Our garden keeps many secrets. Even before we tuck our first seeds in the ground, stories are being written that will affect the lives of our soon-to-be seedlings. Soil structure and fertility, disease agents, weather, pH, are only a tiny fraction of the complex language of a plant’s life which, little by little, we’re starting to learn: Limp leaves? Needs water. Stunted carrots? Remove more rocks. Wet smelly compost? Add more browns. Buckshot Kale? Fertilize like crazy and cross your fingers. But no matter how much we water, listen, fertilize,... 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!
If you take 25 minutes out of your day and watch these two videos, you don’t ever have to come back to this blog again. It would make us very sad, but there is probably nothing we could say or do to would better explain why the system we live in is failing us all. Tell me if this doesn’t sound broken to you: “Our enormously productive economy demands that we make consumption our way of life, that we convert the buying and use of goods into rituals, that we... Read the Rest →
I spent 4 years in college studying the human body. My interest in life at that point was to comprehend how the 10 trillion cells that make us up work together. But as it turns out, those 10 trillion cells are but a fraction of the whole. We’re actually made up of 100 trillion cells. Those other 90 trillion cells of “us” aren’t genetically “us” at all, but make up our very own microbiome: a whole ecosystem of viruses, bacteria and microorganisms that live in and on our body. The... Read the Rest →