busy as a bee

busy as a bee

“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.”  Henry David Thoreau Bees may be the most fascinating of God’s creatures… at least in our garden anyhow!  With beekeeping as with life, we never stop learning or as a one beekeeper, Michael Bush, said, “If you are not confused, you are not learning anything.” At the beginning of August our strongest hive – kept at our local farmers – had lots of brood, bees and honey – probably 2 gallons...

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seasonal eating

seasonal eating

Seasonal eating is a subtle ~ and to be honest – difficult at times – asceticism yielding patience. The satisfaction of what nourishes us presently, along with the patience of the anticipation of the delicious nourishing foods of the next season…It is the patience that a connectedness to our landscape fosters. At the moment our table is laden with lots of squashes, broccoli, cabbages, cauliflower and beets.

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edible-fall

edible-fall

seasonal eating ~ edible-fall Today there is a resurgence of folks trying to eat within the boundaries of their local geography and with good reason : local, seasonal food, prepared and eaten properly supports vibrant health and energy and is sustainable for the earth.  The thing is, it’s easier to accomplish during the long warm days of summer – when the harvest is plentiful and bringing it to the table is as simple as a trip to the farmer’s...

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polyface farm

polyface farm

This is Joel Salatin, owner of Polyface Farm, located right here in Virginia. He runs a transparent farm… that means he welcomes visitors! He also keeps it local and won’t raise more animals than his land sustains.

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