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Christmas on the Farm

Christmas on the Farm

My 4 year old granddaughter spent an hour arranging the Nativity that takes a front and center spot in our living room during the holidays. It was a gift to have her so engrossed in “The reason for the Season” and quite frankly I was overjoyed to have an hour to my own decorating. I glanced over at her from time to time and saw her unwrapping each piece so slowly and carefully. The arranging came next and totally consumed her. She asked for a chair and not a word came out of her for the next 45 minutes. Wow, I thought, this must be special to her. When she finished we moved on to cookie making. It wasn’t until later I thought I’d take a look at her work. I assumed I would need to collect all the Nativity pieces and animals and put them in order(no complaints as I was still thankful for the hour of distraction it provided). When I saw what she had done(see pic) I couldn’t move a thing. I was touched by her interpretation of that special night.

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I know the farm is a very special place for children and I am thankful everyday for the opportunity to share it with so many.

From all of us at the Farm we wish you the Happiest of Holidays and a Blessed New year.

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A Bountiful Season (December 24,2012)

As I take an early morning walk around the farm I hear and feel the crunch of snow under my feet and know we have freezing temps. Whats left in the field will soon be done but what a great fall it’s been.

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Our harvest on December 23,2012

Our CSA(community Sponsored Agriculture) started for working members in May. Baskets of fresh organic produce where overflowing by June 1. This season has been especially bountiful. Yesterday(December 24) I harvested brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and carrots from our last, late planting in early September. Who would have thought? I will make history this year by serving our own fresh picked produce for Christmas dinner. I remember thinking we were probably wasting time when we made that last planting. I sure am glad we did it anyway. It is amazing what can grow in the Midwest with just a bit of row covering, especially these last couple years of mild temps.
Nature takes care of us here on the farm- what we lost in the spring to early high temps and then freeze and then drought we have made up for in the fall bounty. It always seems to go this way; something does abundantly well while another area suffers production. This year the heat loving crops did great(the tomato family, cucumbers, sweet potatoes)and the early cold crops were mostly lost. Green beans suffered from the drought but when the rain came they took hold and produced well. The Fall cold crops have been outstanding and like I mentioned have made up for the spring losses. There is never a dull moment when working with nature which is one of theĀ  greatest things about farming.

Winter will soon claim our fields but the sun is still shining and new things are growing in our Hoop House, a new and exciting addition to the farm this winter. Stay tuned for more…

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