Tag Archives: Farm

Golden Autumn: Russia’s Agricultural Expo

IMG_0437Backdrop for the expo.

IMG_0435A helicopter for dispersing fertilizer and pesticides.

IMG_0509A yurt in the Kazakhstan pavilion. It is covered by layers of felt wool.

IMG_0503This band blended traditional Russian folk music with synthesized beats.

IMG_0436A yurt made out of empty diesel containers.

IMG_0446Hundreds of food vendors were received by eager customers.

IMG_0443Red caviar. By the kilogram.

IMG_0500Honey. Lots of it. Enormous quantities of it can be seen in the metal tanks behind the counter. In Russia it is frequently used for medicinal purposes.

IMG_0498Do you want to get stung by a medicinal bee? This guy will do it for $5. I didn’t risk it but later found out some bee venom is clinically proven to reduce swelling in arthritic joints.

IMG_0497Business men warming up to some award-winning sheep. Note how that ewe is leaning into the caretaker’s leg.

IMG_0495Two women admiring a traditional wool hat and jacket on display by the sheep pens.

IMG_0493Sheep with lots of medals, ribbons and certificates.

IMG_0491A raccoon dog on display as a breeding specimen. Yeah, fur coats are cruel.

IMG_0485A fox, also for breeding.

IMG_0492Nearby, fur products were available for sale.

IMG_0467 Expo staff prevented poop from touching the floor and wiped the cow’s anus with a soft cloth after excretion.

IMG_0465Pretty lady #1.

IMG_0464Pretty lady #2.

IMG_0450Every vendor had a table with tea, sweets, kielbasa and liquor set up for business negotiations. I guess you get a better deal when everyone’s in a good mood!

Farming Should Be Fair

Dear Mr. Welch, You have been a true leader through your representation of Vermont’s voice of the people. Please continue to support our liberties and economy by discouraging the implementation of Secure Communities methods which are very similar to profiling techniques once widely practiced in classrooms, especially in states such as Colorado and California. Many thanks.

New York City Farm Scene

Wedged between New York Film Academy and the subway, the farmer’s market draws a crowd even on rainy days.

Formerly based in Vermont, Wes now sells all sort of pickles to people and places in New York City.

Heirloom tomatoes, never failing to impress.

Ostrich eggs, ostrich soap, ostrich dog jerky, ostrich books…

What do graffiti, chickens and bromeliads have in common? They are all part of a Brooklyn community farm!

Bushwick City Farm. ‘Nuff said.

Visiting Friends and Farms

Big Egg at Earth Sky Time Farm, Manchester VT

The Pond at Rochester Folk Art Guild, Middlesex NY

Pea Flower at Two Dog Farm, Danby VT

Farm Field in Danby, VT

Finding The Right…Farm

It’s been a long journey. All I can really go on is how I feel, trying to determine if we “click.” Will our ideas, beliefs, values, priorities mash well? As good as cheddar cheese n’ garlic mashed potatoes? Am I ready for a long term commitment? What if it doesn’t work out? What if it’s nothing like I imagined it to be? Do you just know that it’s the “one”?

I’m talking about finding the right farm. After all, it is an eight month commitment of getting down and dirty while learning how to care for plants and animals. My most recent visit included a few days at Forgotten Thyme Farm in Enosburg Falls, Vermont. Forgotten Thyme Farm is a 45 acre organic farm/homestead practicing sustainable agriculture. The farm is run by Bill and Melissa, both formerly bankers who couldn’t shake their fate to farm. They are now proud owners of a large vegetable garden, Icelandic sheep, chickens, pigs, a family cow, her calf and two Belgian draft horses.

The Friendly Ram

Cow and Calf

The horses are used for many farm activities, including garden preparation, logging and haying.

On the farm you can also find fruit trees, strawberries, blueberries and medicinal herbs. Melissa generously shares her homesteading knowledge of bread baking, soap and candle making, medicinal herbs and the preparation of butter, cheese, yogurt and ice cream as well as food preservation, firewood cutting and wool spinning. Whew! Can you believe one family can do all that? Pretty amazing! While I muddle over my decision of the one, I thought you might enjoy these photos, fresh from the farm.

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