I'm a mom.
Most days I fall flat on my face.
I'm a mom.
Juxtaposition is cultures/species/ideas placed in close proximity, thereby creating a contrasting effect that results in comparison.Read More
In addition to waiting for the snow to finally stop falling and melt from our fields, my dear husband and I have also been waiting to become pregnant: a journey that feels equally powerless and beautiful.
The waiting is not easy but I’m learning to lean in.Read More
Five years ago I was ready to sell. It was hard. It was no fun anymore. After learning how to nurture soil health and trying to mimic nature, I started observing and fell in love with my land, my animals, my environment.Read More
I loved the physical act of working the land--the lines on my palms caked with soil, the great and satisfying sound a carrot makes when you pull it from the earth.Read More
I chuckle to myself when people say to me "You are so lucky to be a farmer!" or "I would love to do what you are doing!". Yes, I do feel lucky but also know that their romantic version of farming is far from reality.Read More
I’ve found that farming commands an unparalleled level of commitment and intestinal fortitude. You don’t just start a farm overnight and you certainly don’t make it a viable one on inspiration alone.Read More
I wish people understood the false sense of cheap, the full cost of their superficial fickleness, the depth of manipulation behind so many of our food provisioning traditions. The reality of just how much time cooking real food actually takes, how it is possible to eat better on less money, and how important agriculture is to the foundation of our society. And how fragile our water future is.Read More
Farming is not a man’s job. Farming is not for the old and poor. Farming presents a means to feed yourself, family and community - Christabel Afrane, Ghanian farmer and business womanRead More
I come from long lines of german farmers, including PA dutch farmers. Stern. Strong. Hardworking, no bullshit farmers.Read More
To us, farming means finding ways to continuously adapt to life’s ebbs and flows. It means always being a student. It means no 9-5 schedule or snow day ever. It means the rest of life pauses for a sick animal, birth, or emergency. It means dirty Carhartts and scratched up hands. It means calling the shots only as much as nature allows.Read More
"I dearly love farming, it is in my blood and I believe in a particular system of farming which regenerates soil, biodiversity and people. But people and profitability do need to be at the heart of this farming system for it to be truly sustainable!"Read More
This fall, our harvest was plentiful enough to supply both our family and my in-laws with enough produce, pork and lamb to give us many well rounded meals. Farming has given us the freedom to eat like kings while staying true to our budget, and more importantly, to our values.Read More
an essay by Kellen Kaiser about her godmother, Helen Wagner, a farming pioneer of the first lesbian woman-owned ranch in the United StatesRead More
“Being persistent is a must. There are days you don’t want to do the dirty work, but you must. There’s jobs I’ve had to tackle over and over again, and without persistence I would never have conquered them.”Read More
Start where you are - an essay by Anne BeckerRead More
Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink - an essay by Sarah CassidyRead More
I am my Mother’s garden.
I am her legacy-
And I hope today she feels the love
reflected back from me
"I'm starting to think that about 50% of farming is shoveling. There's also a fair amount of paperwork and accounting."Read More
"I think the key to our future generations’ support of women in farming is for our children to be taught what farming actually is and to see that it is truly a viable vocation for women. "Read More