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A little about us

A Little About Us
      I was raised in two places, a remote part of Northern California called Forks Of Salmon (the forks of the Salmon river), and the very northeastern corner of Washington State, right on the Canadian border. Growing our own food was a very important part of life for us. We had small farms in both places and my parents grew a large garden every year, along with fruit trees and  berry bushes, chickens, cows and a menagerie of other animals. My Mom canned, froze, dried, and preserved in any way possible as much as she could every summer to get us through the long winter months. We butchered our own chickens, and my Dad milked our Jersey cows twice a day, 7 days a week. We churned our own butter and made our own cheese.
      We lived without electricity and  a telephone until I was 12 years old, when we moved to Washington state and a slightly less rural area. We were still in the middle of nowhere, but now we had electricity! My sister and I grew up reading ourselves to sleep by kerosene lantern every night, warming our water for baths with a wood cook stove, and doing our laundry in an old ringer washing machine.  The first time I had television was when I was 23 years old. We had an incredibly simple and wonderful  life in that we had unlimited space to run free as children, we ate fresh natural food, picked wild blackberries barefoot, swam in one of the most beautiful rivers in the country on a daily basis, and were fairly oblivious to anything else going on in the world. We were home schooled for a number of years when we were young , simply for the reason that my parents believed we should be left to be children for as long as possible, and they were intelligent enough people to teach us well.  We had no problems integrating back into school when we did go. The first fast food I ever ate was when I was 13 years old and went on my first Jr. high field trip.
      After graduating high school I took my horse and headed to Montana to work as a wrangler. I loved the work, spending my days on the back of a horse, the encounters with wild animals, bear, cougars and elk, long hard days that left you tired and satisfied. I traveled and worked on several ranches in Montana, Colorado and Washington as a horse wrangler, before meeting Jason and settling down in Southern CA.
     The ranch I was working on in Washington state contracts out to the Navy for the SEAL snipers to use for some of their training. Jason has been a Navy SEAL for 20+ years, and as soon as we met we both knew that our lives as we had known them were over. We both had an incredible passion for nature, growing things, and animals. We knew immediately that this was the life we wanted together. 

      Jason is still an active duty Navy SEAL, and deploys sometimes for six or seven months at a time, so I try to hold things together the best I can without him. When he is not deployed, he relaxes by working on the farm and spending time with our animals. He is also our resident soap-maker. After my Mom gave him a lesson in soap making he discovered how much he enjoyed it and now makes wonderful, all-natural hand-made soap regularly.
      We now have our two beautiful children, Storm and Thor, and every day is fuller than ever. We work with babies in packs on our backs these days, we ride our horses less and are always behind on our never-ending to-do list, but we are happy and satisfied. We grow beautiful produce, plant trees, and always look to the future for days when we will be able to see our hard work pay off.

 

6 responses to “A little about us

  1. Michael and Sheri Ryan

    April 7, 2012 at 9:04 pm

    Great to meet you two at the Buck Brannaman event. Blown away by the farm and your story. Next time you are back by the coast – let me know and we will take you to dinner.

    Mike Ryan

     
  2. Richard

    April 18, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Thank you for the presentation last night at the Hwy 94 club meeting. I have enjoyed looking over your website and wanted to wish you the best of luck. Also to thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country.

     
    • primevalgardens

      April 21, 2014 at 8:50 pm

      You are very welcome! Thanks for coming and listening to me.

       
  3. Ken Hansen

    June 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Thanks for the biographies. Didn’t know Jason was a soapman. Maybe he can give me a class on that. One of the things I’ve wanted to know. Sign me up for your class, Iris. Looking forward to it.

     
    • primevalgardens

      June 23, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Ken. I’m sure Jason could give you a soap making class one of these days.

       

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