Midsummer News

“I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.”

~Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

Buzz buttons are back! Acmella oleracea, aka the Spilanthes plant, has traditionally been used around the world as a remedy for toothaches and other mouth disorders. But we just think it’s fun!

We’ve also got carrots, beets, radishes, potatoes,  green garlic, cucumbers, arugula, kale, cabbage,  a variety of herbs, and edible flowers to top your summer salad or dress up your dessert.

WANTED: FALL INTERN!

Part of our mission is to foster education, and we have an opening for an intern who’d like to spend about three months with us, beginning early August.

  • Get to know more about how produce is grown!
  • Gain on the job experience seeding, caring for, and harvesting fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers!
  • Hang out with chickens and enjoy their yummy eggs!
  • Peek behind the scenes into the inner workings of a farm: crop planning, pests and pathogens, infrastructure, and financial matters!

Our comprehensive curriculum, approved by the State of Washington Small Farm Internship Program, offers diverse weekly modules involving 20 hours or so of one-on-one lessons taught by our farmers, lots of fieldwork, and a bit of reading and watching relevant videos. If you or someone you know is interested, please check out our website at dancingseedsfarm.com and send an inquiry to greg@dancingseedsfarm.com.

A NOTE FROM LANCEE, OUR SUMMER INTERN:

If only if only I could stay at Dancing Seeds Farm just a wee bit longer. As my internship slowly approaches its end, I take each day as it comes, enjoying my newfound friends’ company, the epic and scenic views, and the lessons offered by the entire community, and of course, the land. As a suburban-raised kid, I didn’t grow up with the “green thumb.” But over the past couple years I have realized the magnitude of a changing climate; and this sense of urgency to take care of the earth led me to want to start farming.

Farming has humbled me. It has taught, and continues to teach me about self-sufficiency, respect for where my food comes from, and the essential connection we need to this earth. During my time at Dancing Seeds I have had so many interesting lessons including: foraging for salmon berries; that linseed oil is highly flammable; that edible Nasturtium flowers are very spicy; alpaca manure is very nutrient dense; that we must e“rat”icate mice and other pests from the compost pile; learning the laws surrounding farm operations—and much much more.

From jumping into Egg Lake, hiking Mount Grant, flipping compost, making copious amount of kale chips, having transplant parties, “zen”ing out in the zen garden, playing after-hours ping pong in the barn, and huddling around bonfires under full moons, leaving Dancing Seeds will be extremely difficult. On the bright side—and there always is one—I have acquired a new farm family; a group of intelligent, open-minded, and caring individuals. They have graciously shared their time and talents with me—a gift I will treasure. Coming to the island has been quite serendipitous, and I will leave refreshed with a renewed sense of wonder for the world. So thank you John and Gail; Greg and Greg (farmer and runner); Rebecca and Kassi; Zach and Haley; and all the lil’ rascal chickens and bug friends I have made along the way. It has been a summer well spent with you all.

MEET REBECCA!

She’s our resident kayak guide/farmer/greeting card artist. Before coming to Dancing Seeds, she’s been working in experiential outdoor education for most of the last 6 years, doing everything from leading Outward Bound expeditions and teaching at Nature Preschools, to sailing from Boston to the Virgin Islands and developing outdoor science curriculum.

Nowadays, when she’s not running sea kayaking trips around the Islands, she’s trying to get better at running and not hating it, growing her own food, and thinking of more vegetable puns for her budding hand-drawn greeting card business! Be sure to stop by and say hi, and check out her cards at our Farm Store.

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