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Newsletter 5/5/21

By johnh | May 5, 2021

Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The arrival of Winter’s Tooth last Friday afternoon made Gift Distribution a wild and windblown affair. Rain fell sideways as the air took on a biting chill. Clad head to toe in bright yellow rain gear, I spent the two hours as parking attendant, trying to ensure…

Newsletter 4/28/21

By johnh | April 28, 2021

Photo by Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, North Wind delivers sideways scattering snow pellets and wicks away what warmth remains in our bare hands as we gather reflective vests and rope halters for the Sheep move. Dawn breaks slowly through heavy clouds as Collin, Ava, Erik and I gather to walk – or shepherd…

Newsletter 4/21/21

By johnh | April 21, 2021

Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Here at the Farm, we are awed once again by the tenacity and the jubilance of Spring Grass. We walk the glowing green fields daily, trying to determine just the right moment to set the Sheep and Cows onto their grazing rotations. As we walk the fields…

Newsletter 4/14/21

By johnh | April 14, 2021

Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Reckoning with exhaustion and overwhelm this week has forced us to ask deeper questions about our work here at the Farm. Is it possible for us to admit that the scope of responsibility currently undertaken by the folks at the core of the Farm is wildly unsustainable?…

Newsletter 4/7/21

By johnh | April 7, 2021

Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, I walk the lambing yard each morning upon waking, straining to attune my eyes and ears to the Life that unfolds and unfurls there on that flood-carved cobbly knoll. With 19 new lambs on the ground now – forming a formidable pack each evening at dusk and…

Newsletter 3/31/21

By johnh | March 31, 2021

Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Lambing season has come in like a Lion this year here at the Farm. You don’t realize how much you’re not learning when things proceed smoothly, as they did for us and the flock for our first three years of lambing. But you learn a lot when things start to go…

Newsletter 3/24/21

By johnh | March 24, 2021

Photo by Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, To watch and smell and hear and feel – to be submersed in – the torrent of unfurling Life this week is perhaps also to realize that your senses have been under-exercised for some time now. Months of winter whereby a specific gray-scale quiets the visible and…

Newsletter 3/17/21

By johnh | March 17, 2021

Photo by Sarah Detweiler Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Winds – North and South – once again take center stage this week as they enact their epic Springtime wrestling match. As these giants push and pull – and rattle and tear and tease – they negotiate the specific timing of the onset of the land’s greening…

Newsletter 3/10/21

By johnh | March 10, 2021

Photo by John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Have you noticed the patterns of light and shadow cast this week as Sun pours through leaf-bare Maple and Birch and presses late-winter warmth onto undulating snow-covered ground? Have you noticed how this warmth presses on your skin as you move through your daily routines? Or had…

Newsletter 3/3/21

By johnh | March 3, 2021

Photo by Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Under the influence of South Wind – or Greening Wind – much is set in motion this week. Sap rises in the veins of the forest trees and wets newly drilled tap-holes. Birds sing-in the day with rambunctious enthusiasm. And then, silently sneaking in during a break…