Maybe Parul sewed the Gap jeans (slim fit, incredibly cute) that I keep on hand when my granddaughters come over and we go play in the dirt. Sixteen-year-old Parul lives in the slums of Dhaka with her family and makes $15 a month working in the garment industry sewing clothes for companies like Gap and Walmart. Fortunately, she didn’t work […]Read more ›
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Mark and I try to pasture-base our chickens so they can always have fresh grass to eat. Chickens love grass and egg-eaters get more Omega-3s from grass-fed hens. Most farmers who pasture-base chickens keep them in mobile coops they drag to a new spot in the pasture every day. That gives grass recovery time between chicken scratch-n-munch sessions because totally free ranging […]Read more ›
At Fern Creek we grow five varieties of apples, multiple varieties of pears and peaches and strawberries, plus raspberries, blueberries, marionberries and plums. We’ll grow about 35 different vegetable crops, which all told include over 75 varieties. Not your typical farm. We represent a new face in farming that includes crop diversity, direct sales to folks who eat what […]Read more ›
I’ve been deep cleaning the two hen houses this week. The 50 hens that live at Fern Creek give us a lot of poop-infused straw bedding that breaks down into really great fertilizer. We spread that nitrogen-rich bedding on strawberry plants, around fruit trees, along rows of raspberries and marion berries, and know that we are replenishing the earth in […]Read more ›
I’m on my way home. It’s dark outside now, and I’m high above some state in the southeast corridor of the US, where some of you, down below, are returning home from work and starting dinner. A couple of days ago I mentioned on Facebook that when I flew over Colorado farms the starkness of naked land struck me as […]Read more ›