Friday, January 31, 2014


Big party on the penthouse of the new 4 Seasons VR used pallet Goatel we are constructing. #dairygoats #onemanstrash #ranchlife


Rainbow of eggs..
from L to R-a quarter, bantam turken, small chicken, chicken, duck, goose 

Thursday, January 30, 2014


Our new prototype hats have arrived! They are good quality baseball caps with a buckle adjustment, a small embroidered goat on the back and our ranch brand and tagline on the front (epic beard not included). What do ya'll think? #trendsetters #branding #getyourssoon

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Monday, January 27, 2014


Sorry to all you Polar Vortexers but it's been in the mid-70s here and our blueberries are well on their way. #blossoms #earlyspring #ranchlife

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Score again!

Score! Our neighbor was culling her 10yo Kiowa BlackBerry bushes and offered them up to us for free. These things grow shotglass size berries by the hundreds and there are about 50 plants. This load is not even half of them! #blackberries #backyardorchard

Saturday, January 25, 2014


Anna apple blossoms in January. Good thing we got all those chill hours in November and December. #backyardorchard #earlyspring #chillhours

Friday, January 24, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

ranch lunch

one of my favorite things about having guests up to the the meal planning.  yes, it is fun to show off the animals and listen to mike's animal husbandry tidbits--but sitting under the oaks, enjoying a nice meal and cold glass of wine makes for a great afternoon.

today we had guests up for lunch, a visit, and a long walk along the trails of the back 40.  our weather has been warm, and winter gardens are still offering up a nice vatriety of fresh vegetables....which made it easy to put this "salad' salad together.

this was our lunch...if any part looks interesting to you...and you are curious how i made it...just comment or send us a message and i will give you the deets!

happy eating

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The girls

Hangin' with the gals. It's easy to see how people get attached to pigs, they are quite personable. #mangalitsa #gourmetpork

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014


Here is our new 6th generation mini-nubian buck all the way from Oregon, Klyde. We think he will be in big demand here on the central coast. #herdbuck #dairygoats #ranchlife

Piggin out

Piggin' out with our new Hungarian Mangalitsa gilts, Eva and Zsa Zsa, the "Gaboar" sisters. #lardpigs #ranchlife

Saturday, January 18, 2014


We stopped to see our pigs on the way to Portland yesterday. This is our boar's momma. We may have to rethink our fencing! When she came up to the fence and opened that big maw I am certain she could swallow a volleyball whole. #mangalitsa #ranchlife #woolypigs

Thursday, January 16, 2014


The new breeder aviary is complete and stocked. Hens are able to store sperm so we need to keep our breeders away from the other roosters for 3 weeks to make sure our eggs are fertilized by the right guy. Then, we can start collecting the eggs to incubate and hatch. Here Coppy our black copper maran rooster fends off Lester the jersey giant via an intimidating display. We have black copper, olive egger and easter egger hens in with him so we hope to hatch chicks that will offer up dark chocolate, dark olive and regular olive colored eggs from this bunch. #farmgenetics #ranchlife #backyardchickens

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Someone has become completely obsessed with playing catch and freezes in this position every time I have anything in my hand. #bordercollies #highenergy #ranchlife

Monday, January 13, 2014


Little Donner is a week and a half old and growing like a weed. #stcroixsheep #ranchlife #lambingseason

Sunday, January 12, 2014


Sorry, but the sign did say no solicitors...

early winter jack-o-lantern

i was keeping a few pumpkins in the greenhouse.  as long as they stayed firm, i was hanging on to them...for late season pie making.  the other day, i used two of them as a door stop for the greenhouse door.
unfortunately, the chickens saw it as an opportunity to do some pumpkin carving.  by the time i noticed what was happening, this was what they designed
those chickens have quite a sense of humor!

Our trademarked slogan is finally official!

After over a year of submissions and paperwork, we finally got our registered trademarked slogan! Can't believe it wasn't taken but it's all our's now. Hats will be for sale soon. Who wants one?— with Christy Larsen and Mike Larsen at Vicarious Ranch.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014


Our new security force here at the ranch. Some are more dedicated to the job than others. #Anatolians #GreatPyrenees #livestockguardiandogs #classclown

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Meet Cotton!

Meet the new help! Bertha (we are gonna call her Cotton) is the newest member of our family. A friend of ours is downsizing and this friendly little 1yo 100lb pure Great Pyrenees lost her flock. We will put her on duty with Rizzo for a few weeks to learn the ropes and then figure out where she fits in best. Ruckus has already taken quite a shine to her. #livestockguardiandogs #puppylove

Comes a courtin

Sherlock enjoys courting the bright yellow truck. #peacocks #loveisintheair

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Getting close

With Eunice's udder filling out the last few days, we decided it was time to move the sheep to the nursery. #lambingseason #stcroixsheep #ranchlife

Friday, January 3, 2014

Bird's Eye View

We got the GoPro mounted on the Phantom and took a few pictures today. Here is one of the orchard and ranch.#aerialphotography #djiphantom #quadcopter — at Vicarious Ranch.