by Hannah The Queer Farmer Convergence wasn’t actually my idea—one day last January I was crying into my phone to a friend, feeling lonely, needing to be seen. Her response was to create an instagram account for me (@queerdirt) and to make real the idea that queer farmers don’t need to be alone in that … More Queer Farmer Convergence: a host’s recap and learnings
I founded Humble Hands Harvest as a vegetable farm in 2013. Last year, after 4 years of renting, I bought a 8-acres of bare land and added Emily Fagan as a business partner. We asked for and received a lot of support from this community and from our families to install a well and other … More Winneshiek Idea House Trout Tank “pitch”
What do farmers do in the winter? Well, we cook a lot of squash and potatoes. We experiment with fermentation–sourdough with home-grown hand-harvested wheat, as well as a sauerkraut party last week with the last of the cabbages! We sat down to make our budget for the year. We’ve made our seed orders, and are … More January farmer life
From Hannah: Do you all remember when we launched a farmraiser, complete with a party and a crowdfunding campaign? It’s been a deliciously full six months. So much has changed in that time: the carrots were planted, they germinated, we weeded them a time or two, and now we just started to harvest them. Before … More The Carrots are Here! A Farmraiser come to Fruition.
As I sit writing this I see two deer in the pasture next to the vegetable field, and I’m so grateful for the deer fence that went up this spring! I also see four deer just up the hill from where my sheep are today–yowza! They’re everywhere! Hearing coyotes yapping too, and frogs and crickets, … More CSA 6/28