Farmgirl School

The Good Life On Pumpkin Hollow Farm

We had already preserved carrots, and broccoli, green beans, and peaches.  We got a few more bags from another farm that we wanted to turn into baby food.  We were on a time crunch to make it happen before it went to waste.  We had a long to-do list of other chores to get done and there …

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The chill in the air awakens again A peaceful fog has just rolled in Pull my flannel closer, a warm embrace Take in Autumn’s beautiful face The leaves are donning their new painted cloaks From Wood Vine to the grand old Oaks Sienna, Gold, Crimson, brilliant dresses Trees showing off their bold tresses Warm sun peeks through, shines on my upturned …

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When your own zoo gets too crazy, where should you go?  Another zoo, of course! I teeter between opposite sides of the spectrum when it comes to animals.  I have supported PETA.  I have befriended ranchers.  I do not wear fur.  I wear used leather.  I am vegetarian (previously vegan).  I am not opposed to people …

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We live in a little house on a busy street.  We have two lots so it lives big, but we have neighbors, traffic, and street lights.  There are no chickens allowed in the front yard.  They have a large area in the back yard where they have taken over the swing, the lawn chairs, the …

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She is a loner.  She doesn’t hang out with the other girls.  While the other chickens are perched upon the racks, cuddled all together to keep out the chill in the air, she perches above them to sleep.  When we open the chicken door in the morning, we open it, and then hide behind the door …

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It’s become a bit of a game.  We sit down and see how much of the meal came from our farmstead.  The best are frittatas.  The eggs are ours.  The vegetables piled in it are ours.  The cheese and cream are the only things that I didn’t produce.  (Okay, mental note, try goats again…or a big, fat cow …

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Now, I don’t mean business as in financial business.  Though every good farmgirl should know how to create and run a business as well as keep a household running for under $25K a year.  I am meaning personal business.  I know we farmgirls are busy gardening, canning, working, keeping a family together, cleaning the house, taking …

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A few years back we were sitting in an upscale wine bar, twinkly lights abounded, a joyful dancing fire warmed in the large fireplace,  It was our monthly wine tasting event and we were cozy with the owner at a table as people milled around sampling, catching up on the month’s events.  I came back to the …

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The sun came out and bounced off the crystal droplets that held fast to the plants in a great display of shimmer.  The water evaporated and the plants took a great breath of the fresh autumn air.  We headed out in sweaters with baskets to see what Mother Nature had left us.  Like Easter morning, …

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To become a farmer you must have an overwhelming desire to feed yourself, your family, and part of the city.  You must have an intense desire to teach young people where their food comes from (and adults…a woman came up to my friend’s farm booth at the market and asked why the carrots had dirt on them …

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