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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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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