The Backstory - Part I : FIG AND FAUNA

The Backstory - Part I

by fig + fauna farm on 01/09/13

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It's hard to pinpoint where our story begins. As I look back, it seems as though we've been heading in this direction all along. Our tale holds an equal dose of both reverie and reality. I'll start with the urge to create Fig & Fauna, which was twofold, and the first spark was ignited by dogs.
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In 2006, my husband and I created a dog care service (walking, training and dog sitting), called Onblonde. Our mission was to provide dogs with an outlet in which they could be fulfilled through exercise and cognitive interaction. As we walked alongside dogs, day after day, we learned many things about the dynamic of the dog/client relationship - clearly found: a satisfied dog creates a happy owner. It became our passioin to serve as a liaison between dogs and their owners - with hopes to communicate both needs and strengthen their connections. Over the years, with the help of our friends, family and clients, Onblonde grew. We opened a brick and morter store, which served our human clients well, but our minds still searched for more ways to bring deep satisfaction to dogs.
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Then our daughter Dane was born.
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She ignited a revolution in our minds and hearts. My interest in natural cooking and gardening,  only swelled when I began to offer her food. Influenced by the concepts of the book Nourishing Traditions, I searched to find the purest, untouched forms of food to nuture her growing body and tried my best to obtain farm fresh food. However, the thought of having our own chickens for eggs, was clearly building a case within me. We lived in a great home, with great neighbors and a great little vegetable garden...it was just the place we thought we would be for many years to come. But when we lay in bed at night, marveling over our young daughter, my husband shared stories of his childhood on a farm in Missouri. I realized that many of his greatest virtues were gained during his formative years spent on the farm, amongst pigs, tractors and grape vines. His memories, in a way became a part of my hopes for our own daughters' childhood. Of course, some of my thoughts were laden with whimsy; aprons, tree swings and bare feet in the garden. But I genuinely desired a place for her to grow - physically, mentally and emotionally - with the beneficial support of nature.
It became our quest to blend our longing of farming and love of dogs into one package. Then it occured to us - our clients dogs were seeking the same things that we were: to be immersed in nature and to be nature. We created a new business plan to expand Onblonde's service offerings to Farm Retreats. "Every dog is a farm dog at heart". That year, we sold our home and found our farm. Here is what came of it:

onblonde farm from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.

Over the past year, I've written about the Fig & Fauna story from different angles - you can find one on our beloved chickens in Kinfolk Vol 4 , or an interview in LaPiperita and my words on why we love farming in Pure Green Magazine.

// Top picture by Rose E Martin

Comments (14)

1. Sarah said on 1/9/13 - 01:06PM
It's so great that you fearlessly followed your passion and created the home you wanted. It seems like a very beautiful place. x missdottidee.blogspot.com
2. tara said on 1/9/13 - 02:16PM
That picture of your daughter on top is beautiful! I would love to live on a farm someday. Hopefully soon! That's so great you guys followed your passion and did it.
3. Maggie said on 1/9/13 - 05:45PM
Loved the video! What song did you use?
4. chelsea said on 1/9/13 - 06:04PM
this is just so beautiful. your work exudes passion so effortlessly. this post hit me today and was truly an inspiration. thank you for sharing such a special glimpse of the beauty only the lord can make. <3 www.dos-marias.com
5. fig + fauna said on 1/9/13 - 06:17PM
Sarah, Tara & Chelsea ~ Thank you so much. Best to you all. Maggie ~ The song is "Lights out, words gone" - Bombay Bicycle Club
6. Sarah said on 1/10/13 - 09:01AM
I so admire how you followed your dreams and created such a beautiful life. This is the year we're doing it and your story of determination and dreams only has inspired me more... It really moved me when you said your daughter ignited a revolution...what a lovely thought. Can't wait to read more.
7. Desiree said on 1/21/13 - 08:15AM
those images make my heart sing! I love running and playing fetch with my own lab, Gator. I totally agree that every dog is a farm dog. I can't wait to have my pig and chickens one day!
8. Lisa said on 1/23/13 - 06:29AM
Wow! What a wonderful story and what an amazing video!!! What kind of camera did u use? All the best
9. fig + fauna said on 1/23/13 - 07:30PM
Lisa ~ thank you kindly! The video was shot by Tiger in a Jar..not sure what they used, but I'm sure they would tell you!
10. Natasha said on 1/27/13 - 07:39AM
OMG, does Onblonde take humans too?? :) Wonderful video, loved all the many dog faces... Truly enjoying getting to know who you guys are!
11. Cortney said on 2/15/13 - 03:37AM
So beautiful. I absolutely relish in your writing, girl. The way you express your thoughts is truly like poetry. Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing!
12. Melanie Everhart said on 2/17/13 - 09:39AM
I love your story! My father who fought cancer for 11 years before succumbing did so with holistic approach and alternative healing. He left me his copy of nourishing traditions...It was so ispiring to see him live with intention. Your story touched me deeply...
13. Julie said on 8/2/13 - 07:50AM
What stunning images. Gorgeous.
14. Domenico said on 11/20/13 - 08:21AM
You are living the dream.


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