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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Gentle Yoga on the Farm

When life feels too big to handle, go outside.

Everything looks smaller when you’re standing under the sky.

L.R. Knost

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Deborah Franzini leads this gentle Yoga class tuning us into our inner world in the presence of all the natural sights, sounds, smells and vibrations of the outside world on the farm.  Rain, shine, and in ever-changing light, we stretch, we breath, we ground ourselves.  The class is adaptive, gentle and at the sametime very deep making it effective for all levels.

Take time for yourself to slow down, stretch, breathe, and practice presence in the moment.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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Girl Scouts Name Clover

The Girl Scouts came out and we had a great time playing on the farm.  The girls toured everything from the compost to the beehives to the milkstall.The girls tried hand milking and held baby goats.

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They enjoyed spending time in the field brushing them and playing.  They asked many questions and had a great time checking everything out.  After a good handwashing, we tasted many of the farm food produced by the animals.

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At the end of their visit, they came to me with a suggestion…

“We think you should name this baby goat Clover.”  They continued to explain back to me what they had learned, “Her mom is Daisy, her aunt is Sweet Pea, Grandma is Buttercup…We think her name should be Clover!”

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And so it is…Daisy’s doeling is named Clover!

Golden Eagle Charter School Visits

Golden Eagle Charter School came out a couple times this year offering grades K-5th an opportunity to learn how family scale food production is done.  They learned how all the animals have their jobs on the farm:

Goats – Landscapes, weed eradicators, providers of meat and milk and lots of fun

Chickens – Compost turners, waste and bug eaters, egg and meat providers

Ducks – Waterway cleaners, bug eaters, and egg providers

Dogs – Farm security and doorbell service

Cat – Rodent control and feed protection patrol

Bees – Pollinators and honey producers

Microbes and other unseen creatures – Work their magic to turn waste to black gold

Humans – Pay the bills, feed and water where necessary, and keep everyone happy

Everyone feeds each other here…One creature’s waste is another’s food and we just keep feeding each other!

“Milking is fun!”