The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Trying to press pause on the poetics for a moment, here is a short list of New Year’s updates from the Farm: The Cows and Sheep are settled in for Winter on the fields across from the entrance to the Brewster Pierce Memorial School. There is…

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The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Photo: John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors, If you’re still reading, your companionship has cast soft light onto the uneven ground of a darkening time. It’s been quite an astounding gift to become entangled with so many beautiful people over the past few years. To stumble and fall down and…

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The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The Sheep and Cows have returned home to their winter quarters, the fields along the South side of Brush Brook. Grazing season, which began with a chaotic crossing of baby Lambs and concerned Ewes over the Brush Brook bridge on a cold, snow-flurried morning the first…

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The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, I’ve been up for hours and still no sign of dawn on the Eastern horizon. I’m in the broad lake valley, on the Western side of the pond, where one of the old names for the place and its peoples is still used today—Adirondack. Apparently, the…

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The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Photo: Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Greening Wind arrives in the night, thundering across the landscape, a great giant running over the high ridge and descending with incredible momentum toward the Valley floor, carrying warm, moist air from the South, the air spilling from the enormous satchel slung over…

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The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Photo: John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Hemlock bends low. Snow draped. North Wind builds, whistling into the snow-muffled Night. We walk the fence lines. Also bent low. In places, pulled to the ground. Our gloved hands pinch the lines to clear heavy clung Ice and Snow, and the lines…

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The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Looking back over three years of Brush Brook Community Farm, there are so many small interactions that could have gone differently. Differences that could have been carried more skillfully. Or simply named more directly. Suddenly, and without notice, we step into the terrain of apology. As…

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The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Photo: Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Collin’s left hand is wrapped in a dish towels to stop the bleeding when we are called in to see the receiving nurse at the Urgent Care Center. It’s a knife wound, and stitches will be required. When she asks how it happened,…

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The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The herd matriarchs – Josie, Tigger, Sweet Pea, Loretta and Topsy – stand with willing resignation as we adorn them. Or is it ‘adore’ them? We’ve made garlands for their necks – Hemlock and Pine boughs, dried Corn tassels, Goldenrod fuzz, silver Willow – and gathered cowbells…

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The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Photo: Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, November dawns clear-skyed, cloud-speckled and blue-eyed. Swollen Brook and River remember recent heavy Rains. Lingering Aspens splash silver-brown hardwood hillsides with brilliant yellow. The smell of woodsmoke and the sound of wood-stacking drift down-valley on the drying breeze. The vet meets us in…

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