Have you been eating your flowers? There's a special joy that only comes after popping a beautiful bloom into your mouth and discovering that the flavor is just as exquisite as it's colorful beauty. If you've never tried them, never fear! After last week's love for my squash blossom Instagram post, I decided to induct as many of you as would like to join me to the joys of being a "floravore" with this simple recipe.Read More
It's already feeling like Summer over here in our neck of the woods, but the Spring rains are just finally coming to visit. We've been getting afternoon boomers that make the pups playful and our squash plants happy. The lightning bugs have been spectacular.
Everyone is growing up! Our Spring goat babies are now a rowdy pack of teenagers and our two Livestock Guardian Pups in-training are finally with the herd, working with our established team and learning the ropes. We're so proud!
Speaking of proud, George is a little gardening fiend. His favorite tool is the hoe and he's become pretty efficient at using it to demolish the crabgrass sprouts that are popping their little fingers out of our garden soil every day. He may have also maimed several of our bean plants, but, hey - for only 20 months in this world, I think he's doing pretty well. Every morning we go to water and weed the garden together before breakfast. I treasure this time with him, watching him discover worms and teaching him the names of the plants we're growing. Every day he surprises me with some newly grasped understanding of the world around him and I feel so blown away by what an honor it is to witness a little person coming into their own.
Over the past 2.5 years we've literally worked day in and day out to get our feet on the ground and the farm established. From our very first blog post while we were still city dwellers, we've been on a mission fueled by love and passion for our environment, our community, and each other. It hasn't been easy, but by the end of 2013 James was able to quit his day-job and throughout the summer we started to see a light at the end of the tunnel as more and more customers fell in love with our soaps and the business edged closer to reaching a point of financial sustainability. It's a huge step for us and we're so proud and happy to see Little Seed growing and so thankful for all of your support and encouragement along the way.
All of that hard work has brought us to a critical point this week. A very exciting email came through and we were notified that West Elm selected US to be one of 21 finalists for a $25,000 business grant!
With the proceeds from this grant we could push Little Seed to the next level. We would use the grant to purchase critical new equipment and also bring on a part-time or full-time employee. It would truly be a game-changer for this small farm business of ours. It would also be pretty awesome for not only a small farm, but a goat dairy to win the whole thing! As you know, we love our goats!
The voting takes place at www.westelmlocalgrant.com and if you vote and then share on Facebook your vote will count double.
We'd be so honored if you took a couple minutes to help support us! Please vote and spread the word: #voteforgoats!
Your loyal farmers,
Eileen & James