The Farm Blog

Newsletter 11/4/20

By johnh | November 4, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  North Wind – Winter’s Tooth – sets every tree in motion, sending settled snow from Hemlock’s upper branches tumbling groundward. Even the sheltered corners of the Farm bear the mark of this first wintry and visitation. All who are listening hear the howl coming from the tree-tops.  Here’s the short list…

Newsletter 10/28/20

By johnh | October 28, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Last evening, the five members of the Farm Team sat around the table and told stories from a Joyous and Beautiful weekend of events. A Cow Barn, built from gifted lumber was raised by volunteer hands to grow food to offer as a gift to anyone who is hungry for any…

Newsletter 10/21/20

By johnh | October 21, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Gone are the endless days of sunshine and dust underfoot. Come are the days of heavy cloud cover and persistent rain showers. And so our schedule once again bows to the Weather. We are thrilled to invite you to Saturday Soup and Bread Gift Distribution, Noon-3pm, where all food is offered…

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…