If you’ve ever been confused by the interchange of “me” and “we” on our social media or maybe you’re wondering who the heck is Smoot, you’re not alone. I get those questions a lot. So I figured I’d take a moment to clarify.
First off, Smoot’s Flavor Farm gets its name from Smoot Hill, a 3022 ft quartzite landmark southwest of Kamiak Butte. It’s home to an 800 acre biological preserve owned and managed by WSU. It also harbors one of a few undisturbed native Palouse prairie habitats left in the area. And some of its slopes are farmed by our family, both Smoot’s Flavor Farm and our larger farming operation, Clark Farms. I take solace in that hill and felt it as appropriate a name as any.
As for pronouns, you’ll find I often use me, I, we and us interchangeably. Smoot’s Flavor Farm is in many ways a one-woman-show. I (Lindsay) am the person behind the wheel-barrow, the market booth and the Excel spreadsheets. But I don’t consider myself alone in this.
My husband, Ian, is constantly providing feedback, advice, support, and–at times–lending a very helpful set of hands. I also get support from my mom and aunt, who both live locally. You’ll often find them helping me with big orders or at farmer’s market. My mother-in-law has helped me with harvests and is a stand-in delivery specialist. You’ll find my father-in-law helping me with technical projects. And the larger family farm offers a constant stream of support on so many levels.
It takes a village to raise a child and, in a lot of ways, it takes a family to run a farm. I might be the one behind this blog, behind the market booth, and behind the wheelbarrow, but I am in no way alone in this.