We were awarded Heritage Barn Initiative Grant. The Washington Historical Trust administers these grants on behalf of The Washington Dept. of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
The grantee must match dollar for dollar. Gratefully in-kind donations of time, material and equipment count towards the matching dollars. We are going to ask local businesses to help sponsor the project, but we will still need help from you.
We started The Smithshyre because we wanted our community to better understand where their food comes from. We consider oursleves "an actually organic homestead". We love sharing the homestead with others.
The old Foss Farm came with a 1925 dairy barn. The barn had not been maintained for decades. We had it Heritage Registered in 2016 the 1st step in preservation.
Those who contribute will be invited to a special event / community celebration next fall (2019) at a date to be determined. We will make it memorable, we promise.
For history buffs, I have a blog post with lots of fun specifics about the barns history click this link to read more.
We use the barn for livestock. We keep our dairy goats in a re-roofed section of the barn. We also do our daily milking in the barn, in the rainy season this requires a pop up because the roof leaks. We hope to someday use the barn for community events.
Please help us protect a bit of Kitsap's Heritage and help us continue to utilize the barn and share it with our community.
This video shows the rain pouring in during a rain storm.
Thank you for your support.
Erin & Roni
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