Our Garden of Eatin’

It's been all about trees (mulching, inventory, watering, labelling, tagging, staking...) around here for the last 60 days. But in the background is my constant rhythm of work involving the growth of food which must nourish us amidst our projects' trials and errors. Our vegetable garden provides us with something for our dinner table 10 months a year, even… Continue reading Our Garden of Eatin’

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A Growing Affair

The Styrian pumpkin (Curcubita pepo var. styriaca) is not your run of the mill jack-o-lantern garden product. For those of you familiar with my rant - you can stop here. For everyone else, please read on. The sight of hundreds of  green gourds splashed with orange stripes in a late summer field is pure farm art. The bees adore the rich… Continue reading A Growing Affair

Chasing Chestnuts

It's been a bit 'nutty' trying to source local edible chestnut cultivars. What was once the most popular source of starch in the Americas (twice the amount of a potato), the humble chestnut, or 'bread tree' has never fully recovered from the devastating Asian blight that wiped out this staple food in the early 20th century. We'll never… Continue reading Chasing Chestnuts

DIRT

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKPcuwOOGqY

The cashier at our village grocery store was staring at my hands while I fumbled for my wallet at the till. It wasn't until later in the day, back at the farm while unloading the groceries that I noticed what she must have been staring at. My hands looked...well worn. Dirt was clearly visible in the nail beds, under my nails and in creases in my skin around my knuckles. Creases I didn't think I had. She would not have known that I was in the midst of a tree planting frenzy, and not just lazy. What would my mother say?! I should have recommended this movie to the cashier...