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Carrie Seal-Stahl commented on vanessa jean's blog post 'Second Crop: Five Acres of Weeds'
"I feel your pain! We just went through this exact same scenario with the waiting, more waiting, then waiting some more over the winter. It's a whole lot of stress, but well worth it in the end :) "
Jun 18, 2013
vanessa jean commented on vanessa jean's blog post 'Oh Wait, More Patience.'
"Hi Jennifer - There doesn't seem to be a 'penalty' for the bridge loan, except that we have to pay the higher interest rate of the commercial lender on the whole loan amount until the FSA portion were to come through. We'll see…"
Jun 17, 2013
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Second Crop: Five Acres of Weeds

It's Saturday night, and the thunder is rolling into town. Crackling outside the open bedroom window, the claps sounding as if they are over the lake. The breezy air has finally cooled, and the drops are just starting to settle on the pavement below. Miss N is making magic in the kitchen downstairs. The whir of the Kitchen Aid and clanking of pans will yield homemade ice cream sandwiches by the end of the night. And yet, it feels quiet. Quiet in my head and in my heart. Calm.It's been a fun and…See More
Jun 17, 2013
Jennifer commented on vanessa jean's blog post 'We Found Our Farm! First Crop: Patience.'
"Vanessa: Thanks for sharing this extra bit of back story (and photos!). I'm familiar with that part of Wisconsin, but now I can picture it all the better—which means I'm crossing even more fingers and toes for you. For folks who…"
Jun 17, 2013
Jennifer commented on vanessa jean's blog post 'Oh Wait, More Patience.'
"Vanessa: Thanks for sharing this update, although I'm sorry to hear the schedule isn't quite what you were hoping. Is there any penalty on your end if your lender covers the loan until October? Please do keep HOMEGROWN posted. Baby guinea…"
Jun 17, 2013
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Jun 14, 2013
Jennifer commented on vanessa jean's blog post 'We Rode to Farm!'
"As one who has cycled Wisconsin's glorious southwestern parts, I'm sitting here daydreaming about your ride—and for such an excellent cause! Thanks so much for sharing this with the HOMEGROWN crew and please keep us posted on the…"
Jun 5, 2013
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Jun 4, 2013
Cornelia commented on vanessa jean's blog post 'It's Official...We're Looking for Land'
"Terrific! Look for it on Friday. And thanks for the link to the hops growers - great info there!!"
Mar 5, 2012
vanessa jean commented on vanessa jean's blog post 'It's Official...We're Looking for Land'
"Hi Cornelia! Thanks so much for your very kind words. I'd be more than happy for this to be shared. Thanks so much for taking a read."
Mar 5, 2012
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"I wish they were my hop trellises! We went to a hops harvest party at Simple Earth Hops in Dodgeville, WI last summer  - the pictures were from their event! http://www.simpleearthhops.com/2011/11/wisconsin-hops-past-seasons-photos-and.html"
Mar 5, 2012
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"Wow! I'd love to know more about your hops-growing operation! How high are the trellises? Do you have issues with humidity / mildew? How big was your last harvest? I think hops blossoms are SO beautiful and (obviously) want to know more!"
Mar 5, 2012
Cornelia commented on vanessa jean's blog post 'It's Official...We're Looking for Land'
"Loved reading this, Vanessa Jean. I can taste your excitement and willingness to put in the hard, patient work that it takes to farm. I'd love to share this with the larger community in some way - perhaps as a guest Living HOMEGROWN column on…"
Feb 29, 2012
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Feb 27, 2012
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It's Official...We're Looking for Land

It's official. We're looking for land.It's been unofficial for a while. Like the few years of dreaming in Portland, when I didn't quite know how the farm would fall into place. Then I met N in Boston, and we formed a shared vision for our farm while also acting superbly academic through two very-hard-to-sit-behind-a-desk years of grad school in Boston. Ick, Boston. There is only so much farming to be done in Boston, so we created an academic project allowing us to work with farmers on business…See More
Feb 27, 2012
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Banana Cream Pie and Other Characters

This is Banana Cream Pie. He (or she) is the leader of one not-so-mean gang of Soay sheep, heritage pigs and piglets, ducks, geese and chicken running around this place. You see, as it turns out, if you work for a farmer and she thinks you are responsible, you'll get invited to do fun things like farm sit for other local farms. So, for the past week I have had the great pleasure of hanging out with this silly cast of…See More
Feb 22, 2012

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cultivating the path to farmership
A bit about me:
Hello! I'm an aspiring farmer and writer living in Madison, Wisconsin. When not pursuing my farm dream, I advocate for farm to school programs, makes goat cheese at a small family farm in the quiet, rolling hills of Wisconsin and writes about all aspects of food. I'm a geek in all aspects, so I enjoy melting food policy facts with the experiences of actually cultivating the food we eat. I cooks anything she can get my hands on, brew hard apple cider with gleaned apples each fall, eat Wisconsin cheese and corresponds via old-fashioned letters with far away friends until the cows come home. Right now, I'm just working toward the cows and the home!
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
whatever we're having for dinner tonight
Currently reading:
mary oliver
Currently listening to:
sarah harmer
My latest DIY project:
desk drawers turned wall cabinets for the office. cheese. words on paper.
How did you find HOMEGROWN.org?
through my pal sgr!
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http://justwritefood.com

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Second Crop: Five Acres of Weeds

It's Saturday night, and the thunder is rolling into town. Crackling outside the open bedroom window, the claps sounding as if they are over the lake. The breezy air has finally cooled, and the drops are just starting to settle on the pavement below. Miss N is making magic in the kitchen downstairs. The whir of the Kitchen Aid and clanking of pans will yield homemade ice cream sandwiches by the end of the night. And yet, it feels quiet. Quiet in my head and in my heart. Calm.…

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Posted on June 17, 2013 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

Oh Wait, More Patience.

Remember how earlier in the week I shared news of our farm? And then I typed these fateful words:

If all goes well, we hope to be farm owners this July (next month)! We are prepared for the inevitable hiccups and heartaches along the way, so we’re not attached to an exact date (although we do give up our city home on July 31!). At this point, the thought of non-stop action to…

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Posted on June 14, 2013 at 5:31pm — 2 Comments

We Found Our Farm! First Crop: Patience.

This is a time for practicing patience, a time to be grateful for a full life and busy days.

You see, we found a farm. Our farm. A farm we knew to be ours as soon as we turned the corner onto Stuart Road and laid our eyes on the white colonial house set against the red barn in the distance, a sloping pasture of beef steer between us. It was the first clear-blue-sky day of the year, the first warmth of spring even though we were well into April. The image is framed in my mind...as we…

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Posted on June 13, 2013 at 9:38pm — 1 Comment

We Rode to Farm!

It's been a long while since I've peddled a long distance, and Saturday's Ride to Farm was just the right reason to do so! I can imagine nothing so grand as a rolling ride through the green hills of Wisconsin's Driftless Region, a meandering loop from Barneveld to Dodgeville to Spring Green and…

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Posted on June 4, 2013 at 11:14pm — 1 Comment

 
 
 

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