April 20, 2010
Yesterday we had the wonderful fortune to hear in person, farmer and author, Joel Salatin. The author of many sustainable farming related books, Joel was on a lecture circuit promoting his newest, soon to be published book, ‘The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer’, along with the movie ‘Fresh’, a film that focuses on new thinking about what we’re eating.
His message to farmers was inspiring and simple –
We can heal the land with sustainable and organic farming practices
Be proud of who you are and your farming profession
Love and embrace what you are doing
We appreciated hearing his encouragement and success story; we left feeling younger and more excited about farming, and inspired to follow more of our dreams. It confirmed our belief that we can make a difference, and are making a difference, one acre at a time.
We DO love what we are doing; it is the reason we have made sacrifices in our lives to stay here on the land. We love being connected with nature through the soil and the seasons, and feeling blessed by heavenly sunshine or rain.
We love farming with organic practices that are enriching the soil; watching the worms and beneficial bugs increase in number, feeling the soil grow ‘softer’ each year, and witnessing green, healthy crops during summers of drought.
We love the opportunity to grow our own food, to preserve and harvest the food, and sharing the work and the bounty with extended family. We love that our children are raised as ‘farm kids’, enjoying a simple lifestyle that embraces faith, family, hard work, country sunshine and wide open spaces.
Yes, we love being lunatic farmers, every single day!
April 14, 2010
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January 22, 2010
A number of years ago, an old timer told us that there will be rain six months following a hoarfrost. So a few years back, we started paying close attention to when the hoar frosts occurred, and flipping the calendar six months ahead to see when we could expect rains. Interestingly, most of the time it does rain within a day or two of the date we marked ‘hoarfrost six months ago’. And if we had many days of hoar frosts in a row, we can almost count on as many days of rainy weather later on.
Last week we had four days in a row of beautiful hoarfrosts, and this week two days, so it looks like a rainy spell in mid-July, which is perfect for the crops and gardens, and a reminder that we should have all the cultivating done before then. Our last two summers have been exceptionally dry, so any hint of moisture, even by old timers predictions, gives hope for the upcoming growing season.
Check back in six months to see if the old timer was right………
December 23, 2009
Last week we cut our own Christmas tree on the back 40. We’ll call it a Christmas tree, but technically, it’s a scrubby brown swamp cypress tree that was growing wild in the lane. But the price was right, and we had fun traipsing through the woods to find the prettiest scrubby tree. It looks kind of a sorry sight at first, but as the tree comes out of dormancy in the warm house, it will start to turn color – and magically turn into a green Christmas tree!
We stopped to check out the spruce trees we’ve planted way on the back 40 that will be our REAL Christmas trees in a few years – love that green!