Saturday we headed to Vashon Island. Remarkably, I'd never been to this island in almost eight years of living in Seattle. It's just a 20 minute ferry ride from West Seattle. Saturday marked the Puget Sound Fresh Harvest Celebration. Farms all over the region joined to celebrate fresh, local produce, products, livestock, crafts, and sustainable practices. Checking out the map before we left the house we decided to avoid the I-5 corridor and the many, many miles we would travel to the about 6 farms. Instead, we drove only to West Seattle, hopped a ferry and then covered only a small part of Vashon Island and saw the same number of places. Vashon is only 12 miles long and a bout 8 miles wide and we covered only one area of this.
At Blue Dog Farm we saw dog training in action. Blue Dog Farm employs a grassland-farming approach to livestock husbandry. The farm has pastures for a flock of Barbados Blackbelly sheep that are used to train working sheep dogs.