July 3, 2010

Photo courtesy of the Muzzall family Ron Muzzall’s father Bob Muzzall makes hay while the sun shines in the 1960s

Headed toward their Quasquicentennial (125yrs) the Muzzall family and their farm are celebrating their Centennial farming Whidbey ~ July 17th ~ at a big farm bash.  KWPA will be live at the bash so mark your calendar.

Update on big event: Today, Gwen will be out at the farm recording pre-bash interviews with the family.  Rain or shine ~ we’re out to get as much history about this touchstone farm, as, public radio, possible.



Ron and Shelly Muzzall are the fourth generation on the family farm on Whidbey Island. In 2010 the farm will become a centennial Washington farm.  They have three daughters. That is where the 3 Sisters Cattle Company name was derived from. The farm consists of 600 acres mostly hay and pasture but they also raise Cabbage for seed and barley for their layer flock and hogs They currently run about 150 mother cows using all the offspring to supply grocery stores, internet and farm stand sales. They belong to Island Grown Farmers Cooperative where they have their grass fed beef and all natural hogs processed under USDA inspection.

Three Sisters Cattle Company is named for Shelly and Ron's 3 daughters ~ Jennifer, Jessica, and Roshel

The Muzzall family has long been recognized for their conservation and sustainable practices. It is really just a way of life from what we eat to how we heat our home. This has really not changed for many generations. The biggest problem on any farm is really just cash, from generating it to keeping it. So conserving is a way of life, from used wire to used equipment. We utilize the manure from our animals for fertilizer in the form of dry manure and liquid manure from our lagoons. Most of our seed down consists of either Alfalfa and grass or Clover and grass. The compliment of legumes and grass provide for each other. With 95 percent of our land in sod or timber you can only imagine the carbon sequestration that exists. We use a integrated pest management system and realistically the 95 percent of our land that is in sod never sees any pesticides. Our biggest weed control challenge is our fencerows and our timber and agricultural land interface. Pesticides and commercial fetilizer cost cash and we use as little as possible in order to remain sustainable. Ron and Shelly have been involved with farmer cooperatives, their church and served on various county committees. Our goal is to continue the family legacy of sustainable farming on Whidbey Island.