2016 has been an amazing first year for us. The Kickstarter campaign brought our
wildest dream to life, and our salmon jerky to the world! There is still a lot to be done,
but at this time of year, it’s important we all slow down. On our little homestead, our
chickens are scratching frozen leaves looking for the last remains of insects and seeds.
Our ducks are breaking through thin ice in our pond to clean their feathers before a
hard freeze. And just beyond our backyard, the Pacific Northwest rains have been
draining through our watershed and bringing our salmon home!
In our neck of the woods, the Keta salmon are returning home to their native spawning
beds at Swan Creek just a few blocks away. They’re one of the last salmon species to
return home at this time of year, but they’re arrival is nothing short of amazing. A few
years ago these fish hatched out of their safe-haven spawning beds and fed on insects
and plankton as they made their way to the pacific ocean. But over the course of their
life, only about 1 in 1000 eggs will make it back as a spawning adult.
Over the past few years, our community has been transforming Swan Creek into a more
resilient watershed. Our salmon now have stronger flowing waters and more gravel
beds to safely lay their eggs in. While their journey is never an easy one, this last home
stretch will be a little safer to spawn the next salmon generation.
Welcome home wild Keta!