Compost: My Pile of Gold

My nephew recently moved to a new home in Connecticut and contacts me now and then for gardening advice. I have to say, these questions make my day. Not only does he send me photos and videos of him and his two young children working on their first garden, but it brings me so much […]

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Conversations: Amy Coughlin, Community Helper

Amy Coughlin and her husband, Andy Pignatora, own one of our favorite local restaurants, Breakaway Cafe on the Pittsboro/Chapel Hill line. Their food is consistently fresh, creative and very tasty. During these difficult times when folks aren’t venturing out much, Amy and Andy have stepped up to the plate and have been serving first responders, […]

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Conversations: Amy Dingmann, Homesteader

I recently started following Amy Dingmann’s podcast, A Farmish Kind of Life, about life as a homesteader. Amy lives on a five acre homestead in central Minnesota with her husband, two teen boys, chickens, pigs, turkeys and ducks. They have a few gardens, a grapevine, and a raspberry patch. Amy’s matter-of-fact manner has led me […]

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Conversations

My belief is that communication is an important step toward finding balance — within ourselves and in the world. I’ll be hosting conversations with people who are doing what they can to live authentically. Got something to say about gardening? Finding balance? Healthy cooking? How nature soothes your soul? How listening brings about understanding? Something […]

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Why Now? Why Not?

We have had few naysayers to our project here at Wildefern. Not many, but one or two acquaintances have asked, “Why now? You’re not getting any younger, you know…” Precisely! They answered their own question. But for the most part, we get a lot of interest in what we’re doing, especially from people our age […]

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My Love for Mowing

When I was a youngster, I dreamed of being a school bus driver. When Dad bought his first Craftsman lawnmower, I spent hours upon hours driving around our front and back yards, dreaming of driving the bus. I made “stops” at various oak trees, hydrangeas, rosebushes and of course, the front and back stoops, opening […]

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Simple Gifts

The old Shaker song rings true in these days of isolation here at the farm: ‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free, ’tis the gift to come down where we ought to be. And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ’twill be in the valley of love […]

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Making the Bed — A Raised Bed, that is!

We have a grand experiment in gardening going on over here at Wildefern Farm. Tomatoes, basil, pak choi, kale, and lettuces are growing in containers — out front in full sun and out back in the kitchen patio garden. We’ve built gardens filled with flowers, gardenia bushes, rose bushes, more lettuces, pak choi, kale, and […]

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Photo courtesy of Melanie Crawford

Bird Watching – Pileated Woodpecker

I’ve been noticing the birds around the farm, especially since we were lucky enough to move here just in time for spring. (And just in time to be quarantined so that we are spending a lot of time outside.) As I was beginning to notice our feathered friends more frequently, my (non-feathered) friend Melanie Crawford […]

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Of Toads and Roses

My love of roses hearkens back to Mom. She was always out working in her garden in Mansfield Center, Connecticut. Early on, when I was a little tyke and my older sisters were off at school, Mom and I would traipse into the backyard and build rock gardens from stones gathered in the woods (there’s […]

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