Finding a Balance

I don’t hold much store in making New Year’s resolutions, but this past weekend had me thinking that if I were to make one for 2015, it might be to try to find a better balance between running our business(s), finishing building our house, some down time with a bit of homesteading thrown in. Weekends…

Double Duty

One of the native shrubs which we grow at our nursery is Aronia melanocarpa – with the not so attractive common name of chokeberry. Many people confuse chokeberry with chokecherry. We grow both, but the two are quite different form each other. Aronia is quite the overachiever in my books. It has great landscape value…

A Special Crop

Well, it’s been an exciting day around here as we finally have an official farm designation sign! For some years (10 to be exact), we have been growing native tree and shrubs under the umbrella of our parent company Enviroscape Inc. Late last year we decided to separate the growing end of things from the…

The Bright Side

Been a bit down as of late and haven’t felt much like writing to be honest. I am rather angry at Mother Nature at the moment. This winter thus far hasn’t been an easy one, and it’s not even the end of January! First we had to deal with two episodes of frozen waterlines, ran…

liquid gold

Thank goodness I married a McGyver! Not only is he a handsome dude, but extremely handy. Red Green would be overwhelmed with envy! It’s a beautiful, beautiful place this farm upon which we live, but sometimes life on the farm ain’t easy. Something is always broken. I’m not sure what we would do if we…

Letting Go

Often I lie awake early in the morning and look at the enormous white pines just outside our bedroom window. I worry about them when storm systems roll in like the one we just experienced. Whenever the weather forecast calls for either freezing rain or wet snow, as well as worrying about the roads, I…