farming

Fences, Vines, Bees, and Huge Chickens

fence June 22, 2014
Hidden Springs Lane. We’re building fence this summer. I purchased 150 eight foot posts and we’ve been slowly planting them. We’re putting a paddock in the front and a larger one in the back. But before doing that, I put…
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Dispatches from the Barn Jester and Purveyor of Haufenmist

horse-manure-bruce-ritchie June 17, 2014
Be worthy of your place.
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Too Much Magic: A Half Report

download May 28, 2014
He’s no hack.
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Bar Jester Five-O

heartfire November 20, 2013
What does a man do at the half-century mark? What he damn-well pleases.
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Luck’s a Chance, But Trouble’s Sure Redux

earth-day-urban-farming-chicago_51626_600x450 October 2, 2013
I have bad news.
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History as Parable

Fur_traders_in_canada_1777 September 18, 2013
History is never merely history.
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How to Write History and Practice Bourbon Politics

Carson April 17, 2013
But as a gesture of good faith he agreed to limit himself to a quart a day.
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The Barn Jester Steps In It

cow pies April 9, 2013
Those who think "nostalgia" is a bad word marking a bad sentiment can pucker my yonder socket.
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Where Will You Die?

stone January 6, 2013
Hidden Spring Lane. “I plan on dying here.” The words came quite unbidden and surprised me. We were in the process of building a house on a few acres in northern Virginia. The builder and I were discussing some detail…
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Memory and the Damming State

shoreline November 12, 2012
The family’s life in this village had come to an end when the lake was dammed in 1958. One wonders who would consider such things worth it.
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The Lamb Shank Redemption

194465 June 27, 2012
Behold! A lamb of God, which taketh away the hunger of the day.
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Chicken Erotica and the Venus Transit: Who Loses?

300px-Venus_transit_2012_Minneapolis_TLR1 June 5, 2012
No one. But that awaits demonstration.
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Getting the Garden Going, One Baby-Step at a Time

friendsgarden May 8, 2012
[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] This academic year Friends University found itself wondering what to do with a plot of land, directly beside and behind some student dormitories. Through a fortuitous combination of variables (the discovery of some left-over money…
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On Being a Worthy Heir of the Agrarian Contrarians

666 May 2, 2012
But, as Shakespeare wrote, we sometimes “by indirections find directions out.”
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Devolution, Triviality, and Vocation

industrialism April 17, 2012
The God of nature is merely an amiable expression.
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Luck’s a Chance, But Trouble’s Sure

jed_clampett April 3, 2012
We’re still exercising our certain unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of hypermobility.
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