The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The arrival of Winter’s Tooth last Friday afternoon made Gift Distribution a wild and windblown affair. Rain fell sideways as the air took on a biting chill. Clad head to toe in bright yellow rain gear, I spent the two…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo by Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, North Wind delivers sideways scattering snow pellets and wicks away what warmth remains in our bare hands as we gather reflective vests and rope halters for the Sheep move. Dawn breaks slowly through heavy clouds as Collin, Ava, Erik and…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Here at the Farm, we are awed once again by the tenacity and the jubilance of Spring Grass. We walk the glowing green fields daily, trying to determine just the right moment to set the Sheep and Cows onto their…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Reckoning with exhaustion and overwhelm this week has forced us to ask deeper questions about our work here at the Farm. Is it possible for us to admit that the scope of responsibility currently undertaken by the folks at the…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, I walk the lambing yard each morning upon waking, straining to attune my eyes and ears to the Life that unfolds and unfurls there on that flood-carved cobbly knoll. With 19 new lambs on the ground now – forming a…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Lambing season has come in like a Lion this year here at the Farm. You don’t realize how much you’re not learning when things proceed smoothly, as they did for us and the flock for our first three years of lambing. But you learn…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo by Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, To watch and smell and hear and feel – to be submersed in – the torrent of unfurling Life this week is perhaps also to realize that your senses have been under-exercised for some time now. Months of winter whereby…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo by Sarah Detweiler Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Winds – North and South – once again take center stage this week as they enact their epic Springtime wrestling match. As these giants push and pull – and rattle and tear and tease – they negotiate the specific timing…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo by John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Have you noticed the patterns of light and shadow cast this week as Sun pours through leaf-bare Maple and Birch and presses late-winter warmth onto undulating snow-covered ground? Have you noticed how this warmth presses on your skin as you…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Under the influence of South Wind – or Greening Wind – much is set in motion this week. Sap rises in the veins of the forest trees and wets newly drilled tap-holes. Birds sing-in the day with rambunctious enthusiasm. And…

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