TALES FROM OUR 44 ACRES

GREENHOUSE READY FOR WINTER

For better or worse, the race to get projects done before the ground freezes is over, and I think we won. The temperatures around here have dropped.  At the moment, it’s 17 degrees F outside, and a big snow dump is predicted today – the first serious snow of the […]

STACKING HAY WHILE THE SUN SHINES

When we lived in the Netherlands, we often watched village-dwelling  farmers wearing wooden shoes  bike out to their well-tended fields  carrying some long-handled tool over their shoulder (yes, really).  The Netherlands is a food exporting country, demonstrating that monster-sized agribusiness is not the only productive game in town.   Those […]

Milkweed, Monarchs and Me

One of the first plants I think I could identify as a child was milkweed.  That was before I even associated its fireworks flowers with its flying fairy seeds.  I was attracted to its dramatic pods that could be opened to reveal the precise rows of seeds sleeping with their […]

Conversational Prairie 101

Because our little barn is a timber frame structure covered with slabs of oak weathering to a silvery patina, I like to think it looks like it belongs where it is.  (See my post, Building our Timberframe Barn here .  But when it was being built, the site looked like […]