86 Things We Learned from Farming

January 6, 2011


Over the course of the year we have each kept a liGreen Tomatost of things we’ve learned from the Thomas Farm project, specifically to make a compilation at the end of the year.  It’s fair to say that the year was nothing like we thought it would be, but we still learned a lot about where our food comes from – which was our goal.  Some of us, like Caleb, learned that farming is a passion for them.  For the rest of us, this experience made us more grateful for the farmers who grow our food so we don’t have to.  It’s a lot of hard work, with very little monetary reward.  This list is for you, farmers and gardeners of the America!

  1. Opossums can kill chickens, in fact, they disembowel them
  2. Matt can kill opossums
  3. Raccoons decapitate chickens (more…)


December 14, 2010


heritage-variety tom turkey

This turkey is grateful he didn't wind up on someone's Thanksgiving plate

I was reminded after Thanksgiving that I don’t think about and express gratitude often enough. Going around the table at supper and saying what you’re grateful for may be the traditional thing to do on Thanksgiving, but for me it’s distinctly an untraditional activity within the scope a whole year. (more…)

Favored Photos: Matt’s Top 20

December 10, 2010


I scanned through my photos from this year at the farm, and gathered up my top 20. Originally, my plan was to pick the top 10, but I failed miserably.

I chose these images, not just based on aesthetic appeal, but also because they capture some fine moments, and important events that marked the year (e.g., snowstorms).

Browse the photos at your leisure!


November 27, 2010


Happy Thanksgiving, Blog Readers!

Matt and I left the farm for Thanksgiving and have been visiting our friend Kacey in Blacksburg. We had a non-traditional (not to be confused with un-American) vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner of Chili Con Tempeh, mashed potatoes, Brooklyn Brown Ale, and apple pie and ice cream. I guess considering the mashed potatoes and apple pie we only qualify as semi-traditional. We also had fresh French Walnut Bread that Kacey baked. I think that back at the farm the extended Thomas family enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner complete with turkey (not actually a farm turkey) and mincemeat pie with hard sauce! (more…)

Our chickens

November 15, 2010


I simply couldn’t resist.