Category Archives: farms

Medicinal Herb Survey at the Lower Farm

Remedios de Ledoux Wild plants have been used by humans for medicinal purposes since prehistoric times. In the past two thousand years volumes of books have been written, by herbalists from around the world, to document the preparation and use … Continue reading

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Apple Blossoms and Lilacs

  Apple blossoms bring back memories of my youth. In back of the homes across the street from where I lived was a long narrow cornfield. Running in a perfectly straight line on the far side of the cornfield was … Continue reading

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George Washington – Farmer

“To encourage literature and the arts is a duty which every good citizen owes to his country.”     G. Washington At the time of George Washington’s birth in 1732 there were thirteen individual colonies along the eastern seaboard of North … Continue reading

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A unique American invention – the apple parer

Found in an old cabin In mid 1850s America, a growing middle class sought out new mechanical aides and labor-saving machines for the home. The birth of American industry saw a proliferation of these mass produced items made of cast … Continue reading

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New Mexico calling

Update: 10 July 2015 There comes a time when we realize we have wandered down some side trail other than the path we had intended to travel. And such it was. For the past ten years I have been the … Continue reading

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Disappearing World

The rural roots of  personal identity and community have been cut off. Our heritage is disappearing. A way of life and livelihood is disappearing. Knowledge of skills is disappearing. Self reliance is disappearing. Family farms are disappearing. People live huddled … Continue reading

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Cottage industries support community

  How can rural communities  advance the common goal of economic stability, healthy living and environmental stewardship? Food, clothing and shelter are the necessities of human survival. These industries and the transportation of these goods also have the largest impact … Continue reading

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