Over the years, Bob Pederson would occasionally park on Old Mill Road and gaze across his grandparent’s old farmyard. What he saw was a once-tidy homestead sliding into decay. “It kind of made you sick,” the 88-year-old said. The view Sunday made him feel much better. The new owners of Pederson property, now Heyday Farm, invited the public to celebrate a year of unbridled progress at the south island acreage with a Father’s Day Barn Amble.
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Predators beware, there are new guards on patrol and if they don’t deter you with their bark or their bite, they will certainly slay you with their cuteness. Rainier and Olympus are 4-month-old Maremma sheepdog puppies and are the newest additions to the Heyday Farm on McDonald Avenue. The breed has been used by Italian farmers for centuries to guard livestock from predators. Alice and Craig Skipton of the Heyday Farm got the puppies to help maintain order around their chickens.
There are a lot of choices you can make to support a green economy and local food, but those choices aren’t necessarily cheap. Local chef and writer Greg Atkinson built his career advocating seasonable, sustainable cooking. Yet, as he prepares to open his own restaurant for the first time, he frets about paying $25 for a farm–fresh chicken.
Recently, though, he spent a week at the Quillisascut teaching farm in Rice, Washington. While he was there, the environmentally conscious approach to animal raising reminded him why it’s worth the cost. And, he found a new way to approach his cooking to accommodate his budget and ethics.
Thursday, 14 July 2011 13:22
Oh, the changes Horace’s tree has seen.
Seventy-odd years ago it would have watched as Horace and Nellie Winney built a house and barns beneath its shadow as they created Winney Farm. Now it will oversee another young couple’s efforts to bring the land back to life, reincarnated as Heyday Farm.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Steve Romein wanders wide-eyed through a dark, cobwebbed barn while hail pounds its rusted roof.
He points out the feed troughs, the milking stalls and marvels at the old wiring and bark-covered beams. He breathes in deep, catching a barely discernible whiff of manure and hay.
“It reminds me of home,” he says.
Bainbridge Island Review Editor
Mar 04 2011
Moving a house is never as easy as a house mover makes it appear, but there are exceptions.
There were a few scary moments Thursday for architect Steve Romein and others involved in the uprooting of a century-old house from the New Sweden area to its new home.
An old boat and barn are some of the remnants left on the historic Otto Peterson farm property now undergoing redevelopment on Bainbridge Island’s south end. Rather than subdivide or build new houses, the new owner, Steve Romein, plans to restore the farm and lease it out at a low rate to young farmers. He also plans to build a public trail and restore a 114-year-old farm house so the farmers can live where they work.