Monday, December 5, 2016

While moving my little herd of fainting goats from their pen in the old bank barn, my pair of English Shepherds decided they would help me with the job. I had Blossom on a lead rope, easily moseying along, curious to see where I was taking her. She had her eye on the big pasture ahead, and the rest of my goats followed along like the herd animals they are.

All of his adult life, 32-year-old Randy has been working toward the goal of owning a farm. He and his wife bought 32 acres and built their house, hoping to later sell that land and buy his old family farm back with whatever profit they could gain.

A connection to a plot of ground is difficult to explain to others who have never experienced it, but for a dyed-in-the-wool farm kid, it needs no explanation.

Everyone has a story to tell, and once in awhile you meet someone who carries that story with such reverence that it serves as a simmering pot in which the foundation to reach a goal grows stronger with each passing year.

I have always enjoyed conversation with those who enjoy growing as well as hunting their own food. There is an insight that goes beyond the typical, because for each of them, this became a conscious choice at some point in their lives.

There are some things that get my attention, which I realize most people wouldn't even hear in random conversation. I was standing in line...

“I was a strong, hardworking woman raising a family, helping my husband with his business, mowing four acres of yard every week, gardening and holding a job. I felt like superwoman. But as time wore on, so did my health.”

— Janet DeCesare,

from Ticked Off

The barns of my childhood hold memories for me, nooks and crannies explored endlessly until they had become a part of our landscape.

Some can say that they come from a dash of royal heritage, others can claim a background family tree filled with military heroes. Me?...

“There were times we wondered how we kept from starving to death, but as long as mama had eggs from our laying hens after...
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