Chickens get up early, poop a lot and waste a ton of food – all of which are problems for lazy chicken farmers, like ourselves. Over the two years we have owned our chickens, I have devised a few strategies that have allowed us to continue to be as lazy, or perhaps efficient, as possible. First of all, I have to give a shout out to Mark King of King’s Berry Farm who made us our coop. It is a project I could have done myself, but the time it would... Read the Rest →
The Plough and Stars Project is a year-long narrative by us - photojournalists Erik Jacobs and Dina Rudick - chronicling our family's attempt to become first generation farmers through The Farm School in Athol, Massachusetts. It is a weekly story, told in two parts - words and photos - about the challenges of living our values through life on the farm, the inspiration that sustains us and the lessons learned throughout. The first day of Farm School began on October 4th. You can start there or dive right into this week's post. Either way, please be sure to follow the 'more photos' link at the end of each post. Thanks for visiting!
Favorite things overheard recently: One early spring day one of our neighbors who was out walking her dogs and talking on the phone saw us at work in our garden and said to the person on the other end of the line, “Looks like the farmers market people are out working again.” And more recently, our mailman who seemed impressed with the gardens wanted to know if we sold our vegetables at Whole Foods. Deep down, I think we’re somewhat honored to be taken so seriously that we could... Read the Rest →
A Real-Life Lego Set! An amazing group of people in Missouri, led by Marcin Jakubowski, have started something called the Open Source Ecology Project which is a network of farmers, engineers, and supporters that is creating FREE, open source plans for building your own, low-cost, high performance Industrial Machines – everything that it takes to build a sustainable civilization with modern comforts. The Global Village Construction set, as it is called, lowers the barriers to entry into farming, building, and manufacturing and can be seen as a life-size lego-like set of modular tools... Read the Rest →
On September 5th, 1977, NASA launched Voyager 1 on a mission to study our solar system and the space that lies beyond it. As it sped away from us, visiting each of the planets in turn, it provided us with glimpses of our “neighborhood” that had never been seen before: active volcanos on one of Jupiter’s moons, technicolor rings of Saturn and the cool blue surfaces of Neptune. After 13 years, upon reaching the edge of our solar system, it turned backwards to face us again and snapped one final... Read the Rest →