Who’s hungry? The Eikenbary-Pierce House crew received a special invitation to participate in the harvest of a grass-fed beef from a boutique beef ranch near Springdale, Washington. Project engineers Henry Pierce and Mick Deviny were particularly excited to visit proprietors Jennifer and Travis at the entrepreneurial small farm so they could see exactly where their meat was coming from and how it was raised.

There are two spiritual dangers in not owning a farm. One is the danger of supposing that breakfast comes from the grocery, and the other is that heat comes from the furnace.” – Aldo Leopold

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The EPH crew committed to participate about three weeks before the beef was butchered by local processor, Copper Mine Meats. Then approximately one week before the scheduled pickup, they identified preferred cuts on the butcher’s “cut sheet.”

After receiving the beef from the farm, Copper Mine Meats carefully wrapped and froze the meat for the crew to pick up on a Saturday. The half beef they purchased measured eight cubic feet and fit easily in the small freezer at the EPH job site. 

Back at the farm, the proprietors were gracious enough to give the EPH engineers a tour of their herd of 50 cows, enthusiastically describing the care they take in maintaining a quality farm-to-table business. The crew found it rewarding to support these farming entrepreneurs and provide quality beef for their friends and family.

“After the tour, the farmers recommended we stop by the nearby Yale Press coffee shop,” said Henry, “where we soaked up the small town feel and the history emanating from its namesake, the famous Yale Hotel of yesteryear.”

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Virginia Maridel Carter surprised the crew by bringing and planting flowers to enhance the look of the Little Free Library. “This is the kind of outpouring of interest and generosity that fuels our enthusiasm and keeps us going,” said project director Henry A. Pierce III.


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Some visitors bring books, others borrow a book. Some stay to chat and learn more about the Craftsman home restoration, enjoy refreshments, or sign the guest book.