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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

By johnh | June 9, 2021

The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, Orchard Grasses set out their finest plumes this week – creamy yellow flower heads laden with pollen – which they release as gently drifting clouds upon the slightest rustle of their long stems. Human bodies ask Brook’s cold water to rinse dusty arms and legs and…

Newsletter 6/2/21

By johnh | June 2, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors, The Cool and Damp this week slows the growth of recently transplanted Eggplant and Tomatoes in the gardens and slows the pace, blessedly, for us Humans here at the Farm. And yet, the weather forecast delivered on the glowing screen tells of…

Newsletter 5/26/21

By johnh | May 26, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…

Newsletter 5/19/21

By johnh | May 19, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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,…

Newsletter 5/12/21

By johnh | May 12, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…

Newsletter 5/5/21

By johnh | May 5, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…

Newsletter 4/28/21

By johnh | April 28, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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,…

Newsletter 4/21/21

By johnh | April 21, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…

Newsletter 4/14/21

By johnh | April 14, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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…

Newsletter 4/7/21

By johnh | April 7, 2021

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters 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 –…