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The Upside Down Homestead

simple living in a complex world

Coping with Rain

Got back this afternoon from a VERY soppy farmer's market day, which followed a VERY soppy week in general. We managed to make some sales at market this morning, but it felt like I spent most of the second half... Continue Reading →

Energy Questions

Nope, this blog post's not about questioning my personal energy level--though those questions have certainly crossed my mind of late. Life continues to be chock-full. The rush of preparing for market has now translated into a new (and busy) weekly... Continue Reading →

Homestead Women

I'm sitting down to begin this blog post on Mother's Day morning. I'll admit, I'm a bit cynical about Mother's Day. Not that I'm against the idea of celebrating/honoring our mothers--for many of us, mothers (and fathers) do an incredible... Continue Reading →

Yogurt making (oven-light method while I still can!)

Life is hopping here. The gardens are exploding with greens and radishes and onions and the accompanying work that comes with such explosions. We're slowly building the general infrastructure we need for our market gardens (irrigation, high tunnel, etc). We've... Continue Reading →

Getting our wheels spinning

Happy Earth Day! I'll be honest: I often let Earth Day pass me by without noticing, which is kind of ironic given how much of our lives are oriented around land and soil and earth. Given my poor Earth Day... Continue Reading →

A Homestead Spirituality

For a seminary-trained, (former...at least for now) pastor, my spiritual life probably isn't what some people would expect. I don't have daily prayer or devotional time; I'm an incredibly sporadic journaler, at best; I don't read theology for fun. Sometimes,... Continue Reading →

Succession Planting

We got the roof replaced this past week! It was an INTENSE few days. We kept scheduling a roof replacement day on various Saturdays, so some friends who work during the week could come help us. But every time we... Continue Reading →

Orchard Resurrection

"Farming wisely essentially means we are working to heal. To make things whole. To foster the connections among the birds and the bees and the trees and ourselves. Everything shifts when looked at in this light. Producing fruit is not about manipulating... Continue Reading →

Building Lessons

I seem to discover new muscles with every phase of this barn conversion. I came in this evening from a full day of drywall mudding (nearly as much 'mud' on me as the walls, I think), and realized the palm... Continue Reading →

Life outside the barn

Whelp, I'm happy to report that there are currently no trees on our barn! I haven't written since the two-plus weeks that those darn trees came crashing down, but thanks to the expertise and heavy-duty machinery of some tree removal... Continue Reading →

The best-made plans…

There's a tree on our barn/future house. Actually, two trees. Two large pine trees that fell quietly on a windy night and greeted us with their jaw-dropping, tear-inducing, absurdly-beautiful presence the next morning. It wasn't the best start to a... Continue Reading →

Reclaimed Greenhouse

Meet our reclaimed, upcycled greenhouse. Or that's what I'm choosing to call it. You could also call it a last-minute, schlepped- together, randomly-constructed greenhouse. If you were a local around here and happened to have a disparaging view of neighboring... Continue Reading →

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