FoxDog Farm is a family owned farm growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers in the organic tradition. If you live near Kingston WA you might see us working as you drive by (we are on Miller Bay Rd, about 1/4 mi. south of Kountry Korner).
The farm began as a dream. When Rikke Giles (see below) lived in England for several years back in the 1980s and early 1990s she became attuned to both the organic food movement and the horrible conditions under which factory farming of meat and milk animals takes place in the UK, Europe and the United States. She dreamed of being able to raise her own wholesome food with respect for the environment, the plants, and the animals that provide that food. Starting a farm, a huge step in reality, began with small steps such as growing herbs, vegetables and even corn in pots on the balcony of her flat in Philadelphia. Eventually she moved back home to the Pacific Northwest and obtained a bit of land. That bit of land, with much hard work by both Rikke and her partner, Randy Wagner, has become FoxDog Farm.
FoxDog Farm started running an informal CSA back in 2005, but Rikke and Randy stepped up their efforts in 2009 with an official, advertized to the general public, 20 share CSA. Since then we have run a CSA, usually of Spring, Summer and Fall seasons, every year until 2016.
From 2016 on, our CSA is in abeyance. In 2017 we are concentrating on getting the fun back into farming and improving our gardens, which degraded pretty badly while we concentrated solely on selling produce. We are still going to move towards farmers' market sales and we focussing on several disparate crops, as well as growing all the food we eat. We loved the CSA, loved growing the vegetables, but time is not our friend. We are getting too old to grow so much at such an intense pace! We will concentrate, instead, on herbs, selected vegetables, garlic, onions and so on, and selling, as mentioned above, at farmer's markets.
Our herd is officially called the 'FoxDog Stampede'. We started with goats back in 2003, obtaining 5 young goats as brush eaters. We soon realized that our goats made excellent milkers and switched over to milk production. We now have a steady herd of approx. 25 goats, with more arriving during the kidding season. If you are interested in purchasing a great little milk goat, or a good pet, companion or brush eater, check out our goat webpages and get in touch with us.
Rikke started FoxDog Farm by herself back in 1994. She labored alone for 6 years until Randy joined her. She is a bit of a erudite dabbler, being educated in several disparate fields. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in General Engineering and Sub-Atomic Particle Physics, then moved on to a Masters in Archaeology and eventually a PhD in Anthropology. She has authored a book on the archaeology of the Roman Army in Britain. She's a computer programmer and an expert in the Linux operating system. She's currently studying History, Costuming, Farming and Cheesemaking as well as the archaeology of the Roman Army. She is working on an upcoming paper about using computers to analyze the distribution of finds across Roman military sites, and has spent the last year working on a small section for the soon to be released excavation report on the Roman fort at Bearsden, Scotland. Rikke adores her animals, and loves working on the farm. She takes great pride that her little dream farm is able to feed many people and loves having students and children out to the farm.
Randy grew up in rural Pennsylvania and, after working on dairies and other kinds of farms, decided he wanted nothing to do with farming. He joined the Army right out of High School and served 11 and a half years in various places around the world, including Korea, before moving into the Reserves. After his discharge he worked in several different fields, including kitchen finishing, factory work, and internet services. For several years he was part-owner and manager of an Internet Cafe in Boise, Idaho. When he met Rikke, his good intentions about staying away from farming faded. He is now the main muscle behind FoxDog Farm and an enthusiastic promoter of the farm. Randy has taken the art of barbeque to new heights and become a very good cook. One of his dreams is to built an outdoor kitchen, complete with open fire, bbq, bread/baking oven, etc.
In 1995, when Rikke first moved to and built the farm, her only companion was a Finnish Spitz named Reyna. Reyna, who died in November 2009, almost 15 years of age, was the inspiration for the name of the farm. When she was a puppy she looked like a fox. In fact, when she and Rikke would go for walks, people would come up to Rikke and ask her about the fox she had on a leash. Because she was so distinctive looking, and because people driving by noticed the beautiful dog running in the fields, Rikke named the farm after her.
In March of 2010 a new foxdog came to the farm. This is Jaska, also a Finnish Spitz, and a distant niece of Reyna. Jaska is a delight, very active and very friendly. As soon as she was big enough she began working in the fields, on mice and vole patrol. She has learned how to harvest her own carrots and turnips, which she loves. Look out when she learns to harvest beans! (One of Reyna's favorites).