandma used to have, we have some in the freezer from last year for $6/lb, just let us know when it would work for you to stop by or depending on how many you would like we could deliver.

If you want to get your Chickens day of processing fresh or Pastured Pork or Grass Finished Beef please fill out the pre-order form and send it in with your deposit. We can also take deposits via credit/debit over the phone or in person if you prefer. This will put your name on our Pre-ordered list to keep you in the loop as processing dates get closer.

Fresh chickens will be available the first 2 weekends of June and the last 2 weekends of July. On these dates we will be processing in the morning with pick up available in the afternoon here at the farm. If you want to see the processing we just need to know to expect you to have the gate open. will be processed multiple times during the summer months, usually early June, early August and late September. Pork and beef are processed based upon when they are at finishing weight which we try to aim for October but it doesn′t always work out that way.

For eggs from organically fed hens that roam the barnyard, scratching for bugs just give us a call/text at 360-941-1533 or Email to make sure that the ladies are laying an ample supply and we can set some aside for you to pick up at your convenience at the home farm in Sedro Woolley. Eggs are $6/doz, cash or check works great and credit/debit is also an option.

If something doesn′t make sense please just tap here and let me know so that I can clarify.

As always if you have any other questions or want a tour of Akyla Farms just let us know.

Thanks for supporting a local small farm