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“A Farm Update – New Beginnings”

Hello, friends. It’s been awhile since I made a blog post! While the reasons are many, and I may discuss them in depth as time progresses, I have moved my farm. Again. It’s been a difficult transition (moving a farm is never easy under the best of circumstances!), but with a new normality on the horizon, I am opening my shop back up. Folks can expect some new lower prices, but unfortunately I will not…

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“A Post About Today, June 15th 2021”

With sunshine and warm weather abound now, it’s hard to find time and motivation to sit at the computer and write!  As the wild world finally bursts forth with green, our first round of leafy greens in the greenhouses are already going to seed.  So thinning the greens beds, drying greens, and replanting are high on the priority list.  Now that  the threat of frost has (theoretically) passed, i’s also time to plant  squash and…

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“A Post About Today: May 5th, 2021”

The thawing pond resembles a tiny glacial lake. It’s May now, and the days and nights are growing ever warmer.  Sure, we’ll likely get a few more inches of snow before summer hits, but it won’t stick around for long!  The roads are thawing and drying out.  With such a rapid melt right now, water mitigation on the roads is vital to avoiding mushy, gooey roads and erosion.  So every 2 or 3 days trenches…

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“A Post About Today: April 16th, 2021”

It’s been a quiet and productive spring thus far.  2 of the 4 greenhouses are fully seeded/planted for the year.  The upper greenhouse is about 1/3 planted, and only limited to that because we’ve only managed to create grow beds in 1/3 of the whole structure!  Little sprouts are cropping everywhere.  The currants are flowering, and the new kiwis are just putting out leaves.  In another month or 2, the greenhouses will be stuffed full…

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“A Post About Today: February 23rd, 2021”

The upper greenhouse just before the big melt and shed. Here Andy is movings some snow around below it whilst I standby listening for any indication that the snow may break loose and come down. With daytime high’s in the upper 30’s and 40’s, brisk winds, and bright sunshine, it’s hard to deny spring is here.  Yesterday the upper greenhouse was 51º!   Our 20 inches of fluffy white powder has melted into a semi-crusty…

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“A Post About Today: February 6th, 2021”

I’m going to make my first attempt at adding some fun photos to the blog post.  Does that make it a… plog?!  :B   Edit/update: since it seems to have worked and looks nice, I’ll work on adding photos to more of my previous posts.  We recently got about 12″ of snow, and there’s still plenty more on the forecast.  At last, the snow has come! We’ve hardly had 3 feet of cumulative snow up…

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“The New Website”

If you’re reading this, Hello!  Welcome to the fancy new website!  Are you enjoying the shiny new blog feature?  I hope so.  I’m still trying to figure out what a blog is, so bear with me… This is my formal acknowledgement of the changes.  I did it!  I finally did it.  I surrendered to the almighty website building technology!   I must admit, the last time I tried to use a website builder was probably…

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“Counting the 2020 Harvest”

There’s something very magical about producing your own food.  I’m not the best at keeping records, but I do try.  So here’s a peek at what we managed to produce in the 2020 season.  Granted, the ‘season’ is not yet over.  We’re still contending with foodstuffs grown last year.  Our food and farming season will not begin anew until the spring! Canned Fruits: 79 gallons of apple, pear, huckleberry, aronia berry, and elderberry syrups, juices,…

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“On Self-Advocation and Self-Love, Part 1”

If you live with the aftershocks of trauma, one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself and others is to self advocate.  Speak up about your triggers.  True, over time and with proactive work, you can desensitize or eliminate your triggers.  But in the mean time, learn to speak up for yourself.  This not only helps to stop the trigger from happening, but it communicates clearly with others that you have a boundary…

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“The Journey of the Emotions of Killing”

“Isn’t it hard to butcher an animal you raised yourself, especially if it had a name?” “It was at first” is about the simplest response to that common question. The act of destroying life comes with its own unique and complex emotional journey. For those of us who empathize with the life and suffering of other beings, killing is not a straight-forward affair. I really do think it’s an important conversation to have for those…

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“How Herbal Healing Became and Interest”

People: “How did you get into herbal medicine?” Me: “I cut my achilles tendon open.” Yeah, it was horrible.  I hate that it happened.  But it did.  I should say, actually, “someone’s bicycle cut my achilles tendon open.”… So I had this cut into the back of my foot, parallel with the bottom of my foot, making a 1” flap of my heel, cut straight through, that could open up like a mouth.  I was…

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“The Season of Snow is Upon Us Once Again”

“So… how much snow do you get up there?” The answer depends on the year, but usually between 5 and 10 feet. I used to say “I never want to live somewhere where the snow is deeper than I am tall”. Ha! I didn’t know what I was missing! If anything, the snow makes life up here easier. Winter is the time of hibernation. It’s the months without snow that are a frantic scurry of…

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“What Are You Even Doing?” 

“Wow! You guys are really doing it! You’re living the way people lived back in the pioneer days!” I’ve heard that, and similar sentiments, several times over the last few years. I never know how to react. What I want to say is “No, actually, we’re really not. We have comfy vehicles and snowmobiles with heated hand grips, we have a tele-handler, chainsaws, electricity and the internet. It’s nothing like ‘the pioneer days’”. But that…

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