Good Rain Farm
x̌ast sq̓it (hast squeit) translates to Good Rain in the traditional language of the sngaytskstx (Sinixt) the Arrow Lakes Peoples. Farm Founder Michelle is of Sinixt ancestry. Over the last few years she has built the courage to begin learning about this beautiful heritage, even attempting to learn the language.*
The Farm has always held food sovereignty, empowerment, concern for community and honorable stewardship of the land as our founding principles. At x̌ast sq̓it Farm we explore our relationship with this land, we decolonize and question our notions of ‘food” and ‘nourishment’. We support our community to these ends. To better serve our community and insure inclusivity the Farm celebrates our diversity, through highlighting this endangered native language, cousin to all the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. This language so muddied by Chinook Jargon and often used so casually that residents of the PNW forget that some common day words and names are remnants of a displaced people. We begin conversation and build awareness.
The farm is located on the rainy, foggy, grey west side of the Cascades. Often so muddied by rain fall, we can no longer say we are outside the reach of Climate Change. We farm knowing that this challenge is before us. There is no question of when or how bad. It is now a question of how successful will we be at adapting and changing our ways. x̌ast sq̓it Farm believes that through connection to a place we can rebuild a culture of respect, honor, gratitude and reciprocity. We look forward to a Good Rain that’ll feed our ecosystems, wild and farmed, community and self.
*x̌ast sq̓it was also a combination of Sinixt words that most native English speakers had a good chance of pronouncing given the complexities of the Okanogan language. The Good Rain is also a book written about the PNW by one of Michelle’s favorite authors, Timothy Egan. It was coincidence that x̌ast sq̓it also played homage to that publication that informed her studies in Cultural Ecology.