August 26, 2006


It can be hard to leave the farm when there's always so many changes in the landscape to take in throughout the seasons, but until our land is paid off, travels for work will be a regular occurrence for me.

Sometimes, those travels can be pretty nice. This past week I spent a few days in the South Fork of the John Day River, staying with Phil and Kristy St. Clair on their Ranch in the 'town' of Izee, OR. It's a spectacular location, and Phil and Kristy are working hard to make their ranch a sustainable, fish-friendly operation (pdf warning). Phil has installed miles of riparian fencing, planted lots of trees, and worked hard to enhance the health of the South Fork.

We were monitoring the effects of restoration and weed control practices on upland vegetation and the riparian area...any excuse to tromp around in some of eastern Oregon's lovely countryside. Here's some shots of it....

And this little critter was waiting on the road to send me off on my way...

Posted by rich at August 26, 2006 02:50 PM

can't wait to see photos of the bee suit ... : )

speaking of which, the honey ROCKS. we're now calling mossback the 'land of eggs and honey.' start milking your animals and we can change that to 'milk and honey.' pretty lush sounding!!!!!!!

Posted by: Katie (Oakhill Organics) at September 2, 2006 03:38 PM

Hi Val and Rich - Wow, what a great place! You guys are awesome!

Posted by: Christie Danner at September 11, 2006 02:16 PM