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  (Athena takes her ease) A couple of readers have asked me to describe all the people and critters on our farm – they are newer readers or old ones who know things have changed a bit but not how, so I thought I’d do a series of short posts introducing you the residents. ¬†For…

Mid-Summer Redux, with Pix

I thought y’all might want to see as well as hear what’s going on around here. First, there’s the baby goats: (Asher with Midori) (Isaiah holding Margarita) (Poppy nurses little Grog. Stout is in the background waiting his turn.) The baby goats aren’t the only baby things we have in profusion: (Marigold gave us 8…

Scenes from the Farm in Winter

These were taken before the 18 inches of snow that fell the other day, so you can actually see the ground, but the scene is still basically the same – white, with scattered critters. We’re all definitely starting to dream of spring! The creek in winter Asher at the Creek Isaiah, finding material to repair…

Is It a Farm Yet?

I once wrote an essay about my son Isaiah’s wish for a farm. He has a farm, of course, but he also dreams of a different one, the one in his imagination. What was funny was that all the adults that saw his wish understood it so very well. Many people tell me how much…

Chore Time

Note: I wrote this piece in 2009, when my boys were younger. By now they chop food for dinner, Isaiah can indeed use the hatchet and Simon and Isaiah have their own flocks of birds, and the sale of any eggs they raise. The general principles are still the same. We still don’t give allowances…

Nine years ago today we moved to our farm. We brought with us some boxes of stuff, some furniture, four cats, our then 15-month old son (Eli, now 10 and 5′ tall), Simon, packed conveniently in my pregnant belly, and my Mom (who went home after a day or two of helping us with the…

Piece By Piece

I’m back after four days of teaching a workshop at my house. It was awesome. It was exhausting. It was fascinating. We milked goats (note, very small adorable goats sell themselves. It is not necessary to talk them up, just to frisk people trying to hide goats under their jackets on the way out ;-)).…

Today is the first day of Aaron’s and my new “Finding Your Place” Course (for anyone who would still like to join, we’ve got two remaining spots and since the class is asynchronously online, you won’t miss anything by starting today or tomorrow – email me at Jewishfarmer@gmail.com). I’ve been teaching Adapting-in-Place, for people who…