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snowy field and forest at Good Heart Farmstead

The Journey Between Seasons

Yesterday the snow finally came in big flakes, turning the hard bare landscape soft and quiet. This year’s transition from brilliant autumn colors to snowy winter was a long one. This first snow reminds me: We don’t know how long the journey between seasons will be. We don’t know how many days will be the […]

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Organic weed-free straw helps control weeds organically in the garden

Self-Sufficiency Doesn’t Exist

“Did your parents think you were crazy for doing this?” A friend asked me this the other day, talking about the farm and our early years living in a yurt with no running water.   “I don’t think so…at least they haven’t said that out loud to me,” I told her.  “But when I think back

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female farmer cultivating in the field

Field Notes From The Pandemic Summer

“You just need to go with the flow,” Edge said the other morning as we tried to get a 5 minute conversation in before breakfast ended.   The lack of structure to our homeschool routine (or, more accurately, non-routine) had me frustrated and second-guessing just how possible running a farm while homeschooling really is.  Not to

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