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 →

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 →

Magnifying the Magnificence of the Mundane

Imagine… The crisp air lightly brushes against my skin. Rays of the afternoon sun beam down with glorious intensity bathing me in a contrast of deep warmth. Each step through the lawn is met by the gentle rustle of grass under foot, almost like a broom running across an old wood floor. With each step... Continue Reading →

Week 7: Spring Smackdown

I tore out of the gate this Monday after a leisurely breakfast with the crew and Jim, the maple syrup guy. (He usually stops in on Mondays and the last time I reported this I mistakenly called him Dave). I began at the hospital garden with transplanting which took the better half of the morning.... Continue Reading →

Week 6: Its Begining to Look a lot Like Springtime

David has aptly named the month of May and June spring planting. We began the week at the hospital garden. Our full crew, David, Ellis, Birte and myself, spent the day on cleanup in the garden. Some of it involved shoveling excess dirt away from the paths. We tore through the work and left soon... Continue Reading →

Never Give Up, Just Try: Planting the Future through Perseverance

The simplest, maybe easiest, approach to dealing with anything is to not try. Surrendering is appealing to some because it requires no further effort. This can be compounded if the fight or battle against or with someone or something repeatedly ends up unsuccessful. Striving to actually “do”, whether it be in life, work or any... Continue Reading →

Week 5: 5000 Pounds of Manure

Monday commenced early in the morning with a pre breakfast shoveling of horse manure. Once I finished that I moved onto pruning apple trees. I spent most of my day on this until Korbin came by and helped plant some of her seeds for the three sisters garden. I left her and David to that... Continue Reading →

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