Helen’s Farm

A predominant theme across all of the subjects of the Project 468 blog is overcoming major challenges. The farmers on Lopez Island are particularly skilled at improvising to beat the odds. Two people in particular have overcome probably the most difficult challenge facing aspiring Lopez farmers: no land. Blake and Julie Johnston moved to Lopez…

For the Love of Goats

Nothing says love of goats more than a 1200-mile road trip with two goats in your car – with frequent stops to milk them alongside the road. That’s what Andre Entermann did on his move from Southern California to Lopez Island in 2008. Seven years later, his love of goats is as strong as ever.…

The Biggest Science Experiment in the San Juans

These days, the mention of science and farming in the same breath immediately brings to mind the hotly debated issue of GMOs (against which, by the way, San Juan County recently scored a victory). But that’s not necessarily what comes to mind for Nick and Sara Jones of Jones Family Farms. Step inside one of the…

Bounty on Project 468

Every day on Lopez Island brings the opportunity to meet somebody who is making a significant, positive contribution to this community. Today was no exception. First thing this morning, I rode my bike into Lopez Village to meet Sue Roundy, a long-time volunteer and one of the founding members of the Bounty project. Sue came…

“Like the Amish without the religion”

My brother and his wife visited us on Lopez this weekend. They insisted on cooking dinner for us one night. In search of something local for them to cook, we visited a produce and meat farm I’d been meaning to check out on the north end of the island – The Horse Drawn Farm. I really…