Before the Winter Solstice

Before the Winter Solstice

A poem for this exact moment: Between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, Today I read a Korean poem with the line “Today you are the youngest you will ever be.” Today I am the oldest I have been. Today we drink buckwheat tea. Today I have heat in my apartment. Today...
A Farm Thanksgiving

A Farm Thanksgiving

Every year for Thanksgiving, I travel to a different place depending on which family members are in the area. My mother, two brothers, sister, and me have all hosted over the years. Each time is different and special. On one of my favorite Thanksgivings, I...
Moving On, But Staying Close

Moving On, But Staying Close

Hello all! For those of you who don’t know, at the conclusion of this year, my Assistant Manager for the past two years, the fabulous Ember Fleming, will be stepping into my role as Farm Manager at Stearns. I’m excited to move onto my new adventures,...
Those Frosty Nights

Those Frosty Nights

Last week, Mel and I prepared for the first frosty nights of the season. What we do typically depends on how low we expect the temperatures get and which crops are still in the fields. We had a range of veggies to protect. Many vegetables become damaged during a frost...
A Long, Slow Game

A Long, Slow Game

On Saturday, I was walking around the fields admiring the amount we’d already gotten into cover crop and feeling so good about the fact that we hadn’t double cropped very much land—that is, planted successive crops on the same land within the same...
Fall Cleaning

Fall Cleaning

Every May, you will often hear people talk about the importance of a good “spring cleaning”. At the farm, however, spring cleaning doesn’t really make sense since it is the time when we are pulling out everything we need to begin our season. Instead, we spend a...