Category: business

Blossomwood Farmstead

I’ve been quite busy with property management lately, the reason being…? My family bought a farm!

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It’s a beautiful 42 acre property in Yachats, Or. (That is between Florence and Newport on the coast.) It includes a small 1916 farmhouse, which was one of the original homesteads in the area. In addition, it has a 2004 guest house, barn, cabin, and wood shed. There are 1,400 feet of river frontage, a pond, a bog, 12 acres of pasture, and 30 acres of forest. The land backs onto the Siuslaw National Forest.

It’s about 7 miles in from the ocean and south-facing, so is perfect for gardening. It’s been keeping me busy with quite a number of projects! (More details to come.)

  1. Refinishing the upstairs floors.
  2. Fixing quite a bit of deferred maintenance.
  3. Figuring out all the systems.
  4. Getting to know the land.
  5. Furnishing both houses.
  6. Planting things!

My short-term goal is to set up both houses as Airbnb rentals. (Keep an eye out for when it is ready if you would like to visit!) Long term goals include creating a bee sanctuary and a permaculture garden.

I’ve learned so much already just in the first three months of being a steward to this land. I absolutely love it and feel very grateful! I can’t wait to get to know it better as the seasons progress.

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Know Thy Food co-op and Azure Standard

I attended an event this morning at Know Thy Food (KTF) co-op in SE Portland. I’d never been to the space before; it was small, cute, and welcoming.

You don’t have to be a member of KTF to enjoy shopping in the physical store space, but joining gives you access to their extensive online catalog. You can make orders ahead of time and pick them up once a week at the store. It takes a little more planning, perhaps, but in return you can shop from your own home and just stop by to pick things up that already gathered for you.

I was there today to learn more about Azure Standard, a food distribution company that has monthly drops at the co-op. They heavily focus on organic and health food. I’ve been curious about this sort of shopping for quite a while. Buying food in bulk from suppliers has cost benefits and more directly supports local economy and farmers.

I signed up to join both the KTF co-op and Azure Standard. I’m excited to start on this new adventure!

Example of product listings inside Azure Standard’s huge catalog:

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Village Merchants

Village Merchants might be my very favorite second hand shop in Portland. This is mostly because they have a great balance between coolness factor and price. (Cheaper places have a bunch of junk, but lots of places with cool stuff are too expensive for second hand.) They are at the corner of SE Division and 41st. Here’s their page for more info.

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Logik the Salon

If you’re in SE Portland and looking for a hot new hairdo, check out Logik the Salon. My friend and stylist Kim Wright is the owner/operator. It’s worth stopping in just to see what color her hair is!

She does a great job with cut and color. I went in the first time with a yellowish bleach job that I had paid way too much for elsewhere. She was able to fix it and hit a gorgeous platinum blonde color for me. Awesome. She’s also not afraid to try something unexpected or new. And, in addition to Kim, there are other talented hair stylists in her salon too.

One of my favorite things is that I can make appointments over a Facebook chat! So easy. Visit Logik’s site.

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