Tales from the Soil

Planting For The Pigs Of 2035

Planting For The Pigs Of 2035

We are rich with natural resources here at the farm. It's almost as if food falls from the sky. In the orchards it actually does fall from the sky for a few months in Autumn, sweet fruit that delights us as well as the goats and the chickens and the ducks.  We're all...

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Big Leaf Maple: A Homestead Cornerstone

Big Leaf Maple: A Homestead Cornerstone

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are blessed with an amazing tree that has proven to be one of the cornerstones of our homesteading way of life. The Big Leaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum) towers over the edges of the pastures, casting a deep shade in the summer months...

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The Last Jibe?

The Last Jibe?

As we sat in the cockpit of our little sailboat two years ago, watching the Sea of Cortez ebb and flow beneath us, and seeing our grand adventure nearing its inevitable end, Katie asked me: "If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?" In truth, we asked...

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Fall on the Farm

Fall on the Farm

We're not entirely sure what happened to summer, but fall here on the farm is definitely in full bloom....and it is nothing short of spectacular. The goat kids are growing up, the pigs are getting huge, the chickens are molting and the leaves are starting to change...

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The Hope That Lives In Black Soil

The Hope That Lives In Black Soil

  Today we broke ground.  I stood with shovel in hand, trying to make out the borders of the long forgotten garden beds, now just gentle hummocks, engulfed by Creeping Buttercup (Ranunculus repens).  I leaned my weight onto the spade and felt a smooth, gratifying...

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