Home on the Grange

Sometimes life gives us grand, easily-recognizable landmarks. Moments when even a total stranger could look in and immediately understand why something is important, why it is good: A new job, the birth of a child. But it’s too easy to be on the lookout only for those, and to lose those quiet, subtle moments of…

And so it begins…

I don’t even know where to start. Followers of this blog will not have missed the fact that it’s been over a month since my last post. What can I say? I’ve been away for over a month. But the farm has been cartwheeling forwards as always, in the capable hands of Lacey, Logan, Mark,…

Farm Tour!

No, not The Farm Tour – that’s a big thing around here – but late last week, Natembea welcomed the local Food Council and friends to come see what we were up to. I’ll admit I was kind of nervous – I think we all were. We were expecting 20-30 folks, all deeply knowledgeable about food production…

The Fragile Season

If you had asked me, when I woke up this morning, how I expected to spend my day, I probably would have had a pretty laid back list: bike into town for Tinker’s yoga class? Definitely. Spend a few hours coding over coffee? Absolutely. Catch up with Tom after lunch? If I could manage it….

Sweet Seed Flower Farm

As most of you know, Natembea is a not-yet-well-defined collaborative between us (the Cohns) and a bunch of local farmers, most of whom are just getting started on their new ventures….

A Sure, Good Thing

It hailed the morning we planted chestnuts, too. That was almost a year ago, to the day, in the lee of our first winter with the farm. Logan had proposed the (to me) crazy idea of an orchard spanning the northern half of the farm’s “cityside,” comprising  an army of 100(!) chestnut trees and 160…

Hazelnut Work Party, Sat Feb 24th

We’re going nuts on the farm next week. Hazelnuts, to be precise. Logan, Lacey, Brendon and Shay have prepared the northeast pasture for 160(!) adorable hazelnut saplings that we’ll be putting into the ground this coming Saturday, February 24th at the farm, at 3057 7th St, in Port Townsend. We’d love to have all the help…

The Good Life

Most of you know that I’ve spent the better part of January up and around the farm. It’s been an experiment in seeing whether I’m more effective pushing things ahead with the well, the city wetland permits and the like in person than I have been over the phone. So far, results have been…mixed. But…

Into the Woods

So, this is just a chatty update, but I realized that I forgot to tell y’all: A few months ago, we arranged to buy 20 acres of woods on the north edge of the farm. I’d only actually ventured into those woods a couple of times, and it didn’t usually end well. But when the…

Wintering

We’ve got two weeks to go until the solstice, but tonight, at these latitudes, is the earliest sunset of the year. Last night, in the dark before the waning moon rose, the coyotes came right up under the back porch window and howled their hearts out. Perhaps they were after the field mice that have…

Winter’s Call

It’s been almost two months (two months!) since I’ve been back – work, travel, family and the usual exigencies of life – and in that time, Autumn has swept entirely by. My understanding of farm life and farming is still laughably meager for someone nominally in charge of such a bounty of land, but I…

Well, Well, Hey, Hey…

Yeah, I know it should be “Hay, Hay,” but work with me here: stuff’s happening on the farm. We’ve got the start of a hole in the ground for a well, and veteran hayer Greg Lechtenberg has his vintage tractors out haying the back forty. Our own tractor finally has its new wheels, too, and…