Joe is away at a two-week resident/camping Permaculture Design course in Vermont. I attended a Regenerative Cannabis course on the same farm two summers ago. The whole time I was there, I just kept thinking that Joe had to see it. With patchy service, I haven’t talked to him much, just enough to know he’s … Continue reading the tiny house : part 2
Last fall we started talking about some sort of structure to build on the farm that we could use as a guest house for visitors and rental income as a farmstay + air bnb. Forever ago, when we were young, we talked about buying an old bed + breakfast as a retirement gig. Our plans … Continue reading the tiny house : part 1
photo credit, Nekenasoa Wyble of FloraMore Photography Well, hello. Some months ago, I tried to start writing again on Shopify’s blog platform. I think they do online storefronts well, blogs though? Not so much. I missed having a simple way to share a few words and stories. No ads, no clicking through to read posts, … Continue reading tap, tap, tap, is this thing on?
My sister-in-law turned 50 earlier this month. She shares my love for a lot of things. Kids, food, flowers, gardening, and animals. All the good stuff. I spent the two weeks leading up to her birthday searching for a kitten in need of a home. On the morning of her birthday a friend connected me … Continue reading new farm baby….
Last night I was chatting with my mom on the phone. I haven't seen her for over a year. My parents, brother, and nephews all live in Alaska and our summer + fall travel plans have all been put on hold due to the pandemic. As my mom said last night, "It's hard, but it … Continue reading august in the garden…..
Harvest season is in full swing here on the farm. Almost every day we come in with a basket full of something that needs to be dried, tinctured, canned, or frozen. Some plants, like Tulsi pictured below, give us several harvests before the cold sets in. I have cut this patch back three times now and … Continue reading grow, harvest, dream…….
Spring was a whirlwind of events here on the farm. Joe's much-anticipated gathering to celebrate his retirement from the Coast Guard was canceled due to the covid19 pandemic. He packed up solo at his apartment in Massachusetts, had a small informal retirement ceremony at work, and left. Four hours later he showed up at the little co-op I … Continue reading a few recent happenings…..
Our winter farmer’s market slows down quite a bit. The gift of this slower pace – and being in closer quarters indoors – is the chance to shoot the breeze with other vendors. There is a lot of sharing and a lot of joking. Once, a lone brussels sprout was tossed from one side of … Continue reading community + tramp roaches…..
We spent the first year camping and clearing brush on the new land. Watching the sun. Trying to find the perfect spot to build our future home. We walked the logging trail to the back of the lot, through the woods, where one of several rock walls remains. No one builds a stone wall … Continue reading how the farm got a little cabin…..
One of my challenges as an herbalist (and mama!) is often getting the herbs into the body that needs them. Some herbs are very lovely tasting and others, well, as my kids would bluntly say: taste terrible. They are pretty good about taking tinctures – even the "terrible ones". Teas, on the other hand, … Continue reading sore throat tea
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