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Stories from the heart of Hawthorn Farm.

December 14, 2019

Yesterday, Jenn walked out of a chicken house gingerly holding a rat trap.  A large rat scurried back and forth inside as I took the cage from Jenn for the next necessary step.  "Don't drown it in my bathtub!" called Kevin.  He has reason to clarify; we discovered too...

December 3, 2019

In October of 2009, I walked into the north pasture and sat next to a four-year-old European chestnut tree.  I've been back every day since.  I watched this sapling reach towards the sky, skew east to avoid the shade of a short-lived alder, shed leaves, and accumulate...

November 23, 2019

2019 has been a year of humility.  My wild idea of adding horse power to the farm has been one setback after another.  Big Blue the truck proved unreliable, leaving us stranded out in a rainy field.  My volunteer on that day never came back.  My regular stalwart volunt...

November 16, 2019

"You have a child, it just happens to be a farm," said a wise auntie of mine.  I've never had a strong urge to produce offspring out of my own body.  My mother, despite dropping subtle hints about grandchildren, had to concede that I always played more with my Lego far...

November 9, 2019

"Ag worker housing.  Better zoning.  A local USDA processing plant, and a commercial canning facility."  The wishes flew around the farmer's roundtable meeting at the local Grange tonight.

For the most part, I kept my mouth shut.  Much of what I want to sell i...

October 30, 2019

Whenever someone else milks the goats, the goats hold milk back.  The substitute milker wrings out the last drop, then I go take a turn.  Figgy senses my familiar warmth against her side.  I sing the milking-time song I have sung for years, and all of a sudden her teat...

October 14, 2019

How about NOT buying plastic bottles of shampoo?  Even in bulk, the practice was bothering me.  Eggs are emulsifiers, right?  My fine, curly hair likes emulsifiers.  Like a gentle conditioner, the fats of an egg yolk remove grime without stripping oils from hair.  In t...

September 23, 2019

I canned 100 pounds of organic peaches, and gave many of those golden quart jars to our winter farm-subscription share customers when our veggie harvest was dismal.  Canned peaches are not dismal.  Surely people would accept peaches in lieu of squash?  

Yes, o...

September 15, 2019

My fantasies of Old-MacDonald idyll have been shattered by years of actually coaxing food from the earth.  As I sweep weeds out of the carrot beds with my long-handled hoe, I kill far more than I nurture.  

One thing that draws me to farming is close involvement wi...

August 31, 2019

Jenn's packing peanut artwork.  

That's pretty much what my hair looks like, most days.

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