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Confused and Contented: On Gardening

Gardening is wholly mundane, but in a way that complements our pursuit of holiness and spirituality because it keeps us properly focused and disposed.

Wholeness and Gratitude: Working through Scott H. Moore’s How to Burn...

Moore insists that his book about farming is not exclusively about rural places: “the point is not even about farming . . . most of what I’ve said in this book is equally applicable to work in the office, factory, classroom, or home." Moore argues that in each of these locations, the human experience begins and ends with gratitude.

How Farms Differ From Factories

For farming to exist sustainably, even from an economic perspective, it must be re-imagined.

Tropical Fruits of the Lower Midwest

The maypop shows, however, that localism need not mean confining oneself to an austere and moralistic diet. If I cannot grow bananas and mangoes in the Ozarks, I can nonetheless harvest maypops.

Blessed With Triple Ds: A Dispatch from Dumb-Ass Acres

This is a description of small-town life and the help you can expect to receive from people not conditioned to give strangers the finger.

Guinea Fowl

Better dumb guineas than no guineas at all.

The Dirt on Resilience

I have come down with a severe case of confirmation bias. I count myself as one of those who believe that contact with the earth...

A Christmas Tree You Don’t Know Beans About

The locust tree is a rare symbol of Christmas and Easter as one.

The Beauty of the Unexpected

This year an unexpected autumn snow blanketed our farm.  In the days that followed, single-digit temperatures secured its place in the landscape, and another,...

Orchards

The presence of a mature orchard is a sign of the longevity of the farm and the temperance and patience of its farmers.