IPAVA – Annabelle Pratt, of Ipava, added woodworking this fall to her hobby farming business.
Pratt manufactures handmade cutting and deli boards, as well as other woodworking items. She is self-taught and learns to use the carpentry tools of her husband and her stepfather.
âMy stepdad makes custom oak cabinetry and gives me the leftovers that he would normally burn or throw away,â Pratt said. “I really enjoy it (woodworking), I like the texture and grain of the wood.”
Pratt says she is also learning to use a typewriter and to engrave.
âOur first sale was at Spoon River Drive. We had a phenomenal turnout, âsaid Pratt.
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Pratt quit a job at the post office and recently completed his EMT certificate at Spoon River Community College. She plans to test in January for her state license.
Pratt and her husband, Nick, have two children, Mallory, 8, and Danica, 4. While “rainbow” can mean a lot of things in today’s world, Pratt says they named the business “Rainbow Hobby Farm” after their “rainbow baby” . “, Danica. The couple had lost a son between their two daughters.
Nick is with the National Guard and she says he is very supportive of her efforts. He also started an aquaphony operation on the farm. Annabelle says it will be a sustainable source of fish. He also started lettuce. Their farm has five mixed breed pigs; the American black bellied sheep, which is used for meat, not wool; a few cows; 25 ducks; and “tons of chickens, cats and dogs”.
âWe had a great time taking care of the animals and living a simpler life,â she said.
Pratt has items available at the Sudsy Soap store in Astoria and at Spoon River Winery between Fiatt and Canton. She also ships to people outside the region. Annabelle can be contacted at: 309-236-4967.