August 24, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Creating an Authentic Life Requires Moving Dirt! If you are concerned you have not yet moved enough dirt for your life to cyrstallize as you would like, fear not, for we have just moved 200 truck-loads (3,000 tons) from this creek-bank to where our new driveway intersects with the state road, in quest of authentic living... And in quest of safety, so we aren't run over by unseen logging trucks!
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August 10, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This building was recently constructed to store hay. Erecting a new building like this calls for more complicated deliberation than renovating old ones. This is the first new building we have erected in 35 years. New buildings claim footprint and change the landscape for an indefinite period of time. Productive ground is foregone for the structure, which will bear ongoing costs of maintenance and increased real estate taxes. So, new construction on a farm can be somewhat of an aggressive action.
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July 20, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
These barn beams are being sawn in half, lengthwise, at Phil Weaver's sawmill.
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July 13, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Johnson Grass is the bane of the corn-farmer's existence, yet the fruit of the grazier's.
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July 7, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This 150-year-old soul is being rejeunvenated to provide house and home for another century or two.
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June 21, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This simple plant is our nemisis. We can not conquer it.
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June 8, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This rare Kirtland's Snake was identified this past week in our wetlands. It is an exciting discovery because this snake is highly reclusive and known in only one other location in the county. A local herpatologist has been patrolling our wetland in search of this species, and several days ago discovered it. This is big news for local herpatologists and for us. It indicates our wetland is rich with biodiversity and is protecting threatened species.
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May 31, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Several weeks ago this black snake crossed my path. Black snakes are omens of good fortune. Like most good fortune, they are inconspicuous and rare. So, when a specimen presents itself, it behooves one to take notice. I was able to capture the last half of this mysterious and dignified being, as it undulated into reaches unknown. The perlexing question left behind was, what is the beneficial news it portends?
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May 24, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Two shadebmobiles offer welcome reprieve, even on an overcast day.
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May 10, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
This past week has been rich with grassfed offspring, bringing the future to the present. Lambs, dairy calves, children from Head Start, great-nephew, granddaughter, and Robin's egg - are all finding purchase on this grass-based farm.
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May 3, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
Sometimes it is prudent to defy conventional wisdom. This picture was taken a week ago, at the tail-end of winter, it seemed. We had just started grazing without supplementary hay, and were trying to assess pace at which to proceed. The convention, at the outset of the grazing season, is to move animals quickly and leave behind as much grass as possible, so it will regrow rapidly. This approach maximizes quantity of forage produced for the year. Grass that has been grazed short, as in the above, will not regrow as quickly because fewer solar panels are in place to stimulate growth.
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April 21, 2018 • 0 comment(s)
These ewes are about to engage in a great spiritual event - giving birth. Animals, unlike humans, do not seek spirituality. They own it, are part of it, even create it. Giving birth is an extraordinary experience, and it is in the extraordinary that the spirit lies. A mother delivering a child is clearly in an exceptional dimension, which feels sacred to most witnesses. As these ewes bring forth new life over the next month, we honor them, pay homage to them, for the great miracle they propagate.
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