Category: Lessons

From the Woods to the Meadow and Back Again

“A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule. “-Michael Pollan, author, journalism professor (b. 1955) I recently heard the statistic  that 5% of all greenhouse gases come from lawnmowers.  It seems to me that manicured, weed-free lawns are a symbol of the American dream.  You…

Tragedy

This morning I rose early to get out in the garden before the heat was unbearable and my day really started (ie–husband and daughter awake).  I found some wonderful treasures–summer squashes, the first cucumbers, spring onions, and a few cherry tomatoes.  During my inspection of…

Sap to Syrup??…..Sap to Syrup!!

I am not going to give a how-to of tapping trees and making maple syrup.  There are lots of places that can tell you that.  I am going to recap our adventures.  Last year at this time, friends who have a farm podcast called…

Thinking Green…….

A tide has shifted.  The topics I have been interested in for a while are now taking off in a big way in my community of mom-friends.  It is exciting to me that truly healthy food is an idea that more and more people…

Not for the faint hearted….

Well, I had reported that we had nipped a potentially catastrophic goat problem in the bud, or so it seemed.   Charlie perked up and then went downhill. He seems to be slowly getting worse.  He has been increasingly lethargic, eating sparingly, and by Saturday had a fever. …

Goat Health

Nearly 2 weeks ago now I went out to do the evening chores and discovered that 2 of the 3 goats had swollen cheeks.  I then inspected their gums.  Puffy faces or necks and very pale gums mean one thing–a high worm load.  This is…

Life and Death (and Compost)

Here is the compost part: I have been listening to the NPR podcast “You Bet Your Garden” this year.  Mike McGrath is quite a character and is relentless in his promotion of using a leaf blower in reverse to shred and gather leaves.  The…

For What It’s Worth

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