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Market Day #2

We didn’t have a market on the 4th of July, so yesterday was our second farmer’s market day of the season.  We’re starting to hit the mid-season slump, where the spring crops are petering out but the summer stuff (tomatoes, … Continue reading

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First Market Day of the Season

It’s been more than a month since my last post (sounds very confessional, I know), but things are still rolling along.  We had our first farmer’s market of the season this past Thursday at the JP Farmer’s Market at the … Continue reading

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Season Ramping Up

I haven’t posted lately, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t been farming.  It just means that my writing life (as a playwright and novelist) has gotten kind of nuts lately.  So I’ve either been at writing conferences, in rehearsal, … Continue reading

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The Indoor Farm

In addition to buying seeds, we’ve already ordered a bunch of seedlings from Red Fire Farm, Natick Community Farm, and Bobbin Farm–tomatoes, tomatillos, peppers, and herbs.  But we also need to get a head start on our early season crops, … Continue reading

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The Farm Season has Begun!

I know I’ve been quiet on the blog so far this year, but that’s just because I’ve been wrapped up in a bunch of theatre productions, publishing another novel, and writing a couple plays and musicals.  And planning for the … Continue reading

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Lessons of a First Year Farmer: Tomatoes

My plan for this series is to go through each crop we grew, and figure out what we did right, what we did wrong, and what we can do better next year.  Tomatoes seem like the logical place to start, … Continue reading

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Lessons of a First Year Farmer: gear (farm fashion)

One of the things I like best about farming is that I get to wear completely practical clothes, and it doesn’t matter what they look like.  In fact, the rattier the better.  They just need to be tough and comfortable.  … Continue reading

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Lessons of a First Year Farmer: Tools

  Noah uses our favorite hand tool, the hula hoe, to weed a raised bed before planting. If I was a large-scale farmer, I’d probably say my favorite tool was a tractor, and then talk about all the cool implements … Continue reading

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Lessons of a First Year Farmer: Planning

I’m a planner by nature.  I love to make lists. I make pages of goals at the start of every year, for just about every task.  All of this makes me a natural match for farming, because if there’s one … Continue reading

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Lessons of a First Year Farmer

Now that the season is over, it’s time to make sense of all the lessons we’ve learned over the past eight months.  When I was out in the fields or at the market, there was very little time to reflect … Continue reading

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