Sweet Potatoes, Sweet Potatoes & More Sweet Potatoes!

Sweet Potatoes are the last major crop we plant in the spring, and also the last to get harvested.  All we need is two days without rain, and a whole lot of help.  Monday and Tuesday we got both.  Eleven rows were 700 feet long and three rows are half of that, and both rain and frost were in the forecast. 
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Farm's Fall Festival A Huge Success!

Preparation began in late Sept. for the farm’s fall festival. A thorough house cleaning happened early in the week, as it was too wet to “clean” the gardens. That had to wait until Wednesday or Thursday, when I also got to plant more kale and dig two rows of sweet potatoes. 
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Use the Land Entrusted to Us . .

One of the offers I have is at a farm in Nashville.  A hundred years ago this land grew a large garden and supplied vegetables to hotels downtown.  We would like to recreate gardens here, raising food and public awareness about biodynamic gardening.
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Farming Knowledge Lost?

It’s no secret that I love farming. The whole question of land use intrigues me, from forestry and pasture management to the various horticulture techniques for different crops.  These days it’s the middle part, making compost and soil preparation that I enjoy focusing on.
Owning land is a responsibility.  Tennessee was woodland until we cleared the forest for our crops and animals. This was done without machines; our grand fathers used crosscut saws and grubbing hoes to make field.  If we aren’t going to tend the fields they ought to be left to grow back into woods.
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Just Exactly What We've Been Missing . . .

One of the best, and worst, feelings in life comes at that moment when we find out exactly just what we’ve been missing; when we come to grips with the fact that we once naively thought we had it all, and then came to understand that there was more, much more, out there, just waiting for us to discover it.

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The Magic of Our Most Sacred Holiday Traditions

Perhaps more than any other time of the year, the holidays remind us of the importance of tradition; the significance of those time-honored customs that flood our minds with memories, our souls with comfort and our hearts with a sense of peace that is rarely found at the center of any other season. 

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Laugh As If Nobody's Watching . . .

Sometimes I think Peter Pan had it right all along and maybe we should always hold tight to that childlike part of ourselves that seems to diminish with each passing year. That part of us that unintentionally makes our feet tap or our heads bob to the sound of a great song, that inner spirit that urges us to stomp a rain puddle, that tiny voice inside that tells us to dive, head first, into a freshly raked pile of leaves. 

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Even When All is Remarkably Quiet . . .


Sometimes, even when all is remarkably quiet, the room is dark, our eyes are shut and our pillows are situated just right, we still find it impossible to fall asleep.
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That Old House on Burton Street . . .

There are people in all of our pasts who have changed us, altered our beliefs or shifted our opinions and ideas about life and the world around us.

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A Postcard-Perfect Paradise

There are places all over the world that many of us dream of visiting - tropical beaches where crystal clear water washes against the white, sandy shore, historical cities with cobblestone streets and ancient buildings that whisper their past, or a foreign country rich with culture and ideas different than our own.
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The Moments We All Smiled For . .

Every once in awhile, when a wave of nostalgia rolls over me, I find myself digging out that old box, that tattered photo box with a missing lid on the top shelf of my closet, nearly collapsing from years of shuffle and wear.
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The Fourth of July

Each year, as the Fourth of July gets closer; brightly colored firework stands popping up through the cracks of parking lots all over the U.S. and the streets of our country neatly wrapped in stars and stripes, we are reminded, with each pop of a bottle rocket and each crackle of a sparkler, how truly fortunate we all are, the significance of our freedom and what it means to be an American.
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Life's Little Surprises

Life has a way of sometimes throwing us for a loop, putting a few potholes in our path and surprising us without the added bonus of confetti and balloons.
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More Powerful Than A Pie Chart

All of us, on a daily basis, are faced with a great deal of choices, some small and unimportant like whether or not to super-size our French fries, and others long-term and life changing.
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Friends . . the Truest & Most Rare Breed

There are times in all of our lives when the things we once believed to be true, real or forever prove themselves otherwise, times when the people that we trusted in shatter our perceptions of them and times when our hearts sink in our chests, the walls around us crumble at our feet, and the plans we once thought to be solid and secure, slip through our fingers like sand.
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Those Unforgettable Summers of Our Lives . . .

Every now and then, when the muggy, summer heat mingles with the patter of a fresh rain, we find ourselves reliving the long ago summers of our lives, the few months in between school years when we savored every ounce of daylight while peddling our way towards the next big adventure.

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Tomato Patch Plantin' Time Again

It’s time to plant the tomato patch. The plan has been to set them out in the late afternoon, and water them well. This lessens transplant shock. Ours are bare-root from the cold frame, and will need a bit of tender loving care.
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An Old Story that Never Ceases

Browsing through an October 31, 1959 Courier-Journal, I noticed on the front page these headlines: “7 Children Die In Blaze; Mothers At A Bar.” The opening line was this: “Ottumwa, Iowa, October 30 – Seven young children, trapped by fire inside a one-door house, died early Friday while their mothers were away at a bar.”
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Bobby Jindal - The Next Vice President?

 Hope everyone had a safe and reflective Memorial Day. It’s so important to remember the reason for the picnics, the get-togethers, and the day off from work. Remembering and honoring those who gave their lives for the advancement of freedom around the world as they protected ours at home should come before all else.
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Remembering to Breathe

Everyday we find ourselves competing in a race to get things done; we rise to the shrill sound of an alarm clock, speed to work, where we chug coffee before tackling task upon task, then speed back home to a list of household chores, a pile of laundry and the taunting reminder of yard work.
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