• July 2010

    Today on the Oyster Farm

    July 28, 2010

    It was a gorgeous sunny and clear day, not too hot, and the tide was low at 1 pm. The Brothers. Looking south down the canal. Judith, Sarah, Raquel, and Dave spent the day breaking apart bags of last year’s cultch  and piling it on the barge. Later this week we’ll move the cultch to […]


    Log Jam Assembly

    July 22, 2010

    River project, the wide view. Ron Gold Forestry is assembling the log jam, and they are working super fast in order to complete the project before the salmon start running in mid-August. This morning they piled all the ecology blocks into the river. In the photo below you can see where the river is eroding […]


    Yesterday work began in earnest on the creation of an artificial log jam in the Hama Hama River. The log jam, a project of the Hood Canal Salmon Enhancement Group, is designed to protect a salt water marsh from erosion. In the first phase of the project, an excavator created a giant berm that will […]


    They know our weak spot.

    July 19, 2010

    It really pays to do business with girl scouts. We love cookies. Last week a group of girls from Camp Robbinswold came down to tour the oyster farm and exclaim over the geoduck. This week we received the thank you card and box of Samoa cookies. Robbinswold is a beautiful, 400+ acre camp north of […]


    Oyster update, July 2010

    July 14, 2010

    Well, it’s that time of year again. Summertime. And the oysters are doing what they do: getting spawny. And you can no longer eat them raw because of naturally-occurring salt water bacteria. We’ve all been here before. If you look really closely at the oyster in the foreground you’ll see vein-like patterns in the belly […]


    bad news blues

    July 13, 2010

    There was a depressing story in today’s Seattle Times about ocean acidification and the future of Hood Canal’s oyster industry.  Dr. Richard Feely put it all in perspective: The pH levels we saw there [Hood Canal] were far lower than anything we’ve seen in the open ocean. And low pH levels are very bad for […]


    unscenic sign

    July 12, 2010

    Last week we received a certified letter from the Highway Department telling us that our tree cookie sign is illegal. Even though it’s located on the same property as our store, it’s too far from the store to satisfy the scenic byway highway requirements. To that we said boo. But after brainstorming several creative responses […]


    According to the Kitsap Sun this might be a tough year for Hood Canal sea creatures. Every winter and spring a salt water intrusion flushes the canal with oxygen-rich sea water, but this year the intrusion was very weak. Now oxygen levels below 150 feet are at their lowest recorded levels since record keeping began […]

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    DIY Barbecue

    July 6, 2010

    Today was a gorgeous day on the oyster farm: hot with the perfect hint of north breeze. It’s a welcome change after the gray, rainy and cold weather we’ve had the past couple of weeks. Just in time for the good weather: our  barbecue/picnic area is now up and running. Hmm… who will be the […]