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A Grief Deferred

  “ “We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program…I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for. Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.” –C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed.   I lost a goat a few weeks ago. It is likely […]

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Lord Willin’ and the Creek Don’t Rise

This is not the blog post I had intended to write about pigs. I had hoped the rain would offer me a chance to crank out 500 words or so about my feelings about pigs: their intelligence, raising them, butchering them, hunting them, moral conflicts, and the like. Instead, this is a story about what […]

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“Super” Tuesday

Gun control. Tax rates. Terrorism…even with this “Super Tuesday” now at a close, these issues will continue to dominate the political debate from now through November, at which point 60% of us will decide our next President. No candidate, I suspect, will deign to mention farm or food policy. With the exception of the obligatory […]

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Mom’s Musings on Loch Holland Farm

Over the last week of the year, my mother and father were generous enough to mind the farm so that Claire and I could take some much needed time off with some friends out in East TN. My mom spent some time turning her thoughts on the experience to poetry and was kind enough to […]

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An Unwanted Visit from the Travel Bug…part 2

“A culture is not a collection of relics or ornaments, but a practical necessity, and its corruption invokes calamity. A healthy culture is a communal order of memory, insight, value, work, conviviality, reverence, aspiration…It clarifies our inescapable bonds to the earth and to each other.” – Wendell Berry, the Unsettling of America.   From my […]

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Beyond Tired

When I began this blog late last winter, I would have been offended by the suggestion that I would have only completed half a dozen blog posts by Christmas. But, here we are. I would have expected my gut reaction to be, “What the hell happened? Did I really schedule weekly writing time and fail […]

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We Have Pork!

Alright, this blog took a major down turn this summer (as in, I neglected to post anything for months). Suffice it to say, I learned that farming July – September can be fairly miserable. There are a ton of posts that will be going up in the coming weeks to get caught back up on […]

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Just Some Pictures of Baby Animals

Enjoy these photos of our baby animals. You’ll find a picture of Chloe (our Pyrenees) with Melian along with photos of Crystal with her twins, Luthien and Miriel. There’s also one of our 5 red wattle piglets, and to cap it all off, a few photos of Chloe’s litter of 6 adorable baby Pyrnees.   […]

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Calm, Composed, and Always Prepared

  Calm. Composed. Prepared. These three words have never, to my knowledge, been used to describe me. As a matter of fact, the only accurate usage of these three words in relationship to me would be out of disbelief, “Wow, you’ve prepared for this.” I’m prone to habitual tardiness, procrastination, and “winging it.” Moreover, I’ve […]

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An Unwanted Visit From the Travel Bug…part 1

At some point, my past was bound to cach up with me. In the past seven years I have been incredibly privileged in my opportunities to see and experience the world. I’ve studied abroad for brief periods in two countries—Italy and Argentina (two times)—I volunteered with an NGO in Nicaragua and briefly visited Uruguay, and I lived […]