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Sorry for the lapse in posts folks. After a few hospital stays, Our daughter, Nora, came 5 weeks early on June16. (Over a MONTH ago! How can this be?!)
She had a short stay in the ICU but is home, beautiful and healthy!

She doesn’t sleep much at night, and my son is only 15 months, so farming has come to a screeching halt. Theres always next season, right?!

Until next time,

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This is a question we’ve been asked a lot lately. With our baby just 7 weeks old, and both Rich and I working “real” jobs, people wonder how we do our farm gig as well. I know there are lots of you out there that are just as busy, just maybe with different interests. And like everyone else, we make it work, because we love it. So, to give you a glimpse of a typical day, here is how we do it:

After work, we make dinner, then run outside and do our chores until it’s too dark to see. We come in, bath time for baby boy, and off to bed. Repeat.



But without a doubt, this is my favorite part of the day. And we can’t wait until this is our “real job”.



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As you can imagine, things have been mighty busy around these parts, what with the new baby, two humungous new high tunnels (full blog post on them to follow), and all the other shenanigans life throws at you. Thus, I’ve neglected to update the ol’ blog. Forgive me.

First, our little man is going on 6 weeks old already! Can you believe it?! Me neither.


Second, our high tunnels are amazing, and a little intimidating. They should be completed in a week or two. Then, our new flock of chickens will be moved from our awesome neighbor Mel’s barn, into a tunnel to turn and fertilize the soil for awhile.099

We have gotten some things done in the field. The peas are coming up beautifully, as are the onions and garlic. We just got greens, radishes and carrots planted. I’d like to say having a new baby, and recovering, is the only reason we’re farther behind than we’d like to be (which is true!), but the weather hasn’t cooperated very well, either. It’s rained so much that the beds are just mud pits. When we do get a nice day, everything remains too wet to plant. So, as farming goes, we wait for Mother Nature to take the lead.




Our next planting day we’ll hopefully get the cold crop seedlings (cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc) in the ground, and the seed potatoes. I have the warm weather seedlings (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant) started, and they seem to be doing well. Now, we just need warm weather!


We also made the new feeders for the 5 chickens we have at our place. It seems to be working well. It’s minimized labor, and reduced what feed the chickens waste. And they were easy to make!


That’s about it for now! Thanks for checking in!


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He’s 12 days old today, and by far the best thing that’s ever happened to us!!

Delivery and recovery have been quite smooth. And he’s a terrific baby, so transition to home has been great. I took him on his first stroll in the garden yesterday…


Hard to tell, but I think he likes it. 🙂

Thank you to all of you for the thoughts, prayers, and well wishes.

We are truly blessed.

-Rich and Linde

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1. The baby chickens are getting big! Nearly a month old! (Photos courtesy of neighbor Mel, my baby chick care taker)

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2. Our Baby Seedlings are moving right along! I moved the cold-tolerant seedlings to our 3 season room today to start the hardening-off process.

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3. And FINALLY Baby Collingwood is officially scheduled for arrival on March 21st, in the evening!! Woohoo! We’re ready! Wish me luck!


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Okay, not HERE, exactly, but they are three doors down at my neighbor Mel’s place. If you recall, she’s an angel kind of neighbor, and agreed to keep our babies until after OUR baby gets here. I know, we have the best neighbors ever.

Anyway, I waddled my way over there to snap a couple pictures and cuddle a few fluffy little fuzz balls. They’re so darn cute. And just think in 4 months or so, they’ll be providing a whole bunch of families with fresh, healthy eggs! We ended up with 13, (a bakers dozen, if you will), because the hatchery has a “meal maker” deal that they give you an extra chick for free if you agree to donate eggs or meat to a local food shelter. I have the contact information for an emergency food pantry not too far from here, so I hope to arrange a weekly donation of extra produce and a dozen (or more) eggs once things are in full swing.

So, without further ado, enjoy these pictures of the babies! 🙂

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Let me start by saying, I can’t wait for my baby to get here!! 🙂

The nursery is prepped, I’m big, partially immobile, and baby is kicking like a champ! We can’t wait to meet him!

Then I’ll say, I’m feeling stifled, and a tad frustrated today. Normally, I sail through this time of year cleaning seedling trays, organizing seeds, and generally being excited about the upcoming season. This year, I’m 8 months pregnant, and all that business requires energy that I just don’t have. *harumph* So I’m pouty.

I’m told it’s totally normal to feel like a big, ol’ lump during this time of pregnancy. What I wasn’t prepared for was the weird brain numbness you get. I just can’t remember anything! And then there’s the cold, and the snow, and the inability to get up off the couch without assistance. For a Type-A, usually-has-it-all-together, always-on-the-move type of gal, this whole business is a tough pill to swallow.

So, I laid in bed last night ruminating on all the things I need to do in preparation for the spring. There’s a ton, and I’m certain I won’t remember them all. But, for therapeutic reasons, I figured I would share some of them here, and perhaps my readers might have suggestions and tips on ways of reducing my workload prior to and just after Baby gets here. So here goes!


1. Separate Rhubarb Crowns: I have beautiful rhubarb that’s been here, probably as long as the house has. Unfortunately, when we had our roof put on, the roofers didn’t seem to care about the crowns, and trampled them….seriously trampled them…I’m praying not to death. The soil needs re-worked because it’s now compacted, and the crowns are large and over-stuffed, so as soon as they start to come out of dormancy, I’d like to split the crowns, and rejuvenate the soil. *Fingers crossed there’s anything left of them*

2. Prepare chicken accessories for the high tunnel: I’ve been wracking my brain on the best way to accommodate all the new girls coming in a few months, that will be housed in one of our tunnels. It’s the perfect set up. They work the soil, kill the sod and bugs, and fertilize, while I recover. Come fall, we can move them to the other tunnel,  prep the soil, and plant cover crop. But, we need nesting boxes, waterers, roosts, etc., for them to be able to stay in there. As today is my day off, I’ve spent a significant time googling, and here’s what I’ve come up with:

Nesting boxes:






All portable, and temporary. Perfect for high tunnel chickens! Now, just to come up with a clever watering system.

3. Figure out how to water plants in the high-tunnel: We have enough drip tape for one high tunnel, but the nearest water source is 300 feet away. That’s a lot of garden hose to stretch across the yard. So, I’m trying to figure out a rain catchment/watering system that doesn’t involve water from the faucet. Keeping in mind that we also don’t have electric run either. I’m thinking rain barrel, drip tape, solar-powered pump. I don’t have it quite together yet, though. Anyone have ideas?!

4. Usual chores: And of course, I won’t be able to run the tiller, shovel, bend over, or just be useful overall, until about June. Way too late in the season to start bed prep, and get seedlings planted. So, we either miss out on A LOT of things I like to grow, or I find volunteers/inexpensive help to take over where I can’t once the weather breaks. (I think this is the most nerve-wracking part for me!)

5. General prep: Regardless of how tired I am, I need to get off my hind-end and get the pots/trays washed up, the grow lights set up, and my seeds organized. Because, although I don’t have enough brain power to remember exactly when I’m supposed to start everything, I know there are a few things (onions, leeks, celery, eggplant) that will need started sooner, rather than later.

123Last year’s onion sprouts dated 2/29/12 *sigh*

Well, I think those are the most recent farm-related things weighing on my mind. And now I feel better. 🙂 Thanks for humoring me.

*I’m open to suggestions for ways to reduce labor this coming growing season, so if you have any tips or tricks, please share!

**We’re also accepting volunteers!!


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