Week 32: Final Reflections

This is the end of one journey but the beginning of another.  My time here at the farm has felt brief but as I consider my final reflections the experience seems profound. The nature of Pepperfield effortlessly introduced me to a new collection of connections.  As a result, I met local producers, food and hospitality... Continue Reading →

Week 31: The Penultimate week at Pepperfield

If you missed out on our recent update about some of our future developments, we encourage you to check it out here.  As I began to realize that this was my penultimate week at the farm, the whole experience I shared with the people and nature seems almost surreal. Monday started with an early trip... Continue Reading →

Week 30: My Thoughts About Fall and More

Some people love fall; I do not.  The changes of the seasons might bring cheer to some but for me it's rather undesirable.   Monday I put on my lumberjack gear to continue cutting wood.  As I worked away stacking and hauling wood for next year I began to reflect.  Observing my surroundings, I found... Continue Reading →

Week 29: Fall Clean-Up and Firewood

his last week has been full of outside work.  We have been stockpiling firewood in preparation for winter. The week started slow with some outside clean-up.  I spent my Monday working in the back pulling out dead plants and taking down fences.  I started by pulling out melons and eggplants.  Then I turned my attention... Continue Reading →

Week 28: And Just Like That, Snow…

We are now experiencing true autumn weather.  Our week ended with a small flurry of snow giving a beautiful appearance to the grounds of Pepperfield. David and I began our Monday as usual.  After a quick visit to the hospital garden we spent some time in town running some errands.  Afterwards, we returned to the... Continue Reading →

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 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 →

Potato Gnocchi

This potato gnocchi is a great starch for any ragout or tomato sauce. It's a simple and fast fix even if your in a pinch and it blows the packaged stuff out of the water. Yield: 10 portions Gnocchi 2# Russet potatoes 4ea Egg yolks 10-12oz Bread flour Pinch Salt, white pepper and nutmeg Method... 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 →

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