Carol Osterman was born with a love for horses, which led her down the path to becoming a Small Farm Technician/Planner for a local conservation district where she learned many things, one of which was pasture management. She learned about what goes into the food we eat and realized that it's not just what you eat, it’s what your food eats. Based on this, she and her husband started Akyla Farms in Sedro Woolley on the very same land Carol grew up on.

Akyla Farms provides quality meats and animals raised as Mother Nature intended - free of hormones, antibiotics, or medications, regular moves to fresh pastures, and access to organic supplements and grains for pork and poultry. In addition, Carol’s farm has about 50 goats available for brush-control rental in Whatcom, Skagit, and Island Counties. Once in place on the landowner’s property, the goats are contained to certain spots by electrified netting to eat down the brush. Every day, Carol or her husband check up on the goats and move them as needed. All the while, the landowner gets to watch the goats’ antics as they eat their way through the woody vegetation.


Carol is a “consistently inconsistent” handspinner and weaver. She says, “My projects are not perfect, but they are unique, and I have a great time doing them. I have had several people ask me where I get the ideas that I come up with, and honestly they just come into my head where I mull them over and think about how to make them come to real life.”


(My favorite animal on Carol’s farm is Sapphy the pet llama. You can see by the photo, Carol and Sapphy are great pals.)