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The Family Farm

This is what the kids and I did today: let the chickens out, filled their feed troughs, broke the ice in their water dishes covered the greens with remay fixed a deer fence collected firewood & split kindling harvested usnia … Continue reading

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The Dying Time

This cold quiet November weekend. Persephone descends. Lifeforce retreats into the roots. Foliage lays browns on a bleak landscape. Seeds settle into rest, under the soil. Winter sets in the dying time. A dying that is integral to life. That … Continue reading

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The Tractor

I (Steve) have a real love/hate relationship with my tractor. For the last month it has sat forlorn in the field getting rained on, blown on and covered in leaves. You see that’s where it died. (Turns out the starter … Continue reading

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If you were a seed, I’d be a pod…Saving Seed (cont’d)

To be of the Earth is to know…the scattering of your seeds. John Soo, from Earth Prayers Some of the seeds we saved this season pretty much saved themselves, with us just standing nearby ready to catch and clean and … Continue reading

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The Pumpkin Patch

A Sooketoberfest celebration of Sooke soil, water, rock & sun in the glorification of the bountiful and voluptuous golden-orange summer sunshine pumpkin goodness. Come one, come all, rain or shine; dress for the weather and farmfield terrain. We got little … Continue reading

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The Damn Radios Don’t Work

In the birthing world, there is a phenomenon known quite well – that of the birth dream. It occurs across cultures, and is recognised and revered by many, though in our modern day western culture, it is often missed and … Continue reading

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Lions and Bears, oh my!

We have a male bear and a mama/cub pair who’ve all been coming through and around for the apples. we’ve electrified chicken pens and the part of the orchard that hasn’t been picked/come ripe yet, and so far, that has … Continue reading

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Big City Faeries

The newest creations from The Crooked Nail workshop! Two already sold and on their way to New York…

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When the cow jumps over the moon

The fork just ran away with the spoon, and we are left to eat with our hands… while there is still food to be had. because, see, food is going to be more expensive, and there will be a lot less of … Continue reading

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Supply Run

Spent the day off farm today. On errands. For supplies. Into the city, and the South Island beyond. So dramatic. Like Pa on his seasonal days-long wagon-run into Mankato, setting off up the dusty track of tree-lined road and over … Continue reading

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