Subtle Splendor

Subtle Splendor

When you think of your wild nature, what comes to mind?  Are you running through an old growth forest on the heels of a wolf? Diving naked into a cool pool of water?  Howling at the full moon as you dance around a fire?  Maybe you are doing all of those things.  And if you are, that’s fabulous.  We all need to run through forests, dive into refreshment and give voice to those things that make us howl and dance with abandon.

But sometimes it’s more subtle than that.

Sometimes your wild nature shows up when you lift your eyes to the sun that peeks through the clouds on a dreary day during a slow walk through a city park.  It shows up when you put your high heels in the closet for good because they just aren’t worth it. It shows up when you step outside under a sliver of new moon and wonder…

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Rest In Gratitude

Rest In Gratitude

Red Brush Farms

A lot happens over the course of single season during the life of a garden. By November, the plants that produced all sorts of good things during the summer have become compost, the fields have been tilled under to mark the close of the growing season, and the leaves on the aspen trees have turned from green to gold. Enough food was grown to eat, to preserve and to sell. Abundance sprang from the soil and found its way out into the world. Pounds of produce were harvested and enjoyed.

There were some things that didn’t work, as there always are in farming and gardening.  Maybe there wasn’t enough mulch in some places, and the rows ended up being waist high grass by September. Perhaps the raspberries wanted more water than they got, or the cucumber beetles decided to feast on the melons. It’s likely that uses for cucumbers and…

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The Joy of Challenge

The Joy of Challenge

Red Brush Farms

Summer has lingered this year, a bit longer than we expected.  And by summer I mean nights without a hard freeze-the days have been chilly now for weeks-months really, when looking back at the entire summer.  But the raspberries are still going strong out in the field and the kale and purple cabbage are insistent on thriving even while we remove the spent vines of their neighboring cucumber plants and harvest the last of the onions.   The orchard down the road has pumpkins galore, which we are thankful for after a season that produced healthy vines but tiny fruit at our place – fruit that is still trying to grow but will be too late to mature fully before the freeze takes them.  Which it likely will tonight, as the temperature dips to 32 degrees.

yellow leaves

The natural growing season has come to a close, the hillside above the lake has turned vibrantly yellow and…

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April Showers

April Showers

Red Brush Farms

April in Minnesota is ending in a chilly haze punctuated by rain and soggy ground and more rain. Though we have some seedlings thriving under grow lights in the house, the outdoor field has yet to be tilled, and nothing has been planted outside yet, unless you count the rhubarb that I moved to a new location over the weekend.  I am itching to get some seeds in the ground….and I imagine the carrot, pea, bean, lettuce, beet and radish seeds are getting a little stir crazy in their storage pouches.  After a winter that lingered longer than most of us wanted it to, I am ready to dig into the newly warmed soil and nurture the growth that will provide sustainance in the year to come.

Back in March, I met up with some fellow gardening/farming neighbors for a seed swap, and one of those neighbors offered us the use of their 18/8 foot greenhouse.  Their land can’t accomodate…

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