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Newsletter 8/18/21

By johnh | August 18, 2021

The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Photo: Ben Sklar Hello Friends and Neighbors, This is Erika writing to you today. For those of you I haven’t met, I am a member of the Farm Team. You’ll often find me around the gift stand or in the gardens tending to veggies – come say hi! I am…

Newsletter 8/11/21

By johnh | August 11, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Photo: Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Adam here. I was asked to do an interview with Ric Cengeri for his radio show Vermont Viewpoint last week. You can listen to the interview HERE. Ric had clearly done some research on the Farm and asked some…

Newsletter 8/4/21

By johnh | August 4, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Photo: Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Heavy Rains create muddy conditions in the poorly drained hill pastures, and with another inch on the way we decide it is time to run the Sheep flock back to the well-drained flats of the Home Farm, about three…

Newsletter 7/28/21

By johnh | July 28, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Photo: Ben Sklar Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Haze arrives in the night, casting the morning hills in reds and oranges. I look out through the rear window as the car speeds along the highway, a two-hour return trip from my father’s birthday dinner in the opposite…

Newsletter 7/21/21

By johnh | July 21, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Day 1 on the Hill. It is nearly dark when I arrive at the small clearing where I will sleep and sit for three days, on a high Mountain Ridge above the Farm. My clothes are sweat-soaked and muddied from the steep…

Newsletter 7/14/21

By johnh | July 14, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…

Newsletter 7/7/21

By johnh | July 7, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…

Newsletter 6/30/21

By johnh | June 30, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…

Newsletter 6/23/21

By johnh | June 23, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…

Newsletter 6/17/21

By johnh | June 17, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…