The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo: Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Haze arrives in the night, casting the morning hills in reds and oranges. I look out through the rear window as the car speeds along the highway, a two-hour return trip from my father’s birthday dinner in the opposite corner of…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Day 1 on the Hill. It is nearly dark when I arrive at the small clearing where I will sleep and sit for three days, on a high Mountain Ridge above the Farm. My clothes are sweat-soaked and muddied from the steep climb –…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo: Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Have you noticed the push and pull of North and South Winds this past week? The changing qualities of Light and Air, Sun and Shadow, Heat and Coolness, Wet and Dry? Last Friday morning I mixed and shaped bread doughs in…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo: John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Catbird lands on the porch railing just outside the open screen door, peers inside, and begins to chatter, to speak. A sing-song-soliloquy of non-repeating phrases. A vocal marvel. A sudden, wild interjection. The human conversation around the table on our side…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, A week ago, Monday. The cut Grass from two days of hand-mowing – well over a hundred person-hours of labor – lays spread out to dry in the field. The day dawns cloudy, the air heavy and already warm. And then a rain shower…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo: Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The final morning of the Scythe School arrives and the forecast is clear enough to mow for Hay. Acre: an old measurement of the land area that a skilled person could mow by hand with a scythe in a day. This…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Photo: John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Generous Rains arrive in powerful pulses through the night and day, washing over and wetting Hayfields and Hills and Hedgerows – all now heavy in leaf. Weighted down by this film of water, bowing Grasses and Trees offer some of what…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Orchard Grasses set out their finest plumes this week – creamy yellow flower heads laden with pollen – which they release as gently drifting clouds upon the slightest rustle of their long stems. Human bodies ask Brook’s cold water to rinse dusty arms and…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The Cool and Damp this week slows the growth of recently transplanted Eggplant and Tomatoes in the gardens and slows the pace, blessedly, for us Humans here at the Farm. And yet, the weather forecast delivered on the glowing screen tells of a coming…

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The FarmScythe SchoolThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyHelp OutNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, As forested hills spring to leaf they cover the ground at their feet in cool shade. Ramps, drinkers of early spring sunlight, recede now, their leaves yellowing and soon rotting back into the soil. Thank you, Ramps, for your spicy-sweet, for your generous and…

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