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Idaho, Of All Places

Sometime late last year my dad informed me that my extended family wanted to take a vacation together this summer and that we would all…

Building a Vineyard Trellis

When I first considered adding a few rows of grapevines to the farm, I figured building the trellis to grow them on would be the…

Spring Garden Tour

For so many of the early years on the farm spring was a daily, relentless battle against grass and weeds. One I almost always lost….

A Long Week of Good Things

The last week in May is what I’ve come to think of as my Spring Sanity Week. Up until that point, I’m usually trying to…

After the Night

A few nights ago I had one of those dreams that was oddly real, but, you know, also clearly not real and therefore incredibly disorienting….

Orchard: Spring Maintenance 2017

My little orchard is still in its early years– which means it’s still a fair amount of work– but there’s such an amazing sense of…

A Top Secret Project for Mother’s Day

If there’s an unsung hero in the epic adventure of buying and fixing up this little farm, it has to be this woman: That’s my…

Adventures In Beekeeping: Autopsies and New Colonies

To say that last year wasn’t my best year as a beekeeper would be a massive understatement. I lost two of my hives mid-fall after…

10 Things I’m Grateful For This Spring

Spring on the farm is so wonderfully insane that all I really have time for is making lists. Like this one, for example, because there…

All The Green Things

Spring on the farm is always such a brilliant and confusing mix of relief (winter is over!) and wonder (all this beautiful new life is…

Building a Chicken Run: Part Two

Let me just start out by saying this: all the animals on the farm are alive and well. Whew. And, after 3 straight weekends of…

A New Couch (and Other Things That Don’t Suck)

I’m currently trying to dig myself out from under the overwhelming amount of day-job and farm-related work that March continued to pile on–relentlessly and with…

Building a Chicken Run: Part One

It feels like ages ago that my biggest concern around the farm was cutting and installing the kitchen counters. Then the big windstorm hit, which…

Year 5: Taking Stock and Being Grateful

Last week marked 5 years to the day since I officially closed on this property and took my first victory lap around the farm. That¬†inaugural…

The Paralyzing Fear of Purchasing a New Couch

Let’s start this post off by talking about personal strengths. Mine fall along the lines of 1.) tearing apart a house I’m living in, 2.)…