Hello, farm friends! Christina and I both are grateful for and humbled by the support you have offered us thus far. It has made a huge positive impact on our lives. Since the fire, largely thanks to you, we've been able to get back to the farmers' market with almost our entire slate of farm goodies. Here are some specific things that it has enabled:
- New Carhartt gear to replace what was lost in the fire--when it arrives, it will make working in the soggy PNW winter MUCH more comfortable. We often go through 3 or 4 changes of gear on a rainy day, and the good stuff makes a big difference;
- New pressure cookers so that we can make bone broth for the farmers' market (see photo of the magical turkey broth we were able to make for Thanksgiving week!);
- Buy a label maker and labels required for us to sell broth;
- Pay for a rush order from our butcher to get bacon back in our freezers;
- Replace many of the little things that keeps a farm running (thousands of zip-ties, dozens of gloves, scores of batteries, headlamps, screwdrivers, etc.);
- Replace our fence tester (your electric fences can only be as good as your fence tester!);
- Get a nice new (to us) upright freezer to store all the farm goodies;
- Borrow a nice generator that is powering our freezers while we wait for power to get hooked back up;
- Replace our burned-up hose bib and helped set up a temporary power pole to get connected back to grid power;
- Receive many more acts of kindness!
Thank you for your contributions! It has made our lives much more manageable and enjoyable during this time of transition.
Love and gratitude from,
Tony, Christina, the corgis, and all the rest of the critters from Gray Sky Farm
On Friday, November 3rd, at around 10pm, the house at Gray Sky Farm near Seattle, Washington, that Christina Hahs and Tony Flint live in caught fire and burned.
All humans, pets, and critters on the farm are safe and accounted for. Christina's two corgis alerted them to the fire about five minutes before any of the smoke alarms started going off. Thanks to the dogs, they had time to save some laptops, wallets, phones, bikes, and the clothes they were wearing...
...Most everything else is gone.
Gray Sky Farm is a nine-acre farm located in Maple Valley, WA—30 minutes from Downtown Seattle, run by Ekone friends Tony Flint and Christina Hahs. They raise the finest pastured poultry, lamb, and pigs in a way that respects the animals and the earth. Their animals eat better than most humans, enjoying tons (literally!) of organic vegetables from local vegan restaurants and grocery stores, whey from a local cheesemaker, and barley from a local brewery.
They feed no corn/soy/GMOs to their animals. They sell eggs, bacon, sausage, lamb, chicken/pork bone broth, and pork-skin dog treats at Seattle area farmers’ markets. They run on-farm slaughter/butchery/charcuterie classes for pigs and poultry, sharing how to respectfully go from a live animal to nourishing, delicious food that honors their sacrifice.
Here is an estimate of their losses:
$350 for two chest freezers destroyed in the fire
$3550 in product lost in the freezers ($1150 of lamb, $200 of bone broth, $300 of dog treats, $1900 in pork bacon, sausage, and other meat cuts)
$2000 lost income from two cancelled on-farm slaughter classes and cancelled farmers’ markets
$500 in farmers’ market equipment (table, canopy, propane stove for demos, six coolers)
$100 in damage to trailer (melted tire and lights)
$120 of packaging
$400 for our washing station with on-demand water heater
$120 pressure canner for bone broth
$400 in butchery supplies
$750 in tools (drills, impact hammers, saws, sanders, screws)
$250 for two electric fence testers and other fence supplies
$450 for two rifles
$130 of animal medical supplies, hoof trimmers, etc.
$450 in office equipment
From Tony and Christina:
"Please do not feel compelled to give monetarily if it doesn’t make sense for you, or if you’d prefer to give in another way. Anything we receive will go directly towards accelerating the recovery and continued growth and improvement of the farm. Thank you for all the support in the past, present, and future - it’s what allows us to keep doing what we love and sharing it with you."
This gofundme has been created by friends of Tony and Christina, and we're going to pull out all the stops in an effort to help them recover from this devastating loss. So please, please, PLEASE, pitch in what you can and pass this message on to you friends and family, and encourage them to do the same!
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