Friends: I wrote the following just over a year ago. But I never published it. The truth is, building a house took all of my creative energies and a good deal of my spirit. The thought of organizing this insane process into something readable and semi-enjoyable seemed beyond my mental capabilities. So I stopped. I … Continue reading Welcome to My After
Confession time: building a house has taken a toll, mentally and emotionally. I haven’t posted about the process as I intended to, because, honestly, I couldn’t write about it. I’ve been putting it off for weeks, which is ironic, since delay has been the name of the game over here so far. I no longer … Continue reading The Long Way Home
I set out this spring, armed with a few books, a few friends and some serious optimism, to try something new. Sure, I’ve gardened before, but meagerly, and with very limited scope. There was a time in my life when I’m pretty sure I killed a cactus. That takes genuine skill. I do not have … Continue reading Mid-Experiment Reflections
The tomato harvest has begun!! Be still my heart. We are entering the days when I make dinner plans based on what looks ready to pick. Granted, that means we will mainly be eating lots of tomato/basil inspired dishes, a variety of squashes, and the last of the cabbages, but this is not exactly a … Continue reading Ready, Set … Tomatoes!
I spent last week away from the farm, helping out a family member post-surgery and stocking a freezer with ready-to-go food options. I can’t help but anticipate my own harvest, seeing all those clear freezer bags with their bright, fresh ingredients, lined up for their turn like eager kids at an ice cream truck. (Or … Continue reading It’s a Jungle Out There
It’s starting to get hot, hot, hot. Which means: tomatoes! (Well, other things, too, I’m sure… But mostly, TOMATOES.) Yet while my tastebuds are languishing in a quivering state of salsa/ sauce/ caprese anticipation, there are a few stars in my spring garden that deserve some first-day-of-summer love. I just didn’t realize how much love, … Continue reading Summer Solstice Salad
You’ve heard me mention the term Permaculture. It’s the focus of my study and the design inspiration for most of the things I’m trying here on the farm. Google it, and this is the definition you get: the development of agricultural ecosystems intended to be sustainable and self-sufficient. It’s a great definition, and there’s a lot … Continue reading Destination: Prairie!