Stepping High

Dawn caresses the parched farm… Greetings Friends of the Farm, Around 5 AM, before sunlight, all is right — peaceful — on the farm. The noise of traffic has not yet started, the chickens are quiet, although some of them … Continue reading

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Primaeval Desire

Greetings Friends of the Farm, I am trying to understand these creatures. Are they overcome by greed? Or hopelessly in need of something both nourishing and moist. Whichever, the starlings, those heavy, dusky-black, straight-beaked birds (not grackles), imported from somewhere … Continue reading

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A Corn Year

Above: three successive plantings of Sweet Corn at the Gause farm…. Greetings Friends of the Farm, A little salt, a little butter….crunch, crunch, crunch. Sigh with pleasure…. It’s “what’s for supper”! Real corn…fresh, crunchy, juicy, sweet…is hard to get. But … Continue reading

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The Toes Knows

“Nooo…bo-dy knooowwwsss the troublesss sheee’s seeeen; nooo…bo-dy knowsss but Toe…sy….” (adaption of an old slave song) (Above: Toesy in the farmhouse, awaiting treatment for her half-toe and a strange plug in her left eye. Sigh.) Greetings Friends of the Farm, … Continue reading

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Farm Walks

–Joyce Sayle   Greetings Friends of Farms, This Sunday, you will walk where generations of farmers, since 1839, have walked. Close your eyes and imagine the lay of the land as it was when the pioneers originally held a handful … Continue reading

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Babette’s Avocation

  Greetings Friends of the Farm, Some stars are born; others are cultivated; but now and then, one is hatched. That one would be Babette. Of the Boss Chick and the Babes family. Originally there was one tiny chick that … Continue reading

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The Gift of Green

Greetings Friends of the Farm, Typically every morning, while still in bed, I try to figure out what in the world we will do today. I lie there, comfortable but turning a bit anxious, imagining the rows of crops, imagining … Continue reading

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Simplifying Life, Suddenly

Greetings Friends of the Farm The farm has been quiet the last few days. No work to do, other than laundry, as it is not wise to harvest frozen crops, nor plant out new ones. The chickens have been free … Continue reading

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Facing the Windy Cold

Greetings Friends of the Farm, Aunt Tooter was standing in the water tub, on the ice. Her message could not have been plainer. So I complied and poured boiling water into the far corner of the tub, so as not … Continue reading

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Waste-not Waste

Greetings Friends of the Farm, I just hate letting waste go to waste. They say that Americans throw out one-third of the food they buy. I reckon it’s a matter of pride. Apparently, since the food is so cheap — … Continue reading

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