“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution


"Summertime.... and the living is easy."

I'd like to say it was the pause that refreshed,
but the past three days were a whirlwind of busy.
Tuesday was a memorial picnic for Jack's father.
It was held on his birthday, in Pittsburgh.
It was great to see extended family whom we hadn't seen
in quite some time,
but it also was a sad farewell to a truly great man.

I spent Monday baking 85 cupcakes for the picnic.

Tuesday we drove 4 hours to Pittsburg, and then at the end of the day,
drove home again.
It was a long day...but, so worth it.

Yesterday we settled back into farm life again.
It seems that Summer has actually arrived and brought with her some heat.
Yesterday, though quite warm, was spectacular.

I spent the cool morning hours making 70 flatbread pizza crusts
for the upcoming 4th of July picnic.
Our picnics always include a "make-your-own" pizza station
to bake in our outdoor wood-fired pizza oven.

Most everyone is active now during the mornings and nighttime.
The afternoons are too hot for activity... perfect for napping (the animals)
and knitting (me).
Hubbs prefers to use the hottest part of the day for a bike ride (not me).

Our little chicklets, now two weeks old,
have doubled in size.

They are...

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