• Those Old Heirloom Apple Trees

    September 16, 2018

    Everywhere I look, there are jewels in the trees. Apple season.  The air is sugared with the sweet scent of fruit warmed by the September sun. Driving down country lanes, my eye is drawn almost constantly to the bright red orbs of apple trees.  They grow wildly and randomly; in the middle of an empty…

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  • In Which the Chickens are Finally Free!

    September 12, 2018

    Now that the garden is almost entirely harvested — with the exception of some winter variety carrots, the Walla Walla onions (I don’t want to pull them just yet, since they don’t keep well), the pumpkins and the late corn — we decided that it was time to let the chickens go free from their…

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  • Simple Tips to Help Wildlife and the Environment

    September 10, 2018

    Now that the weather has turned toward fall, I see more and more wild creatures on the farm. Deer, of course, are everywhere, drawn to the delicious scents of apples.  I haven’t seen any bears yet, but I have seen seen their berry-studded scat in the upper field.  I even hear the frogs singing away at…

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  • Getting Ready for Autumn on the Farm

    September 6, 2018

    We’ve had a great summer, but the time flies quickly.  The girls are back to school, the garden is being harvested and preserved, and the weather has turned downright chilly in the morning. It’s time to start thinking about getting ready for autumn. It’s so easy to have a stunning garden during the summer while…

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  • A New Woodshed and a New Knee

    September 5, 2018

    I don’t tend to think of myself or Jasper as complete newbies out here on the farm – we’ve been growing things for going 15 years now!  But in the real farm sense of the word, yeah, we are complete beginners. Take our first woodshed, for example. It’s such a pretty shed.  Made out of…

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