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Got My Spot

Got My Spot

I can barely contain my excitement—I was able to register for this event yesterday!

I have been trying to get to this conference for several years. The keynote speaker is always someone well known in the small farming industry (Curtis Stone, Joel Salatin, etc.) and the conference is popular and sells out within a short time. I really wanted to go last year but had a conflict with a denominational board meeting. As soon as I got the e-mail, I hurried over to the website and signed up. Even though a lot of the workshops were already sold out, I was able to get into ones covering topics of interest to me. I was also able to get a spot for the keynote address and a second workshop being taught by Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastopol, CA. I’m familiar with them because they often appear as guests on the Peak Prosperity podcast.

I am signed up for the following (over two days):

  • Small Scale, Intensive, Regenerative Farming to Feed Our Community (Keynote)

  • Starting a Farm, No Till, Soil Management and Planning

  • Mushroom Propagation

  • Solutions for Living a more Plastic-Free, Waste-Free Life

  • Lavender Shortbread Cookies

  • Singing Frogs Farm: Ecological Practices and Benefits

  • Organic Pest Management

  • Aquaponics

  • Make & Take: Herbal Infused Skin Care Rituals

The cost for all the workshops? $95. What a screaming deal. This event is sponsored by the Spokane Conservation District.

I was feeling a bit bad because I am registered for a couple of different workshops this fall and didn’t want to leave the husband here high and dry, but he said that if I wanted to go, I should.

In that vein, please read this excellent piece on I promise it will be worth it.


I made and attached binding to two tied comforters yesterday afternoon, which scratched the sewing itch and also provided me with some handwork in the evening now that fall is here. We’ll be watching more car repair videos on YouTube, no doubt.

DD#2 and her friend bought these for me; they found them in a convenience/gift store on their trip here from Seattle:


It’s getting cool enough now to wear socks again. I think I am going to have to retire my Vibram toe shoes or relegate them to gardening wear. They have holes in them near the toes. I’d buy myself some new ones except that Vibram discontinued that style and hasn’t replaced it with anything similar. Their current offerings are for outdoor sports—and those are too heavy—or for yoga—and those are too flimsy. The ones I have are just perfect for running around town in.

We are supposed to have a break in the rain today. The husband is going up to the Spotted Bear ranger station—up in the mountains past the Hungry Horse reservoir—to cut some concrete. I’ll be out in the garden pulling up the zucchini plants, which is always oddly satisfying.

Ugly Tomato Contest

Ugly Tomato Contest

There Will Be Sewing

There Will Be Sewing