24Jan

Fodder Follow-Up

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This is so fun. Not usually one to blow by winter (it’s so fleeting here already), I suddenly find myself longing for spring weather to warm the earth, so I can grow stuff.  Yes, it was 12 degrees overnight here, so the lush green garden is still weeks and weeks away.  But growing fodder means […]
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13Jan

Fodder, Felting, and Fuzzy Little Rabbits

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I promised you we were planning a different kind of year here on the farm – a year of farming like we mean it, of setting goals and getting it done.  Here’s how the first two weeks have gone: The fodder system began with a trial run of rye grass seed.  (“Fodder” systems are a […]
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01Jan

The Year of Farming Dangerously

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I dream of a garden like this… Sure, it’s New Year’s Day and many, many people spent this day looking back at the year just completed and ahead to the year yet unlived. We evaluate how life went over the past twelve months, enumerate the lessons learned, and imagine how we should change or hold […]
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29Dec

Wool in Winter – My Heart’s On Fire

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If it’s winter, it must be time for WOOL. I learned to spin in January of 2001 and so wool and winter will forever be linked in my mind.  And not just because that’s the best time to wear it. In my imagination, shepherding looked something like this.  (Angels optional.) I’ll never forget buying my […]
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20Dec

A Sweater is Born Again

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It’s all Kimberly’s fault.  She’s the first person I’ve ever seen actually deconstruct a sweater, in order to repurpose the yarn.  I had heard about this practice before, and had even seen a video of some gals doing it. But frankly, I’m covered up in yarn, and don’t need to go to the hassle of […]
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25Nov

Sharing Our Bounty to Warm a Village

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Knitters are givers.  That truth is proven over and over around here. Our pal Peggy Helmick-Richardson told me about a friend of hers, Linda, in Houston, who takes any and all yarns she can procure, and makes blankets for Guatemalan folks suffering in poverty.  Linda herself suffers from medical conditions that limit her ability to […]
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08Nov

Capital Improvements

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As one of our Facebook commenters noted, there’s never a dull moment around a farm; every day brings a new adventure.  Yesterday, our friend Floyd helped me put up a stretch of cross fencing in the south pasture which will allow our little alpacas some room to romp.  I had previously used electric netting to […]
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05Nov

Not in My Backyard

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Have you heard the acronym, NIMBY?  It stands for Not in My Back Yard.  We use it when something necessary but unpleasant tries to move in close to us and threatens to lower our standard of living, like an airport runway or a landfill. Here at the farm the past several weeks, that Unpleasantness is […]
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25Oct

Spin Simple

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Most of us love spinning because its primitive nature helps us slow our pace and connect with our materials.  It puts us in close contact with our history, our creativity and our ingenuity. Drop spindles date back thousands of years, and spinning wheels, hundreds of years.  In modern times, wheel makers have tweaked and improved […]
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16Oct

“Share the Harvest” Fall Gift Market is Here!

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  With the arrival of some of the year’s best weather (in my humble opinion) comes one of my favorite farm events:  the annual “Share the Harvest” Fall Gift Market – Saturday, October 19 from 10 AM to 4 PM.  We started several years ago with a few friends in the front yard, and now […]
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