Pumpkin Hollow Farm (a possible beginning?)

Our children are coming for the weekend and Doug and I zoomed around in our convertible looking to see what farms near us would be open that we could take them to.  Our kids and grand-kids love farms and who doesn’t love a good apple fresh off the tree and a bumpy hay ride? We…

Meandering Paths (shunning straight rows)

I have visions of meandering paths.  Perennials interspersed with annuals.  Gardens in themes.  Soft grass (or mowed weeds) in the path.  Maybe wood chips.  Maybe pea gravel.  I want to walk upon something soft.  My granddaughter never wears shoes, what would she love to walk on? Hills and secret benches for pondering butterflies.  A pond…

Supporting Your Local Nursery (a field trip to Holly Acres)

In winter,  you might find a child riding a zebra or a toddler on a horse.  Perhaps you’d like to sit with Santa or drink hot chocolate.  We choose our perfect Christmas tree and haul it home happily in the season. In spring this same place is a gardener’s best friend.  Heirloom seeds abound, many…

How To Plant an Orchard (with adorable farmers)

I had an adorable work crew yesterday on Pumpkin Hollow Farm.  Our mission was to plant trees.  Apple, plum, and apricot trees to be exact. “Can we climb the trees?” the younger ones asked. “Maybe your kids will be able to climb the trees!” I responded. That certainly seemed a long time away for my young…

An Ordinary Day on the Farm

A new day.  I breathe in the fresh air with thanksgiving. Today’s to-do list: Pick up granddaughter so she can play at Grammie and Papa’s house while Mama is at work. Dig big holes in four places and plant fruit trees. Check on seedlings.  Move larger pots if they are not getting enough sun. Remove…

Planting Trees and Rented Farms

We are quite out of room but I found yet another spot to grow things.  In another part of the driveway, lining the raised bed garden, we prepared four spots for trees.  We put down cardboard in a 3×3 square and topped it with three inches of mulch, namely soiled half broken down straw from…

The Year Without Apricots

This is a blissful time of year and we have been blessed with many delights of the season. The goldfinches have returned after a two year hiatus, glints of gold everywhere, beautiful blue birds, and cooing doves incant the air.  Our small farm is filled with birdsong from feathered creatures of all types.  Two years in…

The Delicious Journey to Food Self Sufficiency

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…

Grow Where Planted

So, what would be the perfect homestead size?  5 acres?  20 acres?  100 acres?  A river running through it?  Near a library?  I am starting to wonder if instead of always thinking, ‘THAT would be the perfect homestead’ and then being frustrated because it is out of my reach, that perhaps I should look around…

Ginger Spiced Apple Sauce and Trees

Thousands of apples covered the ground and still many hung from the branches.  Nipped by the early hail storm, small for the year, invisible to the bugs, they were small, pocked, and perfect.  Piles went in to a bag for apple sauce, a pile of bruised ones for the chickens, and a pile for Nancy (who…