In the past, silence on this blog has meant my life was falling apart. Which is why I’m so thankful to some of you kind souls who have reached out to me in this time of silence to see if I’m ok. Truly, this is the best community. But, I’m happy to report. Everything is more than okay. The Farmstead has grown, not just with Matthew, my new partner in life, love and all .

Notes on Family

I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of home, and the meaning of family, lately. I think I’ve been obvious enough with the news that my family has grown with the addition of Matthew to The Farmstead. And our lives are better for it. Not only does he love me and my daughter, he loves the animals. This way of life, living on a working farm, is one that his own soul has .

Dear diary…I met a boy

One of the readers of this blog recently commented that reading my blog was like reading a best friend’s diary. It’s true, I probably take the phrase, “Know Your Farmer” to a whole new level. But, if there’s one thing I know about myself it’s this: I am who I am and what I am is an over the top, sometimes extraordinary, sometimes ridiculous, not afraid to fail, always honest human being who has .

Peyote is my Spirit Animal

There’s a bit of a baby boom happening on The Farmstead right now and, much to my shagrin, everyone is thriving! Both my Old Spot sows, Run Spot and Lady MacBeth, gave birth to their first litters, a combined total of 21 polka dotted piglets, and have been excellent mothers not just in the way they are gentle with their own piglets but also in the way they are gentle with me. I loved .