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Swarm Season!

Swarm Season!

I was doing some things outside the barn the other day when I heard a very loud humming sound, and looked up to see a dark mass hovering over our bee hive boxes. I’d seen this before and knew what to do. Quick action was needed. Luckily I had my phone with me. “Joe,...

Slow Living Challenge – Week #5 – Nature

Slow Living Challenge – Week #5 – Nature

It's a widely accepted and well studied notion that our modern way of life has created a disconnect between humans and the natural world, and this affects our health and well-being. Our direct interaction with the sun and wind, the weather, the seasonal shifts, water...

Sustainable Living; Nature Heals

Sustainable Living; Nature Heals

We’ve banned plastic straws, bought our reusable water bottles, and become expert thrift shoppers. We’ve learned that small changes in our lifestyle can have mighty impacts on the environment. But did you know that contributing to the health of the planet will not...

Sustainable Fall Fruits, Farmed and Foraged

Sustainable Fall Fruits, Farmed and Foraged

It's time for apples, pears and pumpkins, our seasonal favorites!  But how do we choose the most sustainable of these mass produced products?  Although farm-grown and pick-your-own options are becoming much more available in certain areas, many people are still...

6 Reasons You Should NOT Eat Local

6 Reasons You Should NOT Eat Local

There’s a lot of talk about eating local these days, but as with anything else, it’s not for everybody. Here’s a list of reasons why you might be one of those who’ll want to think twice about this.  You should not eat local if; 1) You like your food well traveled.  ...

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Mo Moutoux at Moutoux Orchard

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Mo Moutoux at Moutoux Orchard

We are so excited to introduce Mo this week, not only as our Lady Farmer Spotlight but as one of our dynamic workshop leaders for the upcoming Lady Farmer Slow Living Conference Retreat, Nov. 9th-11th, 2018. She will be helping attendees plan for cultivating healthy...

Lady Farmer Visits Polyface Farm in Swoope, VA

Lady Farmer Visits Polyface Farm in Swoope, VA

We were so excited to be a part of “Free Range Saturday” a few weekends ago at Polyface Farm in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley outside of Staunton, Virginia. The day started with an Artisan Market during which we were able to share our Lady Farmer story and goods...

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Amanda at Plow and Stars Farm

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Amanda at Plow and Stars Farm

Farming challenges me intellectually, physically and spiritually, every year and every season. I can't imagine another profession where I could be learning every moment, where every year is another layer of the onion, an invitation to go deeper, do more, learn more....

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Lauren at Bloomsbury Farm

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Lauren at Bloomsbury Farm

Being a lady farmer in my community has opened up opportunity for me to share my story, put food on many tables, and be a listener and provider. Lauren holds a bachelor’s in social work and a master’s in management. She couples her background in social work with a...

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Arden at Great Day Gardens

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Arden at Great Day Gardens

I am Arden (sometimes known as Garden) Jones and I live on a farm owned by my family in Bedford County, Virginia. I am farming 1 acre with my husband Michael and several seasonal employees (all young ladies this year!). We raise mixed vegetables for market and a small...

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Eva at Heartstrong Farm

Lady Farmer Spotlight: Eva at Heartstrong Farm

Eva is a young and beginning farmer growing produce, flowers, and herbs in the Piedmont of North Carolina, along Highway 64 near the town of Staley. She currently owns and operates Heartstrong Farm by herself, marketing mainly through a CSA as well as local farmers...

Reflections On Winter Planting

Reflections On Winter Planting

We planted garlic this week, one of the few gardening chores for December. After the flurry of fall with harvesting, preserving and clearing out for winter, it has the luxury of my focus. The prepared beds with the lovely, waiting soil feel spacious, uncluttered and...