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This Barn has a Secret!

  Inside this barn, there is a 12’x12’ room in a loft. A room about the size of a bedroom, really, but with 30 beds, grow beds! It’s a food production room, the likes of which, you will not see … 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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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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Paca Pride Gets “Shear” Press Coverage!

The alpacas are all excited with the recent media coverage they received during shearing.  The hoards of crowds, and even a tour bus or two that arrived for viewing, enjoyed the pastoral scene with the vista views and the action … 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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2012 Shearing Dates Announced!

We will be shearing our herd of alpacas over the course of 2 days this year starting Saturday, June 30th and Sunday July 1st. The general start time will be 10am and usually proceeds until around 5pm or until the … 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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Highlights of a Summer Yurt Camper

Ah, once again we find ourselves at the end of another summer here at Paca Pride Guest Ranch. Where has the time gone?  The dog days of summer seem to have come to us late in the season, yet already … Continue reading

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Chicken Tractor Progresses!

In our last post we discussed the role that a chicken tractor has within our homestead system.  Now, we are at 1 month in to the current chicken run and you can begin to get a sense of just how … 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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Return of the Robins! It must be Spring, hibernating hikers are eager too!

The tide of snow seems to be receding up the valley towards where it will perch upon the peaks of the mountain tops as the last defense upon an encroaching Spring feel in the air.  Spring in the mountains is … 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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Winter Scenes from Seasons Past…Happy Holidays from Paca Pride Guest Ranch!

And, of course, who can forget this winter scene!

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Celebrating the Winter Solstice

Tonight at Paca Pride Guest Ranch the confluence of cooperative weather fronts brings us a great opportunity to usher in the return to longer days along with a fostering of festive winter spirits! We’ll be lighting a Winter Solstice bonfire … Continue reading

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Fall to Winter Transitions in the Cascades

While the East Coast typically enjoys the Fall change of colors, touting the many shades of red, yellow, and orange that dot the countryside, leading up to the stark browns of winter, those of us who live west of the … Continue reading

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The Ebb and Flow of the Shoulder Season

  Around the barnyard here at Paca Pride Guest Ranch, the herd is starting to settle into the winter routine already.  They’ve started into the winter hay and are out foraging on pasture less and less as the grasses slow … Continue reading

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