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Newsletter 4/14/22

By johnh | April 14, 2022

Hello Friends, Neighbors and/or Loved Ones, It has been a few moons since this farm sent out the last newsletter. As the greening rains do their good work of bringing vegetative life back to the valley, we are beginning to imagine the proverbial buds bursting on another chapter of this farm story. Before I go…

Newsletter 1/6/22

By johnh | January 6, 2022

Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Trying to press pause on the poetics for a moment, here is a short list of New Year’s updates from the Farm: The Cows and Sheep are settled in for Winter on the fields across from the entrance to the Brewster Pierce Memorial School. There is a walking/skiing path along the…

Newsletter 12/30/21

By johnh | December 30, 2021

Photo: John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors, If you’re still reading, your companionship has cast soft light onto the uneven ground of a darkening time. It’s been quite an astounding gift to become entangled with so many beautiful people over the past few years. To stumble and fall down and look up each time to…

Newsletter 12/23/21

By johnh | December 23, 2021

Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The Sheep and Cows have returned home to their winter quarters, the fields along the South side of Brush Brook. Grazing season, which began with a chaotic crossing of baby Lambs and concerned Ewes over the Brush Brook bridge on a cold, snow-flurried morning the first Monday in May, ends this…

Newsletter 12/17/21

By johnh | December 17, 2021

Greetings Friends and Neighbors, I’ve been up for hours and still no sign of dawn on the Eastern horizon. I’m in the broad lake valley, on the Western side of the pond, where one of the old names for the place and its peoples is still used today-Adirondack. Apparently, the word means ‘bark eaters,’ a…

Newsletter 12/10/21

By johnh | December 10, 2021

Photo: Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Greening Wind arrives in the night, thundering across the landscape, a great giant running over the high ridge and descending with incredible momentum toward the Valley floor, carrying warm, moist air from the South, the air spilling from the enormous satchel slung over one shoulder. I am shaken…

Newsletter 12/1/21

By johnh | December 1, 2021

Photo: John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Hemlock bends low. Snow draped. North Wind builds, whistling into the snow-muffled Night. We walk the fence lines. Also bent low. In places, pulled to the ground. Our gloved hands pinch the lines to clear heavy clung Ice and Snow, and the lines spring taut again. We are…

Newsletter 11/24/21

By johnh | November 24, 2021

Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Looking back over three years of Brush Brook Community Farm, there are so many small interactions that could have gone differently. Differences that could have been carried more skillfully. Or simply named more directly. Suddenly, and without notice, we step into the terrain of apology. As the bricks in the bread…

Newsletter 11/17/21

By johnh | November 17, 2021

Photo: Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Collin’s left hand is wrapped in a dish towels to stop the bleeding when we are called in to see the receiving nurse at the Urgent Care Center. It’s a knife wound, and stitches will be required. When she asks how it happened, Collin replies, “I was slaughtering…

Newsletter 11/10/21

By johnh | November 10, 2021

Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The herd matriarchs – Josie, Tigger, Sweet Pea, Loretta and Topsy – stand with willing resignation as we adorn them. Or is it ‘adore’ them? We’ve made garlands for their necks – Hemlock and Pine boughs, dried Corn┬átassels, Goldenrod fuzz, silver Willow – and gathered cowbells of various sizes and tones.…