renovation, an anniversary

you all already know how long home renovation can take. now go ahead and adjust that taking into account we took on a home long since occupied with a budget hugely inadequate. somehow, for some reason, we got hooked on this place.

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it has been one year, almost to the day, since we ran our successful crowdfunding campaign. it has been a year of plumbing and wiring and tiling and woodworking alongside a year of farming and family and fiber and all sorts of other tasks that can easily fill a farmwife’s day. i thought it was high time for an update. high time indeed.

the approved sticker on the plumbing was cause for much celebration

the approved sticker on the plumbing was cause for much celebration

tiling was tedious but glorious when complete

tiling was tedious but glorious when complete

running water. commercial sinks.

running water. commercial sinks.

now we prepare to host the first family thanksgiving at the hill and hollow farm stay. we can’t wait to welcome our california cousins for the days that are sure to be memorable. there are many tasks that lie ahead: too numerous to catalog here. we will spend the time between now and then setting up propane and sourcing a good cook stove, cutting and stacking firewood, covering the insulation. we will make it ready to be warm and celebratory. after all, we have come a long way and there is much to be thankful for.

interplay of of old and new will forever be a theme at the farmstay

interplay of of old and new will forever be a theme at the farmstay



i hate to admit that i had one last hat to knit last winter. spring came, then summer and i never quite completed that decrease. it was the last hat i needed to complete my gifts for the  generous donors of our crowd funding campaign.

i hate also to admit that i was inspired by an email query from said donor. believe me friends, i never did forget.

here it is, in all her hill and hollow yarn glory. greghat

now, that last pair of hand warmers awaits…

pitching in

since the moment i launched my own crowd funding campaign that fateful day in October last year, through each of the 31 long days of the campaign, i hoped and waited for the opportunity to somehow contribute to someone else’s fundraising effort. as i drank coffee long into those autumn nights and worked tirelessly mobilizing my community,  i thought how delightful it would be to pitch in for someone else.


at last i received the call to assist.  in the last couple of weeks i received not one, not two, but three announcements from dear farmer friends launching their unique crowd funding campaigns.

having just made my donations to each effort, i set down to write this post. the purpose here is two fold.  first, to ask you to check out each of these campaigns. i won’t write too much here, because i really want you to click on these links and read the tales of 3 amazing farm families. one young and getting started, one well seasoned , and one in such a moment of heart break, i can’t even think of it.


my second purpose is to ponder this recurring thought with you all. why does any hard working farmer need to spend 31 days on their computers and devices rounding up cash? surely, they are working hard enough day in day out to deserve the benefit of a reasonable amount of disposable income.

i see a problem in our food system that leaves small scale sustainable farmers in a constant state of financial insecurity. we are rich in so many ways, ways too numerous to name. often, sadly, we are lacking the funds for even the smallest infrastructure development. we are so shy on savings that when an emergency arises, whew, don’t ask. the financial reality of farmers today is often a bit discouraging.  i ask you now to check out these campaigns. make a donation today.  support them. i know from my own experience that even the smallest contribution will get these fine folks one step closer to goal. then,  i ask you to support your local farmers. spend your food dollars at the farmers market, join a CSA, purchase locally made and processed EVERYTHING! spring is here and seasonal markets are opening for the year. start the routine now. fresh greens will soon appear. make a commitment to changing your diet, your local food system and stabilizing your region’s farmers. the movement is growing. awareness is greater than ever, but still there are small farmers struggling to make ends meet.