Of all the crops we grow at Good Heart Farmstead, mesclun mix is the heart of our farm. We call the salad greens that make up our mesclun mix ‘gateway vegetables’—because even if you’re a meat and potatoes kind of person, you probably have a salad with dinner. Think you don’t like radishes? Oops, I just slipped some in your salad, and they’re dancing around with the cucumbers waiting to delight you 😉 In all seriousness, I believe everyone should try their hand at growing greens. Salad is the epitome of fresh, and it doesn’t get fresher than… Read More
Dandelions are either revered or reviled. It really depends on who you ask. I grew up delighted at the site of the yellow blooms, often adding them to wildflower bouquets for my mom. My neighbors were not delighted at the site—though I never had to ask them. It was evident in their dandelion-less lawn. As a child, I wondered how it was possible that our front lawn blossomed with small suns every summer, while theirs remained green. To put it simply, they had a different style of lawn care than we did. My parents mowed, and that was it. A… Read More
We bought our land in June 2012, and told everyone we weren’t going to move here until the following spring. “That’s very responsible of you,” our lawyer said at the closing. “If it were me I wouldn’t be able to help myself from moving right away.” I smiled inside, feeling very responsible indeed. After all, we just bought an open field and a plot of forest. Aside from a powerline in the Southeast corner of the property, there were no utilities, no water, no buildings. We’d borrowed more than the land cost, so between our savings and the money left… Read More
We started our farm in 2013, with a baby growing in my belly, and big dreams set in our hearts. Even though Edge and I had a collective 11 years of experience growing vegetables and raising animals, when it came to running a business, we were pretty green, and it seemed like a good idea to take a business course. And oh, it was a good idea. That winter I enrolled in Whole Farm Planning for Beginning Women Farmers, a course based on curriculum from Holistic Management International (HMI). From land-planning to marketing to finances to time management to… Read More
In 2010 I flew from Vermont to Alaska to work for Calypso Farm and Ecology Center as a School Garden Supervisor. The 6 months I spent farming in interior Alaska changed my life. All of the sudden, I knew it was possible to not just farm, but to do it in a way that grows food and also grows community, creativity and a deep connection to both wild and cultivated spaces. As a non-profit farm and education center, Calypso runs a successful CSA and teaches people of all ages through their school field trips, summer camps, a farmer training program and… Read More
This morning came in with rain and a curtain of clouds hanging low over the Worcester Mountain range. Snow is finally melting on this hillside, giving way to brown grass in the field, terraced beds of winter rye in the garden. The forecast for the next few days is one of transition: rain, sun, a blip of snow, clouds, more rain, and the temperatures slowly zig-zagging between the 20s and 40s F. Internally, I’m feeling the need to pause. To let the rain come and wash away the snow. To be patient, though the greenhouse may already look like… Read More
“Don’t quit your day job.” Gosh, I used to hate that phrase. LEAP is more my style. Leap into your dream, your idea, your goal. Go all in. But keeping your day job can actually make you MORE successful and your farm more likely to succeed. Here’s why.
Happy SPRING! Here in Central Vermont, Spring Equinox arrived with clear blue skies, revealing the sun again after last week’s snowstorm. We’ve got a few extra feet of snow, but the chickadees are singing in the trees, and greens are growing in the greenhouse. Equinox: equal, balanced. Though this time of year may be filled with starts and stops, the equinox reminds me of the possibility of balance. It doesn’t matter if it’s sunny or snowy, if it’s calm or stormy—no matter the weather, the equinox arrives and balances day and night. It’s a gentle reminder that we… Read More