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Harmony Homestead Dispatch #6

Well, I’m back in New Jersey for a few more days until we leave for Peru, and I’m missing Harmony Homestead terribly. Seven weeks passed in a blink!

Whether we were working or playing, every minute was fun.

We stopped for ice cream after an afternoon at the Manchester farmers’ market (where Paul was playing) and a good long browse at Northshire Books (where Linsey picked up a blank book entitled The Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin. Bwahahahaha.) From left: Jasmin, Gail, Paul, Nick, Linsey, Niki, Sal, and on the bottom, Geneviève with Grace and Luna. If you look closely you can see that Sal isn’t wearing any shoes. That’s because his only pair got smelly beyond any possibility of continued wearing, so after ice cream we went to a shoe store, where they had JUST locked the door (it was about 7pm by then). The woman looked down at his feet, unlocked the door again, and ushered him inside. The rest of us sat in the car and laughed and laughed.

A few days later (July 17th, to be exact), we went for a ton of interesting sustainability workshops, good food, awesome live music and contra dancing at Solarfest. Above, Leslie is leading us on a ‘weed walk,’ where we learned a lot about the medicinal uses of wildflowers like yarrow and stinging nettle.

And of course, we spent most of each day in the garden:

You will notice that we were way behind in the planting, and there’s a very unfortunate reason for that. At any rate, everything got put in the ground eventually and we’re hoping for the best.

This is why they’re called polebeans. Paul showed us how to lash, and then Birch Bark Jim (he’s the best, I wish I’d gotten a picture of him) helped us construct the tee-pees. That was the most fun I’ve had in the garden so far.

More photos soon!

1 Comment to Harmony Homestead Dispatch #6

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    August 5, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    How could you possibly miss the farm when you are with me?!

    I'm so happy that you have found a place that you fits you so well!

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