The Farm Blog

Newsletter 8/5/20

By johnh | August 5, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  To behold the Brook last evening, swollen and churning with the day’s heavy rainfall, was a moment to be taken in by Awe and Gratitude. Powerful thunder claps emanated from the torrent, the sound made as boulders crashed into one another under the water. But this wasn’t the Brush Brook I…

Newsletter 7/29/20

By johnh | July 29, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  What magic there is at work in the world. The Valley String Ensemble, with a touch of whimsy, announces the arrival of Summer’s Second Act. If you walk quietly through the fields this week, you might notice that you are being serenaded by thousands of insects who make music by rubbing…

Newsletter 7/22/20

By johnh | July 22, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Last Friday it was a great joy to see so many of you at the Gift Stand. We will continue with our alternating week schedule(next Gift Distribution is on 7/31), allowing for many important and timely projects, including some reflection on the paths this little Farm has made through the tall-grass…

Newsletter 7/16/20

By johnh | July 16, 2020

Photo John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  I have heard many people say over the past few months, “I am so glad to live here in Vermont.” During this same time, rural Vermont properties are selling like wildfire to fleeing urbanites. And yet, I have also heard a persistent rumor that there is a garbage…

Newsletter 7/8/20

By johnh | July 8, 2020

Photo Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Thunderstorms approach from the West. The air grows pregnant and heavy. The soil turns dusty again, just one week after heavy downpours filled buckets with over 2” of water. The flies thrive in these hot, dry conditions and they bother the cows and the humans alike here at…

Newsletter 7/1/20

By johnh | July 1, 2020

Cows on the hillside (Photo Dick Mitchell) Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Two songs permeate the mist-thick air on the summit of the Big Mountain this morning. Winter Wren sings a tune so Exuberant and Ornate as to call forth the Joy of being alive. White Throated Sparrow, in the other ear, whistles a Slow and…

Newsletter 6/24/20

By johnh | June 24, 2020

Hand mowing the fields with scythes Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  We’ve passed through the Summer Solstice with the Sun’s power on full display. For those of us who work outside in the Sun here at the Farm – Humans and Sheep and Cows and Grass – summer’s first heat wave and drought have offered an…

Newsletter 6/18/20

By johnh | June 20, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  With the Sun high in the sky and summer coming on, we are very excited to invite you to a Hand Mowing Demonstration during Bread and Soup Distribution on Friday afternoon – 4-6pm.  ‘Hand mowing’ refers to the ancient craft of cutting grass with a Scythe, a tool consisting of a…

Newsletter 6/11/20

By johnh | June 11, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  The labels on the soup containers read: “This food is offered as a gift to anyone who is hungry for any reason.” If you imagine that giving away 180 bowls of soup and over 200 loaves of bread made from carefully raised and gathered local ingredients is Joyful and Rewarding, you…

Newsletter 6/3/20

By johnh | June 3, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  This morning, heavy mist fills the still air, wetting every blade and leaf. The valley erupts in green with an exuberant abundance that astounds even the most distracted among us. That this moment arrives once again after so many months of winter – are there words of praise eloquent enough? And…