Farming

Tree Cutting

The kids had been waiting for days for Tree Cutting Day.  Going out to get the tree on the farm is so rich with memories for all of us.  This year, I couldn’t go, so our daughter Carrie took photographs for me to treasure.

Tree Cutting

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

I waited at home for them to come back.  When I saw the sheep skitter across the knoll, I knew they were on the way.  First, I saw Caroline come around the bend, pulling the sled with Georgie on it.  Not far behind were the rest of the children, talking, laughing, skipping.  Last, came an enormous tree with two pair of legs, boughs jauntily bouncing to the rhythm of their steps.  I couldn’t believe what a gift I have been given in these people, in this place.

“I could leave the world with today in my eyes.” – Truman Capote (from A Christmas Memory)

On the Farm

A new-to-us walk-in cooler was delivered and is being installed for our farm-to-door delivery business. 

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois

©Nissa Gadbois  

We can hardly wait to minister to local families in such a special way.  Nourishing bodies with nutritious foods, and nourishing souls by the way in which we serve.

She Blooms

The Rose is without an explanation; She blooms, because She blooms – Angelus Silesius
Rosa Rugosa | ©Nissa Gadbois
 

This beauty was overlooked on our farm up until this year.  But the goats noticed her before I did.  I’m horrified at what they’ve done to the lower half of her.  She is a venerable shrub – rather enormous.  Once she has done blooming, I will make some cuttings and give her children pride of place in our gardens.  Not only is this Rosa Rugosa a beautiful thing, it is also a very useful culinary plant.  You can make so much from the petals, but also from the great big hips that come at the end of the season.  You can make everything from an elegant syrup to a luscious dressing for poultry.

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Beneficence of Nature

The indescribable innocence of and beneficence of Nature — of sun and wind and rain, of summer and winter,–such health, such cheer, they afford forever!  Henry David Thoreau

Achillea Millefolium | ©Nissa Gadbois

achillea millefolium | ©Nissa Gadbois

Herbe de St. Joseph (achillea millefolium)The legend is that St. Joseph hurt himself while at work and the Child Jesus brought him a sprig of this herb to stanch the bleeding.  It is used today for bleeding wounds as well as for fever, inflammation, and menstruation.  It is also used as a decongestant and expectorant.  How blessed we are to have ample supplies of yarrow here on the farm.  It is a very useful herb for the home apothecary.  The essential oil from this plant is a brilliant azure.  It is wonderful how God has hidden such surprises all around us!

I love teaching our children about the uses of the plants that grow here on the farm.  It seems a shame to undo what God has so perfectly cultivated here.  We are doing our best to plan to leave wild areas or to propagate natives to place within our gardens.

Mulberry Tree

O, the mulberry-tree is of trees the queen!
Bare long after the rest are green;
But as the time steals onwards, while none perceives
Slowly she clothes herself with leaves–
Hides her fruit under them, hard to find.
But by and by, when the flowers grow few
And the fruits are dwindling and small to view–
Out she comes in her matron grace
With the purple myriads of her race;
Full of plenty from root to crown,
Showering plenty her feet adown.
While far over head hang gorgeously
Large luscious berries of sanguine dye,
For the best grows highest, always highest,
Upon the mulberry-tree. – Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

Mulberry Tree ©Nissa Gadbois

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