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A commitment to community

A commitment to community

Winter is here and most Farmers Markets are closed for the season. For a lot of growers, the cooler seasons are a time for planning and reflection and learning from the successes and mistakes of the growing season. This past year my family and I ran a market booth we called Sulphur Springs Truck Patch. […]

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December 1, 2018 | By More
Jake

Jake

The raggedy old collar resurfaced while cleaning up the back room. As I sat down on our kindling box and traced a finger over the orange nylon, an afternoon sun illuminated one auburn hair wedged in the buckle. I thought about my friend. His name was Jake. He was the biggest pup in the litter, […]

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Hunter

Hunter

I watch her movements become slow and deliberate as rustling leaves bring her to alert. An image of the oak tree reflects in her dilated pupils. Shaky hands testify to the adrenaline racing through her veins. I whisper, “can you see it?” There is no reply. “It’s on the third branch up.” Searching eyes scrutinize […]

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October 1, 2018 | By More
Downtime

Downtime

Last week I had a bit of a reentering. One afternoon while playing outside, my children tipped over a cardboard box to discover a whole congregation of snails. Knowing that I love snails, they came inside excitedly to tell me. “What do snails eat?” my middle child asked. For some reason, that question has echoed […]

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September 1, 2018 | By More
Headwaters

Headwaters

The pool is barely wider than my 9-foot fly rod. Riffles are mere trickles. The creek disappears just beyond the next pool, filtering through porous karst into the soil and stone itself for several yards and then back to the surface. The stretches of dry, sun bleached rock appear alabaster from a distance. But closer […]

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August 1, 2018 | By More
The more things change, the more they stay the same

The more things change, the more they stay the same

It’s another hot, hot day in Yell County. All the garden weeding must be done before 8 a.m or after 6 p.m. when the sun isn’t directly overhead. When pulling out the thick Bermuda grass even our red clay soil is hot to the touch. Similarly, the first sprays of water coming out of the […]

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July 1, 2018 | By More
A Quiet Place

A Quiet Place

After watching the psychological thriller, A Quiet Place, I have a newly formed respect and appreciation for waterfalls. If you’ve not made a trip to the theater yet, don’t worry, I won’t be lacing in any spoilers. In this post-apocalyptic version of Earth, humankind must remain completely quiet in order to survive a species that […]

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June 1, 2018 | By More
Home Waters

Home Waters

One early morning a few weeks ago I stepped onto my porch and heard a roar coming from under the hill. It took me a moment to realize that the heavy rains and regional flooding that had washed out the low water bridges and turned our front yard into a lake had also taken the […]

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May 1, 2018 | By More
How to save the world. First, you’ll need a Mason jar.

How to save the world. First, you’ll need a Mason jar.

For seven days and seven nights the rain came in drizzles, downpours and late-winter mist. When the sun finally appeared on the first of March, the golden rays summoned a dramatic transformation. Spring had been waiting just on the other side of those rains as the first wave of tentative green blanketed the neighbor’s horse […]

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April 1, 2018 | By More
The magic is  in the balance

The magic is in the balance

I’ve made a lot of mistakes making bone broth. It’s a pretty simple process, really, but like all simple processes the magic is in that balance between nuance and precision. Sometimes my process is unbalanced. If you aren’t familiar with making bone both, let me back up and tell you what it is. Basically, it’s […]

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March 1, 2018 | By More