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7 Ways to Balance Work & Parenting On The Family Farm

I gave birth to my son in July of the year we started Good Heart Farmstead.  Needless to say, he was our best crop that season. He’s also unknowingly dictated our work schedule ever since.  Being a farmer and a parent means balancing the needs of crops, customers, and children.  And yourself, too — self-care …

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We Made All This Together

I gave birth to my son, Waylon, 6 years ago today.   We were living in a yurt, and the only farm structures were a sheep barn/seed house, woodshed/outhouse, and yurt. The only “running” water came from a frost-free hydrant in the seedhouse in the middle of the field, and a squeaky hand pump in the …

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Organic Farming, Reciprocity, and Becoming Indigenous – What I’m Learning from the Abenaki

“Sustainability is an act of love.” These words projected on the screen behind Melody Walker Brook as she spoke of seeds, ceremony, relationship, and reciprocity. I’d gone to the NOFA-VT Winter Conference to speak in three different sessions, but I was most excited to listen.  Melody, an Abenaki artist, educator, and activist, was giving the …

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Planting garlic with kids

Planting Garlic with Kids: what can grow from soil & cloves

The clouds parted sometime in the night, and we woke yesterday morning to sun.  In the midst of fall rains, the morning reprieve invited us outside for the perfect fall day, and we accepted, garlic seed in hand.   I set to making furrows through composted beds while Waylon played on straw bales.  When the …

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