Buying a Farm

It’s been a very busy summer and I needed to focus on some #adulting tasks. That means I neglected this blog. I appreciate your patience and those of you who checked in with me in messages and on other platforms. More content soon. 🙂 For now, let me update you with the biggest news in…

Called to Leadership

I have served as a “leader” since I was a small child. My first memory of leading anything was in first grade. The Elementary School was undergoing construction. The tree that grew outside of the first grade classrooms was scheduled for removal. My friends and I were heartbroken and vowed to save the tree. We…

Preserving the Harvest

Autumn is in full force in Wisconsin. The leaves have been turning colors for weeks and the Summer plants have been dying back. It’s been a rainy fall making it difficult to get grains dry enough to take them out of the fields. Not to mention making fall gardening an absolute mess. Still, I curl…

Connecting to Plants: One by One. Year by Year.

Wisconsin is a lush place. We receive a great deal of rain most years, have four distinct seasons, and feature a vast canvas of different ecosystems from wetlands to Oak savannas to deep forests. This vibrant and green place is home to a multitude of amazing plants. Even in the city, the native flowers and…

Earthship Tour and Travels

For Brad’s birthday, I gifted him two nights at an airbnb Earthship. He has aspirations to build his own Earthship someday. We’ve spent many hours chatting about building our own eco-friendly, energy producing house. We came together with different ideas about how to do that, but he’s convinced me of the awesomeness of Earthships. For someone…

You’ve joined a Community Garden. Now What?

YAY! I’m thrilled to hear that you jumped into your community garden. I am always so inspired by the connections I’ve seen in my gardens and have learned so much not just about growing delicious things but also about myself. I love talking about community gardens. So here are a few things I’d like to…

Sweet Nothings on Farm Dreams

“We should look at farms for sale. Like, a practice run for when we buy our own farm” I said nervously as we walked down the busy street towards the calm of my favorite arboretum spot. “OK,” he confidently responded. Personally, I’d been lusting after farm listings for years. I had even visited a couple…

How To Pay for the Life you Want

GUILT keeps me back, but “Investing” is a responsible thing to do. I sidestep the guilt and get right to the juicy stuff of living my life fully when I invest in myself.

The Mindset of a Gardener

January and February are exciting months not just because I adore the snow and all the wonders of Winter, but because it is seed catalog time. These are the months I get to dream and desire all the most bountiful things for my garden. Nothing is limiting my ideas for the garden. I’ll have more…

Honoring the Harvest Season

October is a busy month on the farm. We are waiting for the perfect weather and time for all the grains and crops to dry. Hopefully, the same crop planted in multiple areas on the farm for good crop rotations and on contour strips will be ready at much the same time to avoid lots…

Spring in the Forest

Whomp, crunch, my footfalls land heavily in the moist, loamy soil of the forest. It doesn’t matter how many times I take this trail or what speed I walk through the wooded hills, I can’t seem to walk quietly in the forest. I am too human. I spend too much time pounding the concrete in…

Inhabit Review

Permaculture is a way of bringing together in a sensible system: ourselves and our communities, with whatever bit of land/space we are tending. It can be as small as a window with sprouts or as large as a farm or a bioregion. It can be in the city, the suburbs or in the country. Permaculture…