Life of A Pine Cone


Quillisascut Drive is lined with Ponderosa Pines who gift us with beauty in every season. Here is an up close look at the life of pine cones as they slowly dissolve back into soil to feed the next generation of plant life along the gravel lane to our farm.


Pie Plant
Rhubarb Collage

For those of us in the cold north, rhubarb is a spring staple. It is one of the first items to come up when the snow has gone and the stems of this mixed up vegetable make delicious pie or sauce.

This year I have been having fun documenting the emerging rhubarb leaves with my camera. Some of them look like aliens, others like creepy hands pressing upward from the soil. (Earthy Zombie birth?)

So many incredible views, so little time.

Cultivating Success™ At Quillisascut Farm

Introduction to Small Acreage Sustainable Farming
April 30 to May 4, 2014 at Quillisascut Cheese Company


Interested in getting your hands in the earth and your feet on the ground? Learn from experienced value-added producers through a hands-on, multidisciplinary, immersion course in small scale sustainable farming!

This course offers a unique opportunity to spend time at Quillisascut, a picturesque goat dairy located 85 miles northwest of Spokane and 45 miles south of the Canadian border. Lora Lea and Rick Misterly, operators of Quillisascut, have been milking their goats and producing their artisan cheese on 36 acres since 1987.

This fun, informative, and inspiring course will give you actual hands-on farm experience while you gain awareness of the skills necessary for successful farming.

Gain experience in:
– gardening
– composting
– building a raised bed
– transplanting garden starts
You’ll also learn about small livestock care, how to milk goats, how to make four types of cheese, and more.

Leave with the skills to assess your farm goals, personal strengths, soils and site, and product marketing models.

Tuition is $895 includes food, lodging, course materials, and farm tours (transportation to and from the course not included). Early Bird Discount $795 sign up by April 1

For more information or to sign up for this course, visit

Or contact Hannah Cavendish-Palmer, WA Program Coordinator at

For more information about Cultivating Success™, visit the website at

This program is supported by the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA, Grant #2012-49400-19575. To find more resources and programs for beginning farmers and ranchers please visit