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Newsletter 11/11/20

By johnh | November 11, 2020

The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  You find yourself without your headlamp, again. Remembering which jacket pocket you put that darn thing in is a struggle this time of year, and so darkness crowds your daily routines. The path to the house, through the meadow, is uneven and so you walk cautiously.…

Newsletter 11/4/20

By johnh | November 4, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  North Wind – Winter’s Tooth – sets every tree in motion, sending settled snow from Hemlock’s upper branches tumbling groundward. Even the sheltered corners of the Farm bear the mark of this first wintry and visitation. All who are listening hear the…

Newsletter 10/28/20

By johnh | October 28, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Last evening, the five members of the Farm Team sat around the table and told stories from a Joyous and Beautiful weekend of events. A Cow Barn, built from gifted lumber was raised by volunteer hands to grow food to offer as…

Newsletter 10/21/20

By johnh | October 21, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Gone are the endless days of sunshine and dust underfoot. Come are the days of heavy cloud cover and persistent rain showers. And so our schedule once again bows to the Weather. We are thrilled to invite you to Saturday Soup and…

Newsletter 10/14/20

By johnh | October 14, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Hemlock, Pine, and bare-limbed Ash bend and bow in submission as South Wind lays her powerful, moist breath upon the Farm this morning. South Wind, or Greening Wind, is the most feared and revered force in this corner of the Valley. Whether…

Newsletter 10/8/20

By johnh | October 8, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  It is dark as I walk the narrow early evening footpath toward the house, Moon’s light obscured by high clouds. I turn on my headlamp. Two glowing eyes greet my arrival. We stand still for a long moment. Young Fox – Bright…

Newsletter 10/1/20

By johnh | October 1, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  The morning air is thick with Mist after the first rain in many weeks. I meet Young Fox playing in the Farm’s vegetable garden, where he has found cow and sheep bones that survived their journey through the stock pot and then…

Newsletter 9/23/20

By johnh | September 23, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  On Sunday morning the flowering vines that twined their way around the Gift Stand this Summer hang watery and limp, claimed by Winter’s frozen kiss. We set the table there with the remaining 50 loaves of bread, and within a few hours…

Newsletter 9/16/20

By johnh | September 16, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Frost clings like sugar to the early morning meadow. As Sun climbs over the ridge, he melts where he touches, painting the valley with his Fire Light. These are Golden Days – the fleeting season between Summer and Fall. I have wondered…

Newsletter 9/10/20

By johnh | September 10, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Setting out on foot this morning from the Farm toward the summit of the Big Mountain, I follow the Brush Brook East from her mouth – where she meets the Huntington River – towards her source on the steep, forested Western slopes…