Charis means: Grace that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness, good will.
We started Charis Ranch with the goal of providing high quality food for people who like to know what is in their food and where it came from. Our animals are loved and free ranged and our vegetables are grown with care and attention. We use sustainable methods to avoid the use of chemicals in our produce and livestock.
Part of our goal at Charis Ranch is to create a healthy community. In every community there are families in need. We look for opportunities to help those around us through food donations, work opportunites, camp cooking, etc. Part of every purchase goes to helping a family in need.
We are always in need of volunteers to partner with us. If you are interesting in making a donation you can click the donation button or send us a note with specifics. If you would like to donate a specific item you can select the item in the products list and include a note on your purchase that you would like that item to be donated to someone in need.
Charis Ranch was born out of a desire to have greater control over where our food comes from and how it is raised.
We love great food and wanted to enjoy local food year round. We didn't have much understanding about how factory farmed food is raised but as we enbarked on this journey and began to research the food system, we wanted to provide something better for ourselves and those we care about.
We don't want our food to be filled with chemicals, hormones, or antibiotics. And we don't want that for our friends and family. We also don't want our food to suffer during it's short life. We have no issues with eating meat but, that doesn't mean animals need to be treated poorly during their time here on earth.
With all this in mind we embarked on moving from Seattle to the country. It took us a few years to make the transition and Chris still has to work in Seattle part time. As a teacher and a software develper we were definately underskilled when we started, we didn't know the business end of a hammer, but we have been blessed with skilled friends and a wonderful community that is willing to laugh at our blunders and provide sage advice.
We are cradled in the Big Bottom Valley, Mount Rainer, Mount St. Helens, and Mount Adams surround us. Our climate is similar to Seattle with hotter summers.
We have put the garden and the animals ahead of our own house so we are living very simply without much in terms of modern conveniences. But, our small home should be done before summer is over and the rest of the infastructure will be done over the next few years. Farming is a constant experiement but a true daily pleasure.