Lovely progress on the keyline path. This provides access to the wooded hillside on the north part of the farm. The green line shows the portion now complete and the blue what I hope to finish this summer. We shall see! Just for fun, here’s a video shot from Doris driving from where the blue and…

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The time has come to find a real farmer. In the four years since we bought this place I’ve had a great time cleaning up the mess and beginning to restore the soil and infrastructure. While I do hope to continue to be involved in the future, after this season (already under contract) I’d like…

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Last night Cannon Falls got 10 inches of rain. The farm took a bit of a beating as you can see from the photos. We lost our culvert completely: a 6-foot diameter corrugated steel pipe was washed 120 yards downstream around an S curve, and a 4-foot diameter 40-foot long culvert wound up at a…

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This week another milestone in our farm project was passed: the culvert for crossing the creek is now complete. This will make all the difference in the world to the function of the farm as the largest fields and hillside are now easily accessible from the farmyard. Remember the heaps of rubble? Remember all the…

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I’m thinking about next year. If you’ve been down to visit you may have noticed that our tillable acreage naturally falls into four or five fields as you can see in the aerial photo below. At the moment all but the smallest field are in alfalfa – good for organic transition.  It’s now been over…

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Thanks to Chad and Mike, Emery and Dennis! We have trusses up, a roof, basement stairs and interior walls. With some windows and doors we’ll be able to work on the interior no matter what happens with the weather . . .  Up in the woods I’ve nearly completed the snowshoeing/mushroom trail. Also thinking about…

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What an amazing weekend! In a complex two-day dance, folks from multiple communities came together at the farm to build, sheath and raise all the walls for the new farm office. My heart was near to bursting as I watched people with different levels of skill, experience and physical strength working together in elegant cooperation:…

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Big big thanks to John, Chad and Tracey for getting the sill, rim joists, floor joists and subfloor in in just a day. Wow, do I have skilled, hard-working and talented friends (who are darn good company to boot!).

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This weekend, everything changed at the farm. What had been Bob’s project with visits and a little help from family and a few friends began to become part of the life of our communities. What amazing, generous, talented and hard-working friends we have! Folks from seven to the seventies joined our family at the farm…

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The picturesque Sogn Valley near Cannon Falls, Minnesota has seduced me. With no farming experience but a passion for sustainable agriculture we went and bought a 55 acre farm in this lovely area. The farm includes 25-30 acres of rich bottomland with a small creek running through it, the balance is south-facing woodland with old…

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