Farmgirl School

"It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life." -Tolkien

It was not worth it for him to keep working in the field he was in.  Our lives were short, we realized.  There was no time to waste.  Even though we battled morally within ourselves about it, we gave our house back to the bank with our condolences and good ridances.  We gave the mini-van …

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We loaded the children up the first week of December in 2009 to find adventure and a new life in New Mexico.  I had already scouted out a few rentals in charming adobes for us and we were going to stay a week near the plaza in Santa Fe.  A week of rejuvenation is just …

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Leaps of faith are frightening.  To jump completely uninhibited into the wide expanse of time and fate and faith not knowing if you will fall on your face, live in a cardboard box, or fly high and live your perfect life is…ahem…concerning.  And sometimes it is not so much a leap of faith but that …

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Lisa came over to get some herbal medicine.  I walked her through the gardens and we gushed over how incredible all of our respective plantings are doing this year.  This is my first year farming a quarter acre and she asked a reasonable question, “Do I think it is enough to feed my whole family …

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Preserving food for the winter is a smart thing to do.  Whether a snow storm keeps you indoors or for some reason there is a tragedy and the grocery store is not available to you to buy food, you best have some stores.  You could can, dehydrate, or freeze (though watch for power outages), and store …

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3×5 feet of peas planted in early April.  The result?  Three servings of peas.  I kid you not.  Peas might be wiser to grow vertically up an existing fence leaving precious ground space for other veggies.  I used tomato cages for them to grow up on and it worked wonders and they looked great.  I …

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Pumpkin Hollow Farm is really coming together.  Thank you, Rod for making this beautiful hand carved sign for the farm.  Thanks to my friend, Deb, for helping me get past my twenty year plateau in farming. (Water more, for crying out loud!)  Nancy for praising my garden every time she sees it and for being my …

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Ever the Entertaining Farmgirl I must host shin digs.  It is my inner Martha Stewart.  Our summer party is my favorite.  Our friends are like dear family to us and to have everyone together is a blessing and a cause for celebration.  We can stretch out when we have the party outdoors instead of crammed …

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There are two kinds of people at the farmers’ market.  The first one comes up to the farmer’s booth and says, “Where is the corn?”  He/she will kindly reply that it is May.  Geez, it snowed last week, where the heck would corn come from?  Here it is June and people are demanding peppers, tomatoes, …

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How do you start a farm?  Well, you get a hundred acres or so, just buy it or inherit it or something, make sure it has a farmhouse on it.  Gets lots of fuzzy animals that want to work for room and board.  Grow tons of fabulous food. This was my vision of a farm and …

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