Category: vt

Including tool sheds, sheep sheds, and the lik…

Including tool sheds, sheep sheds, and the like, we have 18 structures to care for at the farm. (And that doesn’t include the mobile coops!) it’s a gift to have all that infrastructure, and it’s also a juggling act of repair, maintenance, time, and resources. Many thanks to our friend Christian from @greenmountainangler for taking a break from river guiding to shore up the red barn before we head into winter. This building is over 200 years old, and I can’t believe the amount of work and skill that went into raising it, in a time before 60 foot lifts and power tools. It’s a monument to craftsmanship from another time. 🙌 https://jmcd.me/2zFCrEH

I started my first attempt at a pallet wood do…

I started my first attempt at a pallet wood door. It’s for the farm store. Because I perfectly and epically shattered the old one with a rock that shot out of the lawn mower. Always nice to have a reason to build something! 😊 https://jmcd.me/2JOZlxP

Jesse and Miranda test drove our shiny new sor…

Jesse and Miranda test drove our shiny new sorting chute today, and gave every member of the flock a careful look over. Both shepherds agree this is a vast improvement over every other method we’ve tried! You know I love cobbling things together, but… sometimes it’s nice to be the beneficiary of someone else’s well-honed designs. 👌🐑 https://jmcd.me/2DrxALH

A woman’s place is in the driver’s seat. 💪 ht…

A woman’s place is in the driver’s seat. 💪 https://jmcd.me/2QRbkNL

Points to my uncle for using his bulldozer to …

Points to my uncle for using his bulldozer to double as squash and gourde storage. Homestead innovation 👌 https://jmcd.me/2OkSAsB

The sheep have very happily bid farewell to th…

The sheep have very happily bid farewell to the hot, humid weather, and seem reinvigorated in their grazing duties. Miranda even saw some of the adult ewes jumping, and leaping like their lambs a few days ago. Everyone on the farm feels the seasons changing. We even paused for long enough to have a veritable farm meeting yesterday, and planned through the next few days, weeks, and months. The summer to do list is won and lost. What a relief that Mother Nature to turn the page on our behalf. https://jmcd.me/2MVhxpD

These guys are busily working the fall flowers…

These guys are busily working the fall flowers, building up their stores. Summer colors for a little longer yet… https://jmcd.me/2DsB4hG

A quick September harvest, collected in my mom…

A quick September harvest, collected in my mom’s shirt. https://jmcd.me/2wUs6Dh

Don’t think I’ve ever quite seen a cayenne sky…

Don’t think I’ve ever quite seen a cayenne sky like this one—last night’s showing in the barnyard. Fare well, August. https://jmcd.me/2C5AdTm

I can’t quite describe the feeling of walking …

I can’t quite describe the feeling of walking into your kitchen and finding a bounty of sunflowers left by some of your dearest friends. We’ve had a loss in our family recently. (Jesse, the kids and I are all fine.) To all of our friends who have circled around us, bringing us food, hugs, whiskey, and more whiskey—it means so much to us. To Miranda, Hannah, Casey, and Kit for keeping the farm humming along, we love you all. It is a strange sensation—feeling all the fiery warmth of the beloved connections still around us, contrasted with the one we’re missing. Thanks to all of you who tip the scales toward love when you see grief. 🌻 https://jmcd.me/2BBUuj1