I've lived on this mountain in New York nearly twelve years now. And I started my farming adventure, years before, on rented land in Idaho and Vermont. Half of my twenties and now, nearly all of my thirties, have belonged to this dream of homesteading, writing books, and living an isolated and creative life. That was all I ever wanted out of life. To have a home, safe and bursting with purpose. It never mattered if it was fancy, successful, or easy. What mattered was waking u
It’s been a interesting week on the farm, with ups and downs and all the usual trials and joys of summer. I wanted to pop in just to fill you in on some of the news around here. Heat has slammed into the farm with all the force of summer’s roar after the solstice and strawberry moon has passed. The animals all have their own ways to manage in the heat, and none of them do the silly thing we do - which is fuss about it. Humans get hot and then complain, get worked up, slide in
Hey there readers! Popping in to share that these are the last two pieces left for sale of the Pride Critter Series, and I also have this larger painting I did of Cade the Goat! All are for sale down to $20 to go towards the June payment for the farm! Send me a message and I'll mail them to you tomorrow!
Get your beautiful, locally raised and processed, whole broilers ready for your table this week! We'll have birds here to pickup starting Friday morning and you can message us to reserve some! Here's a picture of one of our customer's recently smoked and seasoned split bird prepared to perfection! At an average of 5-7lbs, free ranged, and lovingly cared for - you can't eat a happier chicken. Our prices are by the bird, not the pound, and we are happy to deliver locally.
It’s a hot one, folks! Temps rising into the 90s with high humidity and a storm looming in the evening. Can’t think of a more classic combination for the official start of summer! It’s Litha, The Solstice, the longest day of the year! This is what high summer is all about. When I walked outside the stillness and shade of the farmhouse into the daylight for morning chores - it was amazing how much moisture was everywhere. A light rain came before dawn, and it was just enough e
Long before I knew I wanted to become a farmer I was a graphic designer. I fell in love with it in college, having had originally gone to Kutztown University to become an art teacher. I switched majors my freshman year and never regretted it for a second. Graphic design school taught me a trade. One I have been able to continue learning, continue using, and continue to support myself with. The same goes for illustration work! And if you have a pet portrait I drew hanging on y
Gardening changes you. It doesn’t matter the scale. It doesn’t matter how long you practice the art. It doesn’t matter your age, gender, or location in the world. It changes you. Because the single woman in a city growing her first tomatoes on her fire escape bites into her first homegrown BLT with the same reverence and appreciation as the hog farmer that raised the bacon. Because what you are cultivating is perspective, gratitude, and known effort. Also, magic.
One of our favorite quickly-prepared meals around here is called Big Bowl, or Bowls, and a Big Bowl meal means that all the starch, protein, and veggies are prepared and served together in one large soup bowl. Pretty solid name, huh? But the trick with a Bowls meal is to keep it interesting, tasty, with varied textures, and (most importantly) CHEAP. If you're handy in the kitchen you can really jazz this up. I hope some of you will send along your ideas on how to use garden p
There are five gardens total around this homestead. The main garden is also called the Kitchen Garden, and for two reasons. 1. It’s the one with the most general population of varied vegetables for cooking and preserving. 2. You can see it from the kitchen window. On this gray morning it looks glorious. Besides the tomatoes and peppers (and one transplanted rhubarb from our friends Elizabeth and Weez) it is entirely planted from seeds. Most of this year’s seeds came from High
Haying twice this week. It's not a bad task, not a bad task at all. I know I am getting over this arm thing but I did the same task as last time, moving bales off the wagon without lifting over my head. Along with the help of three other friends and neighbors we got another 200 or so bales into Patty's barn. Feels good to be useful, and to help where I can to a family that has always been there for me. Wanted to pop in with a quick update. There isn't much to report other tha
We have a nice litter of Flemish Giant bunnies for sale, available to take home the week of the 17th, but ready for reservations now! These are a hearty and thick breed of meat rabbits, but also very sweet for backyard pets or house rabbits. Our bunnies were raised both in a pen and on grass, and are used to fresh and pellet fodder. They are handled daily and thriving. Fawns, sandy, and other colors available. Send us a message or visit the Farm Stand section of the blog for
Yesterday was one of those days. One of those good, hard, beautiful and body-exhausting days. It really hit me around 4PM when I finally took a moment away from the work, heat, and beating UV rays to walk on the paths in our woods. Or to be more specific—it didn’t hit me walking down a path in the woods—It hit me at the destination of the path: the stream. And to be precise: it hit me exactly when I rested my butt into the cold stream water that runs through the farm. I sank
It’s PRIDE MONTH! The month where the LGBT+ community celebrates who they are, and helps the entire country move towards growing acceptance and love! To celebrate this queer farm I’m offering a series of original pieces in ink and watercolor of proud farm friends! All are 6x9” and shipped anywhere in the world! They are $55 each and $10 from each piece sold goes to the Pride Center of the Capital Region NY! To claim one or more, just send a message and I'll get back to you so
June is here with a wet, hard start! The rain was sorely needed, and this morning the humidity was just plain wonderful! After days of dry weather, and hay just languishing in the fields - local farmers have made their first cuttings and now the fields are soaked with new rains. It's a real good thing, something to be grateful for. And all this rain is bringing in a change in the weather too. It's mild now, as I write this, but soon real heat will be coming back to the Batten
So here’s the recipe (kind of, more of a loose explanation of how to do this) for the fluffy little pancakes I made the other day! I call them Little Dapper Bois! It’s a *bit* of a process to make the kind I did with the fluffy, whipped, egg whites and cream of tartar. For those of you less interested in kitchen adventures involving mixers and soft peaks - but can handle a basic pancake recipe, I’m sharing the basic recipe I crafted long ago here. This is all you need to make