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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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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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Waylon with flower pot on his head: why he loves growing an organic garden

3 Reasons Everyone Should Grow an Organic Garden

I recently asked my 4-year-old son what his favorite part of growing up on a farm is and he replied: “Playing in the soil.  Eating carrots and spinach.” Of course, in full 4-year-old style, he acted each thing out charades-like before actually saying the words.  (We introduced him to charades this winter, and it’s now …

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Eat the Rainbow: Edible Flowers for Beautiful Meals

There’s a shortage of parents who tell children to eat their flowers. It’s always fruit and vegetables that get the glory of parental harping.  (And even though my 3-year-old son is growing up on a farm, there are still a handful of vegetables we have to convince him to eat—these days it’s potatoes and cooked spinach). …

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