Week 27: Autumn Rains and Clean-Up Between

This week was quite rainy.  With only a few breaks this week, we struggled to put in a full day and have done a fair amount of waiting. This week started out with clean-up around the house.  David and I were anticipating a guest for a few overnights during the week.  The day was cold... Continue Reading →

Week 26: A Different Kind of Work

As the autumn days push cool air through the valley, I can't help but to reflect to the parallels of springtime. Comfortable days, lots of work - but also plenty of time to do it - and preparation for the upcoming year. Our visits to the hospital garden will soon be coming to a close.... Continue Reading →

QotW 13

Squash WisdomRays of low November sun glint through greenhouse glass. The air outside is crisp and smells of Earth going to sleep. Leaves blanket the ground in beautiful bronzes, ambers and rusts. In the warmth of the greenhouse, I methodically schoop the hull-less seeds from the squash named "Buschol Kurbis, Curcubita pepo. My skin is... Continue Reading →

Week 25: Autumn Equinox and the End of the Season

This week marked the official turn of the seasons. The weather has become consistently cooler and the completion of the final Heirloom Harvest dinner have begun the transition for fall. Monday I spent my day working on items for a dinner with Carina. I started off by making a venison stock. Meanwhile I made a... Continue Reading →

Week 24: Just the Beginning (of Fall Clean-up)

The nature of the tasks this week were such that taking pictures wasn't quite as practical as usual. Don't fret, there will be plenty more cool things to see as the season progresses. Monday started with the usual trip to the hospital garden.  The harvests have been slowly dropping off so I spent my time... Continue Reading →

Week 23: Autumn is Coming

This week marked the transition of the seasons here at Pepperfield. We have now moved from huge harvests into huge cleanup and the temperature has been cooling off too. Monday, I shucked corn to be used for seed saving as well as winter food supply. Later on, I left to go pick up my mother... Continue Reading →

Week 22: Good Eats!

The season here at Pepperfield is winding down. We've just begun the Heirloom harvest dinners and are in the process of closing down the gardens. Monday was quite busy. I started early in the morning working on some of the tomato sauces for the upcoming Seed Savers Exchange annual tomato tasting. This occupied most of... Continue Reading →

The Purpose: Why I Came to Pepperfield (Revisited)

This is the recent featured story on Rettlers. After some edits, I have revisted this post to make it more comprehensive and concise. It’s hard to place the origin - both a time and the foundation - of my purpose for coming to Pepperfield. But, it began quite some time before my arrival and has... Continue Reading →

Week 21: (To Answer Last Week’s Question) Yes, it has

The summer season has flown by. The harvest have drastically decreased as the plants transition for winter. Monday was rainy so I went with David at the crack of dawn to the hospital garden. We did a quick harvest of tomatoes, kale, chard, cucumbers and squash before heading home for breakfast. Later, I left with... Continue Reading →

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