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As Winter Settles In

"Most people who are coming into farming are doing it because it answers something really deep inside of them. It's not so different from being a writer or a painter or a dancer." ~Kristin Kimball of Essex Farm~ 

As winter settles in on Bossy Hen Homestead I am aware of the cold silence that settles over our property. We had an extended fall this year with temperatures hovering around 70 degrees F. on Christmas Eve but winter has suddenly appeared with a frosty bloom.

A chill wind will occasionally hiss through the forest just beyond our yard. Crows rarely break the contract of nature by calling to one another. Instead they just glide overhead from oak to maple, limb to naked limb. It is as though the forest herself were holding her breathe.

The hens are vocal in this cold weather emitting a low purr of sorts as I scatter seed for them to forage. Sometimes I think they chatter out of nervousness rather than having anything to really say, a bit like some people I know. T…

Roots of an Urban Farmer

I recently began blogging for Mother Earth News. My first post described our unique property and how I became an urban farmer. You can find the story here,

 It was one of the few times I had actually taken a moment to reflect upon the unexpected path my life has taken. I tend to be rather private and am wary of exposing myself on the internet but the more I thought about it the more I started thinking it may be of interest to you, the reader, to know a bit more about my history. Everyone likes a little glimpse into the lives of others from time to time, don't they?

If I really want to go back in time I suppose it should be no surprise that I am an urban farmer. My last name means "Wheat Acre". It refers to the plots of land that existed in English cities where wheat was grown for consumption by the residents of the densely populated areas. This is not to say that my…

The Importance of Urban Farming

"Urban farming is not only possible, it is crucial. But it can't be like the farming techniques of yore." ~Homaro Cantu~

I am not attempting to be dramatic by claiming that the majority of the worlds ills have to do with poverty. Whether they be financial, spiritual or ethical. I also believe that I would not be overstating a solution to these difficulties if I said that one very important step in the right direction would be empowering people with the ability to control a portion of their own food supply. 

There are some very basic requirements for survival. Food , arguably, being the most important. It is easy to forget this in the American fast food culture. Healthy, delicious food is radically important. It is a foundation of survival. It brings family together. It honors guest. There is a reason we "break bread" with those we care about. 

I grew up in a single parent household. We ate to consume. To fill our bellies. Food was not prepared with the intent of l…