In ranch life, family is everything. Just ask the ladies of Dalby Ranch in Post, Texas. Since it’s beginning in 1901, it’s been around for 5 generations. To beat the Texas heat, the girls are wearing Carhartt Force shirts. Working outdoors in southern temperatures can be pretty intense, so the moisture wicking technology and stain releasing fabrics of Force make the workday more enjoyable. We’re sure a little dirt and sweat never scared you before, but with Force on your side, it won’t even cross your mind.
Jenny and Megan’s interest in farming began as a curiosity about where their food came from. That curiosity has led them all the way to running their very own farm with organically-grown produce. Jenny and Megan also raise pastured pork and poultry for eggs and meat. Able Farms, just outside of Portland on Sauvie Island, is a picturesque piece of land with limitless potential. The girls are making their way towards creating a self-sustaining agricultural community, teaching themselves new skills as they go. I have mad respect for Jenny and Megan. They’re making such great progress in a field they didn’t know much about in the beginning. That’s girl power right there. No obstacle is too big when you put your mind and heart into something.
shop the girls’ looks here: Jenny: basil Fargo jacket, double fronts, Carhartt hat Megan: blue sandstone active jacket, Cheyenne shirt, double fronts, Carhartt hat
The Pixie Project, started by Amy Sacks, is a non-profit animal adoption center and rescue in Portland. Animals have been her passion since childhood. Her passion then turned into her mission and her mission is now her job. The idea behind The Pixie Project is turning the shelter experience into a positive environment where people can reach out and give animals a better life. If you’re in the Portland area and you’re looking for a pet, check this place out. Even if you’re not in the pet market, stop by the cat room and get some kitten cuddles in.
shop Amy’s look here: Carhartt women’s sandstone active jacket, work-dry striped socks, and fleece duck gloves
Here’s a peek into dinner time at the Boswell’s ranch. I have so many fond memories of spending time with this great family. This is the exact spot where I wore Carhartt for the first time. We were going out for a late night four-wheeling adventure, and we needed something to keep us warm. Hanging out at the Boswell’s house always means it’s time to wear Carhartt. From feeding animals, to running the dogs, to horse riding in the back pasture. Is your home the kind of place that requires Carhartt?
Rachel is one of my dearest childhood friends. When we were kids, Rachel’s mom was beside herself because of all the holes Rachel ripped in her jeans while she worked and played on their ranch. Mr. Boswell let his wife know he’d take care of the problem. The next day, he came home with a pair of Carhartt double fronts for Rachel. He told her that no matter what she did, these pants could withstand anything she put them through. Rachel saw that as a challenge. Immediately, she headed outside to see if her dad was right. She tumbled and dove about trying to put at least one hole in her new double front Carhartt pants. With no such luck, Rachel began her workwear love affair with Carhartt.
Ellen is one of my dearest friends. She’s been a Carhartt girl since we were kids. A typical sleepover at her house included sleeping under the stars in the pasture or sneaking her shetland pony into the kitchen. Their family had several special Carhartt coats set aside for outdoor chores, each one a different color and size. A few of them were men’s, some were women’s, and a couple were kid’s. Her mom would tell them to go out to the barn and feed the horses, specifying which color Carhartt coat they should wear. It was a big honor every time the kids’ outerwear color changed. They wore that Carhartt as a badge of honor as a testament of how much they’d grown.
I’m back in my old stomping ground this week. Nothing compares to the expanse of Texas skies. I spent some time on a ranch, and of course I had to dress the part. It was a bit chilly out, so I wore Carhartt’s country girl plaid shirt and the midweight hooded sweatshirt. The details are what really make these two items for me. I love the ruffle on the plaid shirt and the stitching on the sweatshirt. Both play off one another nicely and lend some added interest to the eye.