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February 2016
A time for rest. I’d say our growing season is o v e r. Ha, well past over. With the solstice behind us, the sun is growing stronger every day which is rather exciting for us gardeners and our pasture-grazing friends. Still, it IS winter and with that comes an appreciated reprieve from our outdoor projects, well most of them anyway. This time of year our outdoor activities include: barn chores-taking care of our alpacas, geese, and chickens (who are keeping warm in their barn down the hill); ice skating on the goose pond; snow shoeing & tree trimming; blowing our driveway; and some good old ice fishing. What a treat it is when Steve comes home with some fresh fish for dinner. Taking a breath, taking a pause, embracing the season. And beneath the winter snow is life waiting to be reborn.

March 2016
There are signature signs of spring at The Farm. The warmer temperatures melt the snow and the frozen layers of last year carrying within them the potential for renewed life and a fresh beginning. The air has a freshness, a crispness, and a warmth that we welcome with grateful smiles and open arms. Our alpacas are nibbling on last year's grass uncovered by the snowmelt, and our gray toulouse geese are taking their spring baths in the goose pond down the hill. The sunset in the west is making it's journey across the horizon where it will peak in June and set just over the lake creating spectacular evening boat and canoe rides. Our driveway is quite the quagmire with the ground thawing, but the sun's warmth, the spring winds, and the ground filtration will dry and filter out the moisture within the next few weeks. 
But perhaps our favorite sound of spring is the first "HONK" bellowing across the sky bringing with it the first sighting and the annual return of The Canada Goose. Before long they are arriving in flocks, flying overhead, flying so close that we can hear their wings flapping. On The Farm we all take a pause to welcome their return. 
And, of course, springtime is Maple Syrup Season! It is the beginning of March and our trees are tapped and sapping. We decided to tap five trees which will give us enough of sap to boil down into a few gallons of 100% pure maple syrup. It takes about 20-25 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon of syrup. Steve's great grandparents planted these maples over 40 years ago and during spring clean up we uncovered Eddie's old stove from his wood working shop; a well preserved cast iron wood burning stove. We are excited use his stove for the refining process this year. 
If your interested, you can watch the "how to tap a maple tree" video on our YouTube channel. And since we've had many questions about how we make our maple syrup we decided to create a video of our refining process and will be adding it to our YouTube Channel in the coming weeks. Just click on the YouTube icon below or search "Nature's Economy" on the YouTube site. Thank you for visiting!

April-June 2016
"This old world is filled with wonders. But, to me, there's no place more wonderful than a farm in springtime. When the sun is just lifting on the skyline. The air is so sweet and everywhere you look little miracles are happening. Buds swell into blossoms. Eggs hatch. Young are born. Everything's off to a fresh start and life is good and busy and brand new." -Charlotte's Web

What more is there to say. Spring is a glorious time of year on The Farm. Just like these vibrant crab apple blossoms on the tree just across our old gravel driveway, we are budding with possibility.

Along with planting our vegetable and herb gardens, expanding our alpaca pasture, and raising our new baby chicks, we will also be introducing two honey bee hives. Already, we have learned so much about these fascinating pollinators. The queen bee, the worker bees and the drones all serve different purposes in their colony and depend on one another to ensure a healthy hive, a sustainable community. A big thank you to Mark Muldrow, beekeeper and owner of Sweet Bee Honey, for his mentoring. Mark, we appreciate you.

Each time we embark on a new adventure out here we get a deeper glimpse into Nature's Economy, witnessing and particiating in it's beautiful design. Nature is one of our family's greatest teachers and we are so grateful to be a part of it.

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July - September 2016
The seasons blend together so beautifully, we find ourselves having to make a conscious effort to acknowledge that today marks the first day of summer, the longest day of the year. Butterflies are beginning to show themselves, the Canada goslings are shedding their down and unfurling their gently tucked feathers. The field, garden, and all plant life is bursting at the seam and growing before our very eyes. We are in the throes of, in the height of new growth, of life emerging into its fullness. Welcome.

October - November 2016
The seasons have changed. It is autumn, my favorite time of year. Grabbing jackets to take our evening walks, enjoying a  warm ‘cuppa tea’ in the afternoons, watching the farmers harvest the soy beans, experiencing the deeply appreciated reprieve from the mosquitoes…..we are embracing the season and every  moment we are together as a family.
Our garden is still producing abundant food. 'Tis the season for baking zucchini bread and freezing tomatoes. 
The geese are beginning to move again, after a long summer of raising their young and teaching them all the things that a goose needs to know. They will begin the great migration soon and we will await their return next spring.

December 2016 - March 2017
Winter is here and the cold weather always makes our family grateful that we have a warm home to live in during the frigid winter months. Watching the wildlife outside our window sparks intrigue and amazement at their resilience through these extremely cold temperatures. In this moment, I am watching a squirrel nibble on an over ripened apple that we tossed under the cedar row just out our kitchen door. One person's old apple is another squirrel's treasure.
The winter season is a fantastic time to work on cozy alpaca scarves, rugs, and other fleece creations for our friends and customers.  I just completed a Windy scarf using the hand/finger knitting technique. No tools required. A tradition that has probably been around for a very long time. 
The couple that processes our fibers in Utah is finishing up another order. We will have some exciting natural on natural blends and a few bumps of colorful silk interwoven through our alpaca yarn. Very fine indeed. Thank you Spinderella's!
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season filled with joy and love. May your days be merry and bright.

 

 

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