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 →

Nordic Fest Food Recap

Last week I attended Nordic Fest. This is Decorah's largest yearly festival. Each year over 10000 people come from the surrounding areas to frequent this event. This effectively doubles the population of this small town. Figures estimate 1.5 million visitor shave visited Nordic Fest since 1967. More information can be found here. Nordic fest is... Continue Reading →

Week 8: A Study in the Totalitarian Law of Physics (or Murphy’s Law)

Anything not expressly forbidden in the universe is compulsory. If it can go wrong, it will. This was by far the most unproductive week, although maybe one of my earlier weeks of residence in the snow was comparable. The week commenced with more rain hindering us all from getting anything done. I spent the day... 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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