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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…

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…