Farmer Health Day

Farmer Health Day

With the support of the EFAO (Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario), our farm (Zócalo Organics) held a “Farmer Health Day” on Sunday July 10!  I want to share with you some musings about why I felt motivated to plan and host this day, and some reflections from...
How Fear Helped My Farm

How Fear Helped My Farm

Recently one of the first interns who worked with us in our first year emailed me saying that he is considering studying organic agriculture, and that he wanted me to make a list for him of everything that “sucks” about farming. Maybe I could have...
A New Season Ahead

A New Season Ahead

This past summer I wrote a newsletter every week for our lovely CSA Members, and neglected the blog somewhat. I’ll admit I do have a sore-spot for things in actual print;  things that can be held in the kitchen, and have tomato sauce splashed on them while...

Winter Solstice

Reflecting and setting intentions last night, in the stillness of the solstice, I came to a realization.  As a farmer, I’ve become too serious, too pragmatic.  A farmer’s world can be a world of incredible pressures; a mortgage to pay, interns to mentor, soils...
weekend of rain

weekend of rain

I love the sound of the rain.  It’s all I can hear.  Rain trickling flowing falling. relieved rain. Release rain, rinsing.  Happy rain. Ferocious rain.  All at once, everything-is-happening-right-now rain. Rain blown by wind sideways at the roof; dripping,...