“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

Play-time, Nap-time, Repeat

I have to tell you... my heart is filled with so much optimism right now. 

 It's a side-effect of late-winter sunshine.  Every day I see more and more evidence that winter is beginning to pack his bags and catch a ride out of here!

Yes, there is still snow on the ground that melts a little more each day.  But, the days are decidedly longer.  The birds are definitely louder.  And vegetation is beginning to awaken.  Everything is as it should be.

We've been patient and rested and planned and schemed for the past several months.  And soon- very soon- we will start bringing all of those dreams and schemes to fruition.  We will dig and plant and weed until our world is once again filled with color and delicious homegrown food.  One of these days, very soon, I will begin to get some early seeds into the ground.  Vegetable seeds that can tolerate the cold will be placed into the warming earth so that the magic can begin.  I am so ready!

It's just about that time, that the fairies return to the farm, and all sorts of magic and mayhem resumes.

Yesterday, as the horses and donkeys were napping in the dry lot, after an exciting morning in the pasture, 

the dogs and I spent a little time picking...

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