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The First Week, & Things Get A Little Less Quiet

This is our first week of second grade here at home.  I like to ease into the year a bit, and we’re starting with Native American creation stories, form drawing, and gardening.  On Mondays, we do baking & French.  The week started a bit ominously, with the toddler waking up for several hours (wide awake!) […]

High Summer, or, The Toddler Fog

High Summer.  The toddler is as crazy as the sun is hot, and if he wasn’t so gosh darn cute, I would have left him on someone else’s doorstep by now.  We had an amazing harvest of black raspberries, more kale than we know what to do with, and a trip to the ocean with […]

Featured on The Kitchn!

The popular food blog The Kitchn did a sweet little spotlight on us and what it’s like to store a grain share in your kitchen! Check it out here: http://www.thekitchn.com/what-you-should-know-if-youre-thinking-of-getting-a-grain-share-kitchen-tour-205428 And if you think you can’t get a share because it won’t fit in your apartment, be sure to also see the tour of our […]

May 23

  Next Time by William Stafford Next time what I’d do is look at the earth before saying anything. I’d stop just before going into a house and be an emperor for a minute and listen better to the wind or to the air being still. When anyone talked to me, whether blame or praise […]

Planting Seeds & Planning the Forest Garden

  Today was a good day to plant seeds.  I direct-seeded beets, collards, salsify (a first time for us), and planted some Black Jade corn in pots in the hoophouse to keep the crows off it.  I transplanted some beautiful lettuces and salad greens from their soil blocks into the soil in our hoophouse.  The […]

Wraps Around the World – A Dinner Journey

As we started putting together our dinner menu this week, we noticed that we had sushi and crepes and eggrolls – all wraps. Ben suggested  we continue the theme, and so, we have a global food journey this week, wraps around the world. Monday: Homemade Sushi. (Ben is usually the sushi master in our house. […]

Feb 9

Between the blizzard and the flu, we had a string of quiet days at home this last week.  I think they have finally caught up with me.  Today I started the morning listening to Thich Naht Hanh, and made blueberry muffins.  We tidied up, and then we went out to the hoophouse.  The children played […]

This Week,

we have to: ship about 10,000 pounds of grain to Waltham. Get ourselves (and children) to Waltham safe and sound. Help our CSA members scoop their bags full of grains and take it home happily. Get ourselves safely back home. Keep your fingers crossed for us. (At least distribution isn’t in my living room this […]

Getting Ready for School

(Joining Ginny from Small Things for Yarn Along) I’ve been very quiet here lately, mostly because my days are pretty full with working at the cafe.  When I’m not there, I’m chasing our very exuberant toddler around, whose new tricks include climbing the stairs when he thinks I’m not looking, and standing up on chairs, […]

The Good News about Vacuuming & Spending Money

Really. It occurred to me today, while vacuuming our house for the millionth time (with two large dogs and a farm, ideally I vacuum downstairs every day . . . in reality every few days), that having to vacuum is a really good sign. Not only is it a sign that we’re alive, we beings […]