All posts by Ashley Namliv Hirsh

kundalini yogi, garden lover, gratitude attitude, fond of hats.

Whey Easy Bread Class (And Recipe!)

by Farm Member, Ashley Hirsh

Recently, a few farm members had the pleasure of experiencing a bread making class with Leslie at Maagic Mountain Farm. At the beginning of class Leslie assured us we were up to the task because she doesn’t “do anything that isn’t easy!” But since she runs a five acre organic goat farm, I thought perhaps our opinions of what is “easy” might not be the same… however I was shocked to discover how WHEY EASY Leslie’s bread making really is!

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Leslie had a variety of tools available for our reference, some were optional or “nice to have” like the baguette baking pan that was found at a garage sale.

We went through the process of making the bread dough as Leslie shared her experience of forgetting to do this or that step and assured us, “You can totally mess up and it still works.” As long as you get the ingredients in and give the dough some time to rise, it seems like you can’t go wrong.

Leslie prepared a pesto stuffed baguette and cinnamon rolls, recipes she developed through experimentation, she says, “You can’t be afraid of failing if you’re going to do crazy things!”

After filling our brains with knowledge we were ready to fill our bellies! We tore into hot pesto bread, a beautiful baguette, gooey cinnamon rolls, a scrumptious variety of goat cheeses, and a garden fresh kale salad.

Everyone left with a portion of raw dough to practice our bread making skills as soon as we got home. Needless to say, my family was thrilled with the results! I am so excited to make Leslie’s Whey Easy Bread a part of my weekly routine!

“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight.” – M.F.K. Fischer

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Maagical Solstice: A Member’s Experience

By farm family member, Ashley Hirsh

ash with goat.jpgI grew up in a conventional American household in Las Vegas, Nevada. The nutrition of my youth was S.A.D. (Standard American Diet.) Meals came out of boxes or cans and our idea of a refreshing beverage was an ice cold Pepsi. When I left home and began my journey across the country and back again I learned a lot about healthy lifestyle. I longed to live in a community that valued slow food and connection to the Earth. When I arrived in Mount Shasta, I knew I had found such a place and celebrating the Summer Solstice at Maagic Mountain Farm on June 21st felt like part of a dream come true.


My family enjoyed our three minute walk to Maagic Mountain Farm and arrived at 8:30am to find an already festive gathering. Friends and neighbors chatted around bistro tables graced by bright calendula bouquets. The spread of farm fresh victuals was astonishing! Hard boiled chicken and duck eggs, fresh baked bread, homemade goat cheese, butter, and yogurt, sun ripened cherries, sticky sweet preserves, crumbly buttered scones… AND LATTES… made by goats… with help from Leslie.


I stood transfixed, coffee cup in hand, waiting for the “melted ice cream goat” to take the milking stand. Once in position, I handed over my mug and in a few squeezes had a foamy, creamy, and delicious latte straight from the udder, quite a marvel for this city born girl with a country heart! I savored my beverage while my two year old enthusiastically accepted the responsibility of goat brushing. If you are a parent, you know what a miracle it is to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and have your child otherwise occupied…


I can’t explain how grateful I am for the blessing of this farm and the joy we feel participating in it. Knowing there are people like the Ellorin Family working in an open-hearted, labor of love, community centered way makes the future feel brighter than many would have us believe. In the moments when I get caught up in what is going on “out there” it helps to remember the people doing good work right here in our neighborhood. No matter what we are going through, good people doing good work persist and there is always Maagic just around the corner.