Tag Archives: Labor

Farm Life: Culling the Herd

Farms, as domestication of all things wild that we find useful, have biological and cultural carrying capacities. Eventually, the fruits, vegetables, and livestock require harvesting. The fruits and vegetables you want to harvest when they are ripe. Leave them too … Continue reading

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Farm Life: Fog (Haze) in August, Winter Forcast, 2021-22

This year’s Fog in August report is a little hazy, you could literally say. For the past few years, the confounding winter factor has been the temperature. We have had plenty of moisture, but warmer than usual temperatures. We ended … Continue reading

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Farm Life: Memorials

Back in the Spring, I received a couple of checks for my birthday. The Mrs. asked what I wanted to do with the birthday money. “Let’s go to the yard art place and look at some sculptures for the yard” … Continue reading

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Farm Life: Projects on Country Time

Here in the country things get done… when they get done. While we know that we will always be “come here’s” (even after owning our property 30 years, having a cabin for 28, and living here 18). However, we have … Continue reading

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Farm Life: Stimulus

During the past year, we have received various forms of economic stimulus funds. Some of these came in the form of federal bank deposits, and for those of us who work in health care, our paychecks were heftier as we … Continue reading

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From the Bookshelf: Farming While Black, Leah Penniman

Let’s start with a quiz to establish essential knowledge and philosophy for reading Mrs. Penniman’s “Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land” “Food Apartheid” is: a) a system of organizing one’s garden, pantry, and menu plans b) a system of … Continue reading

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Farm Life: The Food Industrial Agricultural Complex

I will admit that I think of gardening in our culture as a solitary activity. For many households, this might be a solitary family unit, but more likely one member of the family who enjoys being outside, tending to some … Continue reading

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Farm Life: First Cut

Now, I do wish to be clear that while working extra shifts at the hospital, we have had some time off.  With physical distancing, we have been keeping ourselves busy with preparing the garden, and wrapping up some winter projects.  … Continue reading

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92 Days of March

Some years ago, during one of his Lake Wobegon monologues, Garrison Keihler described March as God’s way of letting dry folks know what a hang-over is like.  This year I think we had a bender, stopped cold-turkey, and went into … Continue reading

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Farm Life: Time

In the country, we do not measure time by seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, years as some never-beginning and never-ending line.  No, but by cycles.  Dawn-day-dust-night.  Phases of the moon.  Season.  Planting-weeding-harvesting-preserving. Rut-gestation-birth-survival-growth-death.  With time, and practice, we develop routines … Continue reading

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