Drinking Beer & Building Shit: Donkey Shelters

First, a warning: Sad farm shit ahead.  About this time last year, I walked out to the barn one morning and found the older of my two donkeys, Doc, laying unresponsive on the ground. He was alive, but barely. The vet lives

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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 satisfaction that comes from planting, nurturing, and then harvesting fruit from your own trees. I started with

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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 mom. I can guarantee you that back when she used to dress me up in pink paisley dresses,

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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 winterizing them, and, even after trying a different winterizing method I lost the third sometime in January.

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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 wasn’t enough space on my bigass chalkboard for all the things I need to get done in

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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 blooming!) and panic (holyfuckingshit I have to do all of the things right this minute or I

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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 bleeding from the hands (thank you chicken wire) I now have a fully enclosed run (plus bonus

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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 no regard for my sanity–right up until the very last day. I’m convinced that in the future,

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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 not only crushed my greenhouse, but knocked out power for a solid 4 days. Then work got

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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 Victory Lap in 2012 took place on a particularly balmy day in March: Every year since, I’ve

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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.) doing shit someone told me I couldn’t, 3.) building random things while drinking wine, and 4.) hugging

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Back to Farm Work and Hard Shit

After two incredibly exhausting weekends installing the new kitchen counters, and the subsequent recovery from that adventure, I finally had to pick myself up off the floor and get back to the day-to-day projects around the farm. First and foremost on that

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Kitchen Process: The Holy Shit Edition

Yeah. That’s all I have to say about the 22 hours of counter-installation I did this past weekend. Holy. Shit. Looking back on it, it’s funny to think that I was under the impression I was “really close” to being doing a

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Kitchen Counter Progress

The good news about spending 20 hours in my garage last weekend with a couple bottles of wine, approximately 700 lbs of butcher block, and almost all of my saws is this: I still have all my fingers. The bad news is that

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Kitchen Progress: The Hardest Cuts

I’ve been posting about a lot of smaller, fun projects lately, but rest assured most of my focus (and anxiety) is still centered around the kitchen remodel. Two weeks ago my mom came up to help with the five-thousand coats of paint

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Building Days: Raised Beds and Laundry Storage

Most of the time when I’m building things around the farm it’s just me, my tools, some loud music (and, if we’re being honest, also usually a bottle of wine.) But every once in a while a group of my friends will

Read More

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 satisfaction that comes from planting, nurturing, and then harvesting fruit from your own trees. I started with

Read More

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 mom. I can guarantee you that back when she used to dress me up in pink paisley dresses,

Read More

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 winterizing them, and, even after trying a different winterizing method I lost the third sometime in January.

Read More

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 wasn’t enough space on my bigass chalkboard for all the things I need to get done in

Read More

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 blooming!) and panic (holyfuckingshit I have to do all of the things right this minute or I

Read More

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 bleeding from the hands (thank you chicken wire) I now have a fully enclosed run (plus bonus

Read More

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 no regard for my sanity–right up until the very last day. I’m convinced that in the future,

Read More

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 not only crushed my greenhouse, but knocked out power for a solid 4 days. Then work got

Read More

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 Victory Lap in 2012 took place on a particularly balmy day in March: Every year since, I’ve

Read More

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.) doing shit someone told me I couldn’t, 3.) building random things while drinking wine, and 4.) hugging

Read More

Back to Farm Work and Hard Shit

After two incredibly exhausting weekends installing the new kitchen counters, and the subsequent recovery from that adventure, I finally had to pick myself up off the floor and get back to the day-to-day projects around the farm. First and foremost on that

Read More

Kitchen Process: The Holy Shit Edition

Yeah. That’s all I have to say about the 22 hours of counter-installation I did this past weekend. Holy. Shit. Looking back on it, it’s funny to think that I was under the impression I was “really close” to being doing a

Read More

Kitchen Counter Progress

The good news about spending 20 hours in my garage last weekend with a couple bottles of wine, approximately 700 lbs of butcher block, and almost all of my saws is this: I still have all my fingers. The bad news is that

Read More

Kitchen Progress: The Hardest Cuts

I’ve been posting about a lot of smaller, fun projects lately, but rest assured most of my focus (and anxiety) is still centered around the kitchen remodel. Two weeks ago my mom came up to help with the five-thousand coats of paint

Read More

Building Days: Raised Beds and Laundry Storage

Most of the time when I’m building things around the farm it’s just me, my tools, some loud music (and, if we’re being honest, also usually a bottle of wine.) But every once in a while a group of my friends will

Read More

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