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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…

Newsletter 5/27/20

By johnh | May 27, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  This timely little diamond arrived in the mail here at the Farm few weeks back – an Old Chinese Proverb: “This is the time to store your grain in the belly of your neighbor.” Old reminders like these give the impression that humans have perhaps always been prone to forgetting what…

Newsletter 5/21/20

By johnh | May 21, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  As the first string of warm days sets bud and leaf into unfurling motion, memories of last week’s snowstorms and heavy frost take on a distant, dream-like quality. At the Farm and Bakery, it has been a week of Endings and Beginnings. We welcomed a new life here – a glossy Dexter calf…

Newsletter 5/14/20

By johnh | May 14, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Standing in line has a bit of a PR problem. For one, some are ahead and others behind. This past Friday the bread ran out well before 6pm, so being at the back of the line had some real consequence. Have you ever stood in a buffet line and felt yourself succumbing to Scarcity,…

Newsletter 5/7/20

By johnh | May 7, 2020

Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Sunday morning, a group of grinning neighbors gathered to shepherd the ewes and lambs across the Brush Brook Bridge and onto brilliant green grass, enacting an ancient Springtime ritual. Last Friday, the Bread Stand saw many smiles and much good cheer, and our plans to begin offering Soup in the weeks ahead…

Newsletter 4/30/20

By johnh | April 30, 2020

Newsletter 4/30/20 Updated: 4/30/20 Greetings Friends and Neighbors, What happens when the beauty that surrounds you begins to build up and applies a mounting pressure upon your ability to proceed through your daily routines? How does one keep the Flood Gates of Gratitude closed long enough to get through the day’s list of must-do’s? In…