Ode to the Farm

May 28, 2010


Garden swingI have been trying for a long time to put into words how I feel about this “farm”.  I can’t find any other way to explain it other than to say it has been the one constant in my life.  Since I was born this place has always been here, a place of comfort and belonging.  In the midst various family crises – multiple international moves, my uncle’s life-threatening illness, my father’s alcoholism, the death of my grandparents, the dissolution of a cousin’s marriage – the farm was here, like a lighthouse beaconing to bring in the weary sailors.  The farm is where I spent Y2K, the summer after my freshman year of college, and now this first year of motherhood. (more…)

How much?

May 22, 2010


In my previous article I discussed when we’re planting different crops.  In this article I will discuss how much we’re planting. (more…)

Caleb has Lyme Disease

May 19, 2010


For those of you who have not heard, Caleb was diagnosed with Lyme Disease on Sunday. Don’t worry, he caught it early and is taking antibiotics. It should be knocked out within two weeks. However, it seems like the ticks are rampant this year! And the poison ivy too! We thought it was our lack of rural knowledge and fear of gross things that made us squeamish until we did some research and found this article published by the National Wildlife Federation.  Apparently climate change is causing the number of deer ticks to go up and poison ivy to become more toxic.  We’re learning this first hand!  Looks like we’re not just learning where our food comes from – but also the risks involved.

The Slower Things that the Country Brings

May 10, 2010


To ease what I am sure are uneasy minds, I should let you know that the garden is progressing nicely. We have corn, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, watermelon, spinach, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumber, lettuce, green beans, onions (red, yellow, and white), shallots, and sorghum in the ground. (Yes, sorghum—ask Caleb.) There haven’t been any ground hog sightings.

But I want to talk about something else.


CSA shares and farming zen

May 7, 2010


Now that we’re well into spring we’ve started receiving shares from our CSA, Layz S Ranch. This is the same CSA Matt and I joined last year. This year we were concerned that we wouldn’t be able to grow enough for all of us in our garden so we decided to supplement our harvests with a small share from the CSA. As an extra bonus Layz S Ranch has a greenhouse which means we’re eating some things earlier than we can produce them in our own garden. They also grow some things that we aren’t (strawberries!). (Actually we are trying to grow a few strawberry plants but you usually don’t get fruit until the second year.) (more…)

Spring Photos


Tina Taylor took a great series of spring photos a few weeks ago.  We’re still uploading some of her photos, but you can see the majority of them here.   We’re sorry to lose her back to North Carolina, but we’re excited to see her up here again in July and October.  We also got to meet her funny, beautiful and precocious daughter, Ansleigh.  What a delight! Finally, we used some of her photos to update a few other albums including Moments with Lucy and Broccoli.  Check them out!