A few years ago I began to learn of about the benefits of vitamin D and the necessity of sun exposure for all humans. That was when I lived in the Pacific Northwest of the US, in the cloudy, rainy state of Oregon. Having grown up in California where most days are sunny, moving to… Continue reading Grateful for the Sun
Quince (in English) - Membrillo (in Spanish) - κυδώνι (in Greek) - is a very strange fruit, one that can be used in a variety of dessert-y ways. At the back of the farm there are several quince trees that now (in fall) are full of big, yellow fruits. Some of the fruits are spotted… Continue reading Garden Journal :: quince season
During the past 6 months Jona and I went from having one cat to five!! It has been a really fun experience, and we have both learned so much about cat behaviour and raising. Though at times I have wondered if we are crazy for keeping the entire litter of kittens born to our original… Continue reading Just for Fun :: kitten pics!
Just a week after the equinox I sit in the garden surrounded by pots and type out this blog post with the help of my cellphone. It is officially fall in the Southern Hemisphere and although the weather is getting cooler, gardening is far from over. Fall is a great time to plant and grow… Continue reading Garden Journal :: the transitional time
Life on a farm rotates betweens rewarding days and confusing days, at least for me anyway. Some days I feel like I achieved so much and perfectly balanced my work on the computer with my real life digging in the dirt. Other days I feel like I started a dozen projects but didnt actually accomplish… Continue reading Homesteader Diary :: So Many Baby Animals!!
A few months have past since I posted a garden update. I had a few topical articles I was eager to share about butterflies and ecology but this blog isn't only for talking about ecology - it's also about being a part of ecology. We all play a significant role in our local ecologies and… Continue reading Homesteader Diary :: Summer Garden Update
On November 4th our amazing cat, Kisu, gave birth to four beautiful kittens! I'm doing a bit of catch up on the blog so, though a little late, here is a picture from early December when they were about a month old:Growing up my family adopted many cats, but I always dreamed of raising a… Continue reading Our Kittens of 2020
After a few months of grazing a horse in the front pasture of this farm, Ringo (the horse) has been moved to another grassy field. This is our version of rotational grazing and gives the field a break to rest & recover and gives the flowers and grasses a chance to bloom. Ringo is currently… Continue reading Grazing for good
There is so much mystique around foraging in the wild, but for many of us finding the time or transportation limit our ability to go wildcrafting. There is always another option: foraging in nearby fields of even one's own backyard. Me foraging white clovers in a field in front of the farm where we work… Continue reading Backyard Foraging