Category Archives: Ranch Development

The Miracle of Muck Alley #Permaculture #Tilth

Permaculture principles point out the necessity of capitalizing on one’s resources within the ecology of their own farm or homestead.  This means maximizing the use of all waste streams that come from running a livestock operation.  Of course, it is … Continue reading

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Barley Fodder Grow Trays… 2020 update: no longer manufactured. New trays under trials…

2020 UPDATE: THE MANUFACTURER NO LONGER MAKES THESE TRAYS. AN EQUIVALENT TRAY IS ON THE MARKET. WE ARE CONDUCTING TRIALS BEFORE ENDORSING. One of our many mantras we live by at Paca Pride Guest Ranch is that our definition of … Continue reading

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Barley Fodder Videos! Including our Fodder Room Walkthrough, (and bonus cute stuff too!)

Our earlier trials of the flood and drain trays The most important part of our “Proof of Concept” Phase! A nice long look at them several months into the morning fodder feeding ritual. A look at our Barley Fodder Room … Continue reading

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Dirt! Of Sand, Ag Lime, and Diatomaceous Earth (and adding dirt to fodder mats!)

Alpacas are native to the Altiplano region of South America.  That’s a high desert region with sparse vegetation. In fact they are most adapted to such conditions.  So, when we were planning our homestead permaculture to incorporate them as our … Continue reading

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Barley Fodder: From Trials to Production

We have some really happy alpacas and llamas at Paca Pride Guest Ranch with the ramping up of our production system for growing barley fodder mats for their winter diet. Even the chickens are enjoying pecking around for the rogue … Continue reading

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Barley Fodder Sprouting Trials continued: New Flood and Drain Tray System Installed

To get a bit of background behind this project, read our previous blog entry entitled “From Seed to Feed”. In our Phase One Trials, we were performing a “proof of concept” with using barley grain seed and seedling propagation trays … Continue reading

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From Seed to Feed in 8 days: Barley Fodder Sprouting Trials

This Spring we are exploring an alternative to how we are feeding our herd (and chickens too!) The idea comes from the notion of fresh sprouts as a “superfood”;  if eating sprouts are super healthy for humans, then wouldn’t that … Continue reading

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Tilth on a Gravel Pit

Its January, the middle of winter in the Pacific Northwest, and most people are not thinking about their garden or the task of gardening. But out here, in the mountains, our homestead is performing very important garden related activities that … Continue reading

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Evening Magazine visits the Mountain Loop Hwy and Paca Pride

Discovering the Mountain Loop Hwy on Evening Magazine Paca Pride Guest Ranch makes an appearance on TV! http://www.king5.com/on-tv/evening-magazine/Discovering-Washington-on-the-Mountain-Loop-Highwat-133699373.html

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‘05-‘11: A New Business Springs to life! See our Retrospective!

In 2005, 17 acres of previously logged property was purchased along the Mountain Loop Hwy outside of Granite Falls, WA to start a guest ranch.  Featuring yurts, campsites, a guest room, and a Roundhouse Yurt, Paca Pride Guest Ranch brings … Continue reading

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Chicken Tractor…pasture renovation and bug control

As part of our ever evolving homestead “system”, we try to approach things in tune with nature’s cycles and that includes how we care for our pastures and create tilth.  Tilth is essentially a healthy soil eco-system that enjoys the … Continue reading

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Paca Pride Progressing … the fight to stay alive!

The downturned economy means everyone is tightening their belts these days and Paca Pride is no exception.  It takes a lot to launch a small business in the world and turn it into something successful.  For many, that business could … Continue reading

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Paca Pride Guest Ranch becomes the Headquarters for the Mountain Loop Tourism Bureau

“You Are Here” How often have you come upon a map and the first thing you reference is that famous little tagline that let’s you determine the course of your upcoming adventure? That sense of grounding, of showing your location … Continue reading

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A Bit of Snow, Holiday Cheer, and Looking Forward

This was the scene here at Paca Pride Guest Ranch  during the last week of the year. We haven’t seen any snow through most of December, only Thanksgiving weekend had the impressive six inches,  so it’s nice to see it … Continue reading

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Now entering the Marketing Phase!

Market! Market! Market!  For all our fans follow us these past few years; watching our guest ranch project evolve and take on a life of its own, you know we’ve been waiting for the moment where we can say our … Continue reading

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April outside…Dancing with the Weather

This time of year the weather is always all over the map out here in the Central Cascades.  Storm systems from the Pacific make their way east and can converge in very interesting ways in the valleys that head east … Continue reading

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Paca Pride Receives Press!

It would be easy to say we are all excited here at Paca Pride because of the press we received in the April newsletter for our local Snohomish Conservation District. However, what excites us more is the cultivation of a … Continue reading

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Paca Pride gets Deck Platforms (Tents and future Yurts)

With the green light from the county, and the help of Spring-like weather, we are quickly finding momentum building the deck platforms for tents and future yurts.  This is where we roll up our sleeves and work out those muscles … Continue reading

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Paca Pride gets Paving!

One of the main conditions we have to meet as a criteria from the county regarding our rezone and conditional use permit is paving our front apron of the road.  This allows it to be a commercially viable connection to … Continue reading

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Paca Pride Progresses in 2010!

For those of you who have been following our adventure these past few years to build a guest ranch out in the mountains, you know of the trials and travails we were presented with these past two years as we … Continue reading

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Chicken Run 2009

Well with all this nice June weather we’ve been having, and the chicken coop and chicken tractor sitting there waiting to be put into operation, we decided to turn our attention to finding Paca Pride a Paca Flock.  If you … Continue reading

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This year’s shearing events: Volunteers needed

With our business partner, Tim, recovering from his final chemo treatment and battle with cancer, we find ourselves a bit shorthanded with this year’s shearing festivities.  But, that only gives us a reason to through a party!  Tim will be … Continue reading

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The Season Opens…but officially we aren’t :(

Ah, the trials and tribulations of starting a small business in America these days.  It is virtually an impossibility.  On the one hand we hear how small business is the backbone of our economy, so you would think that there … Continue reading

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Enter Year Two of the Garden

It was the first truly warm day of the year.  73 degrees outside, clear skies, sun shining, warming up the mountains for Springtime.  This will be the second growing season for the main garden beds which have been covered to … Continue reading

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Sneaking a bit of Spring back in :)

It’s already been an eventful March here at the ranch.  We were happy to play host to our neighbors up the road from the gay campground.  Their Board of Directors came out to the ranch to have their first meeting … Continue reading

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Paca Pride Receives Award from Conservation District

At the Snohomish Conservation District annual Open House event, Paca Pride Guest Ranch was honored in the Commercial Farm area for their 2008 Cooperator of the Year Award.  This award is presented in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in resource conservation.  … Continue reading

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Summer bids adieu and Fall blusters in

Before the ground turns soft from the rainy days as we go into our wet season, I thought I’d sink those Log posts in the ground for the future lean-to in the lower pasture area.  Now I’ll wait for a … Continue reading

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Summer at the ranch

  Ah, the ranch life!  Summer here is so much more enjoyable when you have the chance to work with nature.  We’ve been tending our new garden and harvesting some wonderful things! Lots of onions for the picking, plus string … Continue reading

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The Rush that Summer brings!

A lot can happen in a short period of time.  Just looking back mere weeks ago, I could not fully imagine how smoothly ranch developments are progressing.  There are numerous balls in the air right now and yet, we are … Continue reading

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Oh Deer! He’s wearing Velvet!

Our July here at the ranch is filled with sunshine; dare I say too much? My tan from all the outdoor projects is really deep.  As with all our sunny days, we feel a bit of Northwest guilt if we … Continue reading

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