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Our Hogs

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Lent with Dante, I

    I’m not a fast reader. I often get bogged down in a book and simply don’t get it finished. I read a lot, though not nearly as much as I used too. It’s not unusual for me to have several books going at the same time. Often I read for information; but like… Read more »

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Driving Mr. Stoltzfus

I don’t exactly remember when I met Amos.  I’ve been doing business around the local plain communities for over 25 years now.  I’ve seen their children grow up, marry and have children of their own.  I’ve known a few of their horses, some to the point of buying them and bringing to our farm.  And… Read more »

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Taking Stock

It’s been a long season.  This is not a new realization, but one I’ve become familiar with over the last eight years.  We stand in the midst of week 19 in our 22 week CSA program.  There were a couple weeks where we were really wondering if we’d have enough, and yet we always did. … Read more »

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Circle of Life

By this evening, fall shall have arrived.  Another summer of work has melted into a fall of preparation; putting things away, planting greens for late fall, winter, and early spring, cutting the last of the hay.  This is the time nature begins to turn to slumber, rest, and ultimately, renewal. We take so many things… Read more »

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Putting Down Roots

                 I grew up looking at a particular oak tree.  It was a pin oak, just below the house, in view of my bedroom window.  It sat at the head of a spring that had never run dry in my father’s time nor in mine.  It was massive, dominating the landscape with its large canopy… Read more »

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Unlikely and Unexpected

                The day has finally turned snowy, just as the forecast said it would.  I’d slept in a little this morning, resting after a long day on Saturday filled with the farmer’s market, farm chores, and a successful late afternoon hunt.  We knew the weather was forecast to be foul on Sunday, especially further west… Read more »

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Prepping

Advent I                 The week went better than expected.  The turkeys were processed without a hitch, and with 8 people helping out, was actually fun.  Delivery day was rainy and cold, but a late lunch at one of Alexandria’s nicest little restaurants warmed us inside and out. By Thanksgiving Day, I was ready for a… Read more »

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Shepherds

Sabbath Reflections                 The ewes are heavy with their lambs.  The weather has taken a definitive turn, sending the wind up and the temperatures down.  I had to count them four times, and I was still missing one, “Pep.”  Yes, Pep, the ewe most likely to wander away from the flock, be on her own,… Read more »

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Post Script

We knew they were coming, arriving this morning a little after 11am.  A gentle knock on the front door followed by the undisciplined barking of our two dogs (I’m pretty good with kids, cattle, etc, but can’t for the life of me train a dog).  I happened to be in the house, grabbing a couple… Read more »