August 29, 2016
The horse drawn mowing machine is a marvel of engineering. Imagine a pair of horses turning the energy of their walking into a reciprocal cutting motion able to drop acres of forage at a time without ever burning a drop of fossil fuel. And then consider that the forage being cut will fuel the horses that will in turn cut next year’s crop. What a beautiful concept! Since I’ve been mowing some everyday I’ve had lots of time to think about the workings of these marvelous machines.
August 30, 2016
Finding just the right cover crop-tillage combination for crops planted the last half of June has always been a real challenge in our location. While surface-tilling mature rye and vetch in May works well for fall crops established in July and August, this cover crop-tillage combo does not allow enough time for decomposition and moisture accumulation for end-of-June plantings.
August 24, 2016
When we ask a horse to follow us in the round pen we can help him succeed by varying things a bit – changing direction and speed frequently, stopping periodically to reward him with a rub (“a rub” or two, not 100), picking up a foot, playing with his tail/ears/mouth, etc. In other words, working at desensitizing or sensitizing him by simulating things he will experience in the future (trimming and shoeing, crupper, bridle over the ears, bit, etc.).
August 25, 2016
For the teamster who first and foremost just plain loves driving horses, hitching the team to a fully restored and well-oiled cultivator is a wonderful way to spend time with horses. For those intrigued by the intricacies of machines and systems, the riding cultivator offers endless opportunities for tweaking and innovation. And for those interested in herbicide free, ecologically produced vegetable and field crops, the riding cultivator is a practical and precise tool for successful cultivation.
August 26, 2016
Camembert is wonderful to make, even easy to make once the meaning of the steps is known and the rhythm established. Your exceptionally well fed, housed and loved home cow will make just the best and cleanest milk for this method. A perfect camembert is a marvelous marriage of flavor and texture. The ripening process is only a matter of a few weeks and when they’re ripe they’re ripe and do not keep long.
Sale ends September 4!
Why Farm (1997)
Farmer Pirates & Dancing Cows (2006)
Old Man Farming: Essays of a Rewarded Life (2014)
Mr. Miller has woven together a vital and engaging set of essays focused on organic farming, rural communities, small scale agriculture, animal-powered systems, local foods, young dreams, advantages of maturity and right livelihood. His writings are laced with anecdotes and asides gathered from four plus decades of working the land, listening to those who love farming and swatting at the flies of modern society. Provocative, insightful, inspirational.
the SNARE with Lynn Miller
August 23, 2016
A farmer’s hesitant fall weather forecast for US, guessed at from several sources and cobbed together with a view towards answering our seasonal question: What do I need to do to prepare for winter this year. Mid-Atlantic on up into New ...
August 6, 2016
ON THE FARM IN THE FIELD the days joined together, strung like beads on a necklace. All growth was a dream linking what had long slept in dark and damp to what might come to be, fed a warm soup ...
August 5, 2016
In recent New York Times article Moises Velasquez-Manoff revealed results of a new study which indicated that Amish men, women and children are much less likely to have asthma and allergy problems than most every other sector of the population. ...
At A Glance
August 30, 2016 • 12:17am
Astrologers say it is best to plant all things which yield above ground in the increase of the Moon and things which yield below ground when the Moon is decreasing.
“When we stop working with our hands, we cease to understand how the world really works.” — Clive Thompson
“I now suspect that if we work with machines the world will seem to us to be a machine, but if we work with living creatures the world will appear to us as a living creature.” — Wendell Berry
My Small Kitchen with Kristi Gilman-Miller
- 6 firm bananas
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup chopped nuts
Peel bananas, brush with lemon juice and place in greased baking dish.
Pour maple syrup over bananas.
Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees F) 15 to 18 minutes.
Sprinkle with nuts.
Coconut Bananas – Omit syrup and nuts. Roll bananas in coconut. Bake as above. Serve with orange sauce.
August Spotlight: Videos
A portrait of Maple Rock Farm and Hogstone’s Wood Oven, a unique farm and restaurant on Orcas Island where the farmers are the chefs, A Reverence for Excellence strives to be an honest portrayal of the patience, toil, conviction and faith required of an agrarian livelihood.
George Ziermann has been making custom measured, hand made shoes for 40 years. He’s looking to get out, but can’t find anyone to get in.
Sustainable is a documentary film that weaves together expert analysis of America’s food system with a powerful narrative of one extraordinary farmer who is determined to create a sustainable future for his community. In a region dominated by commodity crops, Marty Travis has managed to maintain a farming model that is both economically viable and environmentally safe.
John Erskine farms with horses in Sequim, WA.