The Farm Blog

Newsletter 1/13/21

By johnh | January 13, 2021

Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  How does one respond with courage to a world in freefall? This past week I spent many hours walking the fields and woods, listening for words worth adding to the fray, the frenzy of a collapsing mutual life. I wrote those words down and include them here…

Newsletter 1/6/21

By johnh | January 6, 2021

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  New Snow overnight – fallen through warm and windless air – clings to every branch and twig. Owl sits watch over the clearing from an inner limb of tall Hemlock beside the house. Deer left tracks in the night, digging for the last of the fall Turnips and Kale. Last week…

Newsletter 12/30/20

By johnh | December 30, 2020

Photo by John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Nearly-Full Moon begins her ascent from behind the high Eastern Ridge, where the last of Sun’s light has been gathered up by brilliant white, Snow-encrusted alpine Spruce. As she catches your eye, she reaches out to steal one of your breaths. Stop for a moment. Please. Behold…

Newsletter 12/23/20

By johnh | December 23, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Twenty ewes graze beside the narrow path from the house. Glenys – the matriarch of the flock – walks to my side and lowers her head for me to scratch between her shoulder blades. The flock is calm and quiet this evening in a way I have not seen in months.…

Newsletter 12/16/20

By johnh | December 16, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Less than a week from Solstice, Sun uses the dark bodies of Hemlock and Pine to draw long sweeps of icy shadow on the ground and pours through house windows to paint the walls and floor with warm arcs of yellow light. Sifted bran from the bakery, spread yesterday as fertilizer…

Newsletter 12/9/20

By johnh | December 9, 2020

Photo by Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Our beloved friend Dick arrived with his camera as we ran the sheep from their fall hill pasture back to the Home Farm last Friday. As a long fall finally turns to winter, we joyfully continue the work of harvesting, preserving, washing, chopping, roasting, boiling and baking…

Newsletter 12/2/20

By johnh | December 2, 2020

Photo: Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Blue Sky arrives infrequently here in November, and so Sunday morning glitter-frost-sunrise pouring over the Western Ridge powerfully claims my attention. The Farm Team arrives to meet in the sunny greenhouse to plan the week ahead and by 9 am we are already shedding layers. The air is…

Newsletter 11/25/20

By johnh | November 25, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  If you set yourself to the task of Giving Thanks this week you might find that all roads lead to Grief. “Is it just this year?” you ask, when Mother and Daughter pull on their masks for fear of the other’s contagion. Consider, for a moment, the story of Pilgrim and…

Newsletter 11/19/20

By johnh | November 19, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Snowflakes fall sideways this morning, riding a cold and steady North Wind. Finding the ground eventually, they form a thin white blanket in the meadow where the Cows graze on still-green grasses and sweet turnips – planted for them on a scorching day back in July. Last Saturday we hosted Soup…

Newsletter 11/11/20

By johnh | November 11, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  You find yourself without your headlamp, again. Remembering which jacket pocket you put that darn thing in is a struggle this time of year, and so darkness crowds your daily routines. The path to the house, through the meadow, is uneven and so you walk cautiously. Moon has not yet risen.…