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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2017: Unexpected Progress and New Adventures

When I sat down to reflect on 2017 I expected to be a little disappointed with my progress around the farm, mostly because I spent fair amount of time last year gallivanting around the country, sleeping in a tent and climbing things.

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Christmas on the Farm

Well, holy shit, it’s 2018. This year stared out by giving me a solid ass-kicking just so I would know who’s actually in charge around here. (Not me, clearly.) So, for the last 3 weeks I’ve been trying desperately to fix things

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Chicken Nipples and Other Surprising Things

Sometimes I wonder if there will be a point in the future where someone googles my name for something important– you know, like a potential employer who might want to hire me, or if the government ever wants to offer me top-secret

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Prepping for Winter & The Return Indoors

Up here in Michigan we had beautiful fall weather for about two weeks and then mother nature smirked and drop-kicked us right into winter, which became fully apparent when I found myself driving home last week. In snow. So by “prepping for winter”

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The Farm and The Darkness

Listen, I know that Daylight Saving Time has been a part of my life every single year of my existence. This shit has happened to me thirty-six times and at this point it shouldn’t be surprising how much it affects my desire

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DIY Climbing Wall: Part 1

So many weird and wonderful (and kind of unexpected) things have happened to me in the last year, not the least of which is that sometimes I do this now… Like, I’ve left the farm on more than one occasion to go

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Rebuilding the Greenhouse: Foundations

Unsurprisingly, spending multiple weeks away from the farm this summer created a serious backlog of work to tackle now that I’m home. Some of that is maintenance, some of it is fun work, and some of it is shit I have to

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Back on the Farm

You know, even after fourteen years of telling stories about my life (and the things I build) on the internet, I still spend an inordinate amount of time staring at a blinking cursor on a blank page every single time I sit down

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In The Garden: All The Zucchini (and all the ways to eat it)

Every spring as I’m starting work in the vegetable garden– hours upon hours spent planting seeds, weeding, building garden boxes, mulching, composting, transplanting, watering, and generally siting around impatiently waiting for something to grow– I tell myself that this year, this year,

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Summer on the Farm

Every year I go into spring with a ton of energy and a ton of projects, and I’m always convinced that energy and motivation will last the entire summer… until sometime in July when it gets hot and buggy out, and we’re

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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 be meeting up at the end of June… in Idaho. I can honestly say that up until

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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 easy part. I mean, I’ve built entire houses before… how hard can a few posts with a

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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. So it’s a bit surreal to walk around the property this year and see a manicured lawn

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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 balance the craziness of spring on the farm with all of the other things I’ve got going

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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. The part that was clearly not real was that I was living in somebodies guest house. In

Read More

2017: Unexpected Progress and New Adventures

When I sat down to reflect on 2017 I expected to be a little disappointed with my progress around the farm, mostly because I spent fair amount of time last year gallivanting around the country, sleeping in a tent and climbing things.

Read More

Christmas on the Farm

Well, holy shit, it’s 2018. This year stared out by giving me a solid ass-kicking just so I would know who’s actually in charge around here. (Not me, clearly.) So, for the last 3 weeks I’ve been trying desperately to fix things

Read More

Chicken Nipples and Other Surprising Things

Sometimes I wonder if there will be a point in the future where someone googles my name for something important– you know, like a potential employer who might want to hire me, or if the government ever wants to offer me top-secret

Read More

Prepping for Winter & The Return Indoors

Up here in Michigan we had beautiful fall weather for about two weeks and then mother nature smirked and drop-kicked us right into winter, which became fully apparent when I found myself driving home last week. In snow. So by “prepping for winter”

Read More

The Farm and The Darkness

Listen, I know that Daylight Saving Time has been a part of my life every single year of my existence. This shit has happened to me thirty-six times and at this point it shouldn’t be surprising how much it affects my desire

Read More

DIY Climbing Wall: Part 1

So many weird and wonderful (and kind of unexpected) things have happened to me in the last year, not the least of which is that sometimes I do this now… Like, I’ve left the farm on more than one occasion to go

Read More

Rebuilding the Greenhouse: Foundations

Unsurprisingly, spending multiple weeks away from the farm this summer created a serious backlog of work to tackle now that I’m home. Some of that is maintenance, some of it is fun work, and some of it is shit I have to

Read More

Back on the Farm

You know, even after fourteen years of telling stories about my life (and the things I build) on the internet, I still spend an inordinate amount of time staring at a blinking cursor on a blank page every single time I sit down

Read More

In The Garden: All The Zucchini (and all the ways to eat it)

Every spring as I’m starting work in the vegetable garden– hours upon hours spent planting seeds, weeding, building garden boxes, mulching, composting, transplanting, watering, and generally siting around impatiently waiting for something to grow– I tell myself that this year, this year,

Read More

Summer on the Farm

Every year I go into spring with a ton of energy and a ton of projects, and I’m always convinced that energy and motivation will last the entire summer… until sometime in July when it gets hot and buggy out, and we’re

Read More

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 be meeting up at the end of June… in Idaho. I can honestly say that up until

Read More

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 easy part. I mean, I’ve built entire houses before… how hard can a few posts with a

Read More

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. So it’s a bit surreal to walk around the property this year and see a manicured lawn

Read More

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 balance the craziness of spring on the farm with all of the other things I’ve got going

Read More

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. The part that was clearly not real was that I was living in somebodies guest house. In

Read More

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