Beyond The Farm

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Leafhopper Farm has a lot, but not everything. It’s spring, and fishing season has opened. Our little pond on the farm is not stocked, so to fish, you have to leave the farm to cast a lure. The Pacific Northwest has a lot of water, no kidding! But really, so many lakes, rivers, streams, and the ocean. Now personally, I’ve always been a lakes kind of fisherwoman, having grown up in the landlocked state of Oklahoma. I still favor flat water, and luckily, there are plenty of stocked and un-stocked lakes around home to offer great diversity in fishing grounds.

This season I’ve already caught my limit (5) a couple of times in trout over the past few weeks. The best place I like to go is in The Snoqualmie Forest, where I have a recreational pass to 100,000 acres of timber land. There are countless lakes in this area, many named and stocked, others not. The one in the picture above is a special no name lake under the watchful shadow of Mt. Fuller. Here there are wild cutthroat trout. Though they are a little smaller, these delicious babes taste like no other, and I was gifted two on the line for dinner yesterday evening.

The importance in recognizing you can’t grow it all yourself is key. Having access to land that you can harvest wild foods from is imperative for sustainable living. Going into those wilder places and harvesting said food connects you to the land in a stronger way. This same forest where I fish, is also where I hunt. I’ve been scouting and watching a lot of this land, learning its secrets and being rewarded with mushrooms, fish, and deer to eat. I am so thankful for this space, that I can afford the time and money to go there, and that if one day I need to, I can walk into these forests from my own land in Duvall.

It’s a relationship like no other, and I encourage everyone seeking a closer connection to the natural world to look for land near where they live to forage and know. I don’t take more than I need, and that’s always enough. Thanks to all the wild things which flourish for our collective betterment. Thanks to the land and all it gives.

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