| Plough & Stars Project http://ploughandstarsproject.com A Neighborhood CSA for Medford and Somerville Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:02:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 Taller, Straighter, Prouder http://ploughandstarsproject.com/taller-straighter-prouder/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/taller-straighter-prouder/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 02:46:37 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=4455 The picture above isn’t from our farm. Obviously we didn’t take it – our lovely friend Nancy did. But I LOVE this photo. It perfectly illustrates this period in my... Read the Rest →

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Rain and Foxes http://ploughandstarsproject.com/small-farm-struggles/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/small-farm-struggles/#comments Sat, 10 May 2014 16:28:25 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=4435 For months after our son was born, Dina and I routinely woke in the middle of the night, panicked that our infant was tangled in the sheets. One of us... Read the Rest →

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Farming Without A Farm http://ploughandstarsproject.com/farming-without-farm/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/farming-without-farm/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 01:44:13 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=4413 “Are you effing kidding me?!!” Dina’s voice leapt the ten inches from the phone’s speaker and pierced my dazed brain. “A car ran into our tractor?”  “Something like that.” I... Read the Rest →

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Welcome to Farming! http://ploughandstarsproject.com/welcome-farming/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/welcome-farming/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:15:34 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=4403 Winter. Tea in hand, farmer curls up by the fire, thumbs through seed catalogues and dreams leisurely dreams about the harvest yet to come. Snow falls quietly. Begin nap sequence.... Read the Rest →

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Final Chores http://ploughandstarsproject.com/our-final-chores/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/our-final-chores/#comments Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:58:06 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=4072 We slaughtered ninety-seven chickens. Raised the timber frame. Prepped our early fields for winter. Harvested a crazy number of tomatoes. Moved our animals to fresh pasture, one final time. And... Read the Rest →

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Moving Pictures http://ploughandstarsproject.com/moving-pictures/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/moving-pictures/#comments Sat, 05 Oct 2013 01:10:11 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=4001 One year ago today, Dina and I held our breath in a darkened exam room as our doctor studied an ultrasound glowing on a screen overhead. Years of tests, procedures... Read the Rest →

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The Virginia Creeper http://ploughandstarsproject.com/weed-id-the-virginia-creeper/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/weed-id-the-virginia-creeper/#comments Mon, 02 Sep 2013 18:22:21 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=3985 Back before I liked girls, back when the tiny cone-shaped holes that pockmarked my elementary school’s windows mystified me, it took exactly 45 steps to walk from gym class to... Read the Rest →

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In The Weeds http://ploughandstarsproject.com/in-the-weeds/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/in-the-weeds/#comments Sat, 03 Aug 2013 23:00:37 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=3958 Nine months ago, the hard-neck garlic went into the ground.  We fifteen wide-eyed and eager student farmers, just weeks into our academic year, cased the immaculate field unbroken by latent... Read the Rest →

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Too Much of a Good Thing http://ploughandstarsproject.com/too-much-of-a-good-thing/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/too-much-of-a-good-thing/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 23:40:06 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=3918 “A dry summer will scare you to death.  A wet summer will starve you to death.” Fellow famer John Moore intoned these words as he watched a slow trickle of... Read the Rest →

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Same Land, New Landscape http://ploughandstarsproject.com/same-land-new-landscape/ http://ploughandstarsproject.com/same-land-new-landscape/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:21:32 +0000 http://ploughandstarsproject.com/?p=3893 Last October, when I first arrived here at Maggie’s Farm, the onions and shallots had long been harvested.  The only vegetable residents of ‘Home Base,’ which is what they call... Read the Rest →

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