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Newsletter 9/2/20

By johnh | September 2, 2020

The FarmThe BakeryOur MissionGift EconomyNewsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  We welcomed Nell to the Farm last week.  At three days old, she cautiously found her way to her feet after a ferry ride swaddled in the back of the Farm hatchback.  Nell joins Josie and Johnny as, respectively, adopted daughter and sibling.  Nell is granddaughter…

Newsletter 8/27/20

By johnh | August 27, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Hummingbird drinks from orange Jewelweed flowers growing just outside the house window, closed up overnight against the cold North Wind, an early sign of the Northland’s turn towards Winter. We will be hosting Soup and Bread Gift Distribution this Friday 8/28, offering…

Newsletter 8/19/20

By johnh | August 19, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Two Blue Herons flew low overhead, calling back and forth to one another, their lean bodies buffeted by the evening’s strong Southerly Winds. Early the next morning, the black Sky brightened only by the setting crescent Moon, I set out to collect…

Newsletter 8/12/20

By johnh | August 12, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Generous, regular Rain has brought on the Grass in the meadows and, as such, the Cows and Sheep are feasting, storing profusely available green leaves in their growing bodies – “gleaning” if you will. Garden harvests overflow the refrigerator, and so the…

Newsletter 8/5/20

By johnh | August 5, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  To behold the Brook last evening, swollen and churning with the day’s heavy rainfall, was a moment to be taken in by Awe and Gratitude. Powerful thunder claps emanated from the torrent, the sound made as boulders crashed into one another under…

Newsletter 7/29/20

By johnh | July 29, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  What magic there is at work in the world. The Valley String Ensemble, with a touch of whimsy, announces the arrival of Summer’s Second Act. If you walk quietly through the fields this week, you might notice that you are being serenaded…

Newsletter 7/22/20

By johnh | July 22, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Last Friday it was a great joy to see so many of you at the Gift Stand. We will continue with our alternating week schedule(next Gift Distribution is on 7/31), allowing for many important and timely projects, including some reflection on the…

Newsletter 7/16/20

By johnh | July 16, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Photo John Hadden Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  I have heard many people say over the past few months, “I am so glad to live here in Vermont.” During this same time, rural Vermont properties are selling like wildfire to fleeing urbanites. And yet, I have also…

Newsletter 7/8/20

By johnh | July 8, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Photo Dick Mitchell Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Thunderstorms approach from the West. The air grows pregnant and heavy. The soil turns dusty again, just one week after heavy downpours filled buckets with over 2” of water. The flies thrive in these hot, dry conditions and they…

Newsletter 7/1/20

By johnh | July 1, 2020

The Farm The Bakery Our Mission Gift Economy Newsletters Cows on the hillside (Photo Dick Mitchell) Greetings Friends and Neighbors,  Two songs permeate the mist-thick air on the summit of the Big Mountain this morning. Winter Wren sings a tune so Exuberant and Ornate as to call forth the Joy of being alive. White Throated…