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Newsletter 7/14/21

By johnh | July 14, 2021

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 the pre-dawn dark as Rain ran down…

Newsletter 7/7/21

By johnh | July 7, 2021

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 of the screen door stops short as…

Newsletter 6/30/21

By johnh | June 30, 2021

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 arrives. This is not good. The drops…

Newsletter 6/23/21

By johnh | June 23, 2021

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 etymology arrives as humbling news as we…

Newsletter 6/17/21

By johnh | June 17, 2021

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 they shoulder back to the Air, and…

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

By johnh | June 9, 2021

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 legs and to ease fatigue from heavy…

Newsletter 6/2/21

By johnh | June 2, 2021

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 sudden turn towards Summer conditions – many…

Newsletter 5/26/21

By johnh | May 26, 2021

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 ephemeral way. Woods Nettles emerge from the…

Newsletter 5/19/21

By johnh | May 19, 2021

Photo by Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Were you ever scolded as a kid for running at the pool? This memory might help you to imagine the group of us ‘walking‘ the Ewes and new Lambs down the road to a new pasture last Sunday, their overflowing excitement for their first big move of…

Newsletter 5/12/21

By johnh | May 12, 2021

Greetings Friends and Neighbors, If you’ve read any of these Letters over the past year, you may have noticed that they do, indeed, take the form of a Letter. I’m writing to you, dear Friend and Neighbor. The problem is, of course, that in a time of Plague a digitally disseminated Letter doesn’t easily or…