U-Pick at Biringer Farm


Seattle has had unusually good stint of sunny weather.  To take advantage of the sun, my family and I wanted to get outdoors and do a fun activity together.  Instead of going to a farmers market or to a park we decided that it would be fun to go to a u-pick farm and get some berries.  After a little bit of research we decided on Biringer Farm about 45 minutes north of Seattle in Arlington, Wa.  The trip was quick and parking was easy.  There is no entry fee and its fun to walk around the farm.  Along side the barn is a playground with a slide , huge black drainage tube (4′ diameter), and an antique tractor – great for kids.  

Once you are ready to pick berries you can grab a basket and head into the fields.  Depending on the types of berries you are after you may need to take a tracker ride to get to the field.  We decided to check out the strawberries first even though they were at the end of the season and fairly over picked.  After painstaking work of collecting just a few strawberries we decided to ride back to the farm and head out to the raspberry fields.  It was a good choice.  There were tons of raspberries.  In just under an hour we were able to each pick a flat.  

I highly recomend Biringer to anyone who wants to do u-pick.  The only advice is that you should call ahead to make sure the berries you are after are in season and not over picked.

Here are some pictures from our trip:

99 Designs – Crowdsourced Visual Design


I’m a huge fan of crowdsourcing and have been following and using mechanical turk for years.  Using technology to reach out to workers or experts who can then in turn work when they want.  It is a simple concept but also very powerful and is the way of the future.   It is efficient economically because it is helping suppliers (workers) meet demanders (businesses).  The key to modern crowdsourcing is to define the unit of work property so that it can be executed independently and in parallel.  My fascination with crowdsourcing, design, technology and entrepreneurship made me a fan of 99 designs right from the start.

With 99 Designs has a 200K+ vertical crowd (community) of designers that can work on your tasks.  For example if you need a logo you can create a job then designers can submit their proposals.  One of the cool things is that anyone can “work” on your task often just for the hope of getting select for the next round.  This means that you can get 100+ designers to submit initial proposals then you can start narrowing the field down and do another iteration against the crowd further refining the logo.  At first this does not seem that impressive but it really is quite amazing.

I can’t wait for an opportunity to try it out.