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organic farmer and zinnias: word of the year is connection

The Year of True Connection

Every year I choose a word of the year: 2017 was gentle; 2018 community; 2019 was alignment.   This year it’s connection.   Not just the surface connection of social media follows and likes — but true, deep-rooted, honest connection. Pulling back the layers, diving into the deeper aspects of farming, mothering, running a business, and what …

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the present farmer; how to live in the present

The Present Farmer

How to root into the present moment and cultivate a mindful life. A reader and fellow farmer recently emailed me and asked:   How do you practice being really “present” throughout the growing season, while juggling the farm and family, and all the creative endeavors in between? It’s such a good question.  We’ve all heard 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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