to Bone Dry Ridge Farm
We are a small 40-acre farm located in the beautiful
Independence Valley just 35 minutes south of Olympia, Washington.
This farm is run by Selma Bjarnadottir with
help from her husband Markthor MacFarlane until he passed away
in the spring of 2015. Now she runs it by herself.
We are “the little bit of everything farm.” We raise Scottish Highland
Cattle, Icelandic Sheep, Pigs, Chickens and Bees. We get
meat from the cattle, pigs, sheep and chickens as well as wool and
skins from the sheep, honey from the bees, and of course, eggs from the
moved to this farm in 2000. We started out with two cows,
three sheep and three chickens. In 2010 we still only have
our two mama cows but have expanded to eighteen ewes and
20 laying hens. In the summer we expand to six cattle, 30
to 40 sheep, 50 chickens and six pigs. Still considered a
small operation, but it keeps Selma busy all
year long. We are still expanding. The flock of
sheep gets bigger every year to keep up with customer demand.
We have decided not to expand our small heard of cattle since
the sheep are so much lighter on our land where clay soil is
predominant. Sheep are also very well suited to a small
farming operation. We have gotten such a good response to our pork we are
now raising six pigs a year.
On our farm each animal has a
place in the interwoven fabric of a farm.
The sheep eat all the weeds and grasses the cows were not interested
in. The pigs dig out the barn where the sheep spend the winter, the
chickens eat the grain the pigs spill, and the bees add sweetness to the
whole thing. The animals also give us manure that gets spread on
the fields as fertilizer.
We practice rotational grazing, which means the cows and the sheep get
moved to a clean pasture every few days. This not only helps keep
the animals healthy by reducing parasites but also makes for
healthier pastures. When you have healthy pastures you have
healthy animals. In addition to good grass we provide our animals with salt
and minerals, something they are not able to receive from our Western
Washington pastures. Our goal is to have happy healthy animals. Animals that
are content are easy to take care of. Their purpose, after
all, is to provide healthy meat for many.
sell beef, lamb, pork, eggs, and honey at this time. We
have an e-mail list that our customers have requested to be on.
Every Spring we send them our newsletter and brochures that
explain what is for sale that year. It is on a "first come, first
served" basis to sign up for an order of beef, lamb or pork.
We give our existing customers two week lead before we send out
the brochures on the general e-mail list. Usually within
just a few weeks all the meat has been pre-ordered.
Eggs and honey are sold at the farm. We usually
slaughter the beef cattle in mid-summer, pigs in late summer and
the lambs in early fall. The meat is custom cut at a local
butcher shop where our customers pick it up.
If you are interested in purchasing meat, wool, honey or eggs please contact us at
for availability and/or to be added to the mailing list.
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