The Farm Blog

Newsletter 10/14/20

By johnh | October 14, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Hemlock, Pine, and bare-limbed Ash bend and bow in submission as South Wind lays her powerful, moist breath upon the Farm this morning. South Wind, or Greening Wind, is the most feared and revered force in this corner of the Valley. Whether melting the springtime snowpack, bringing desperately needed mid-summer Rain…

Newsletter 10/8/20

By johnh | October 8, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  It is dark as I walk the narrow early evening footpath toward the house, Moon’s light obscured by high clouds. I turn on my headlamp. Two glowing eyes greet my arrival. We stand still for a long moment. Young Fox – Bright Eyes – has quickly become a faithful farm companion.…

Newsletter 10/1/20

By johnh | October 1, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  The morning air is thick with Mist after the first rain in many weeks. I meet Young Fox playing in the Farm’s vegetable garden, where he has found cow and sheep bones that survived their journey through the stock pot and then the compost pile. He pulls on a large shank…

Newsletter 9/23/20

By johnh | September 23, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  On Sunday morning the flowering vines that twined their way around the Gift Stand this Summer hang watery and limp, claimed by Winter’s frozen kiss. We set the table there with the remaining 50 loaves of bread, and within a few hours all have been received, headed towards cutting boards and…

Newsletter 9/16/20

By johnh | September 16, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Frost clings like sugar to the early morning meadow. As Sun climbs over the ridge, he melts where he touches, painting the valley with his Fire Light. These are Golden Days – the fleeting season between Summer and Fall. I have wondered if our term ‘Indian Summer’ carries a longing for…

Newsletter 9/10/20

By johnh | September 10, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Setting out on foot this morning from the Farm toward the summit of the Big Mountain, I follow the Brush Brook East from her mouth – where she meets the Huntington River – towards her source on the steep, forested Western slopes of the Mountain. From the summit, this watershed is…

Newsletter 9/2/20

By johnh | September 2, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  We welcomed Nell to the Farm last week.  At three days old, she cautiously found her way to her feet after a ferry ride swaddled in the back of the Farm hatchback.  Nell joins Josie and Johnny as, respectively, adopted daughter and sibling.  Nell is granddaughter to Nellie, early teacher to…

Newsletter 8/27/20

By johnh | August 27, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Hummingbird drinks from orange Jewelweed flowers growing just outside the house window, closed up overnight against the cold North Wind, an early sign of the Northland’s turn towards Winter. We will be hosting Soup and Bread Gift Distribution this Friday 8/28, offering carefully prepared local food as a gift to anyone…

Newsletter 8/19/20

By johnh | August 19, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Two Blue Herons flew low overhead, calling back and forth to one another, their lean bodies buffeted by the evening’s strong Southerly Winds. Early the next morning, the black Sky brightened only by the setting crescent Moon, I set out to collect a new member of the Farm Family – a…

Newsletter 8/12/20

By johnh | August 12, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Generous, regular Rain has brought on the Grass in the meadows and, as such, the Cows and Sheep are feasting, storing profusely available green leaves in their growing bodies – “gleaning” if you will. Garden harvests overflow the refrigerator, and so the human work of preserving and preparation for the cold…