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Simplifying

Around here, it was high time for some simplifying.  After many months of digging in, taking on anything that needed to be done, we’re entering a phase of paring down, letting go. When the house starts to get overwhelming, I always start by decluttering, and so far I’ve taken two trunkfuls of stuff to the […]

May Looks Like

“There is a river flowing now, very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore. They will feel they are being torn apart and suffer greatly. Know that the river has its destination. The elders say we must push […]

Spring Days & Farm Tour

Spring days get pretty crazy around here. May is one of our busiest months of the year at Wheatberry, and also a busy time on the farm, of course. In our town, May is just the beginning of being able to put plants outside, not to mention all the field prep to be done, and […]

Gratitude Friday – Favorites

This month has been filled with so many things, a beautiful baby, a hoophouse cover blowing off in a wind storm, the unexpected death of a young mother who lives just down the street from us, and the kindness and help of friends and neighbors.  Despite all this, or perhaps even because of it, I’ve […]

So you want a horse

First, I hope everyone had a wonderful, peaceful Mother’s Day.  I enjoyed a freshly scrubbed kitchen (thank you Ben!) and spent most of the day listening to Ella giggle hysterically while we played with our new kitten and some ribbon (sorry, no photos yet!). Emmalina asked for advice about finding a draft horse, and as […]

Made for this

I have been feeling, these days, incredibly be blessed to be here, in our beloved Valley, enjoying the tender new spring.  This time of year, driving past other greening farms, I wonder how anyone could choose to live anywhere else, or live any other kind of life. In June, sometimes, in the crazy scramble to […]

Gratitude Friday – Open Farm Day

So grateful to all of you who came out to our Open Farm Day last Sunday – we had an amazing time hosting more than 50 people!!  Kids got to thresh beans with our awesome farm partner Seth, we disced the field with Cole our draft horse, showed our grain trials, and shared lots of […]

Since We Last Spoke . . .

I drove slowly , heart in my throat, Ella in the backseat, as Ben and Cole made their way through the center of our town to our bean field on the riding cultivator for the first time. And then they, with our amazing friend and farming partner Seth, proceeded to rock the field, weeding and […]

Time for a Break

Love her summer cooking outfit – panties with an apron. With a broken camera (oh that fateful final “click!”), family visiting, and no internet at home, the time is ripe for a blog summer break!  Only for a week or so, and then we’ll be back.  In the meantime, pop over to www.localgrain.org to see […]

Local Grain Video

(Cole plowing with Ben last weekend) Just found out about this video of Ben talking with UMass students about local grain and our project with Pioneer Valley Grain – check it out here! And have a great weekend – we’re off to Boston to meet our sweet new baby nephews.