Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
As life away from the ranch beckons, a treasured horse becomes a cure for homesickness.During the summer of 1963, when Khamette was a four-year-old, we traveled many miles together. She was my favorite horse for checking cows because she had such a fast walk and trot and was always eager to go. We could cover the whole range in a lot less time than I could have on a lazy horse that needed continual urging. The more we did together, the more we understood one another and we became a good team. My brother rode her a few times when we rode range.
|My brother Rocky rode Khamette a few times when we rode range. Here he is getting off to open a gate.|
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
The author of two groundbreaking books on butchering writes about the extraordinary things that happen when professionals share their knowledge and experience with talented colleagues.
What's one thing you're inspired to change after #chefsummit14? pic.twitter.com/zy9lhJG21jChefs Collaborative is a non-profit organization that believes in changing the American food system for the better by influencing and improving the way restaurants source their ingredients. Every year, chefs and food professionals from around the country come together in a location steeped in agricultural history, undiscovered potential, and forward-thinking mavericks for a summit celebrating farming and food service.
— Chefs Collaborative (@chefscollab) October 2, 2014
In the interest of full disclosure, I’m a board member of the Collaborative, and as we descended on Boulder, Colorado, for this year’s summit, I was also a first-time presenter.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Presenting at a Mother Earth News Fair, like the one in Kansas this weekend, is a learning experience for the teacher, too.
|Nan Chase presents to a full house at the Pennsylvania Mother Earth News Fair in September. Photo by Matt LaBombard.|
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Falling in love with a new skill sometimes means going back to basics.
|The tools of the trade: spindle, niddy-noddy, and roving|
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Whiskey, wine, or homesteading skills: whatever your preference, here’s where you’ll find our authors over the next two weeks.
|Lew Bryson and DeNeice C. Guest have got the East Coast covered.|
Friday, October 24
- Philadelphia, PA: Lew Bryson signs copies of Tasting Whiskey at The Trestle Inn, 6–9pm.
Saturday, October 25
- Atlanta, GA: Melissa Caughey, author of A Kid’s Guide to Keeping Chickens (forthcoming in spring 2015), speaks on the main stage at the Country Living Fair, 11am.
- Lancaster, PA: Lew Bryson visits the bookstore at Franklin & Marshall College to sign copies of Tasting Whiskey, 2:30–4:30pm.
- Topeka, KS: The Mother Earth News Fair rolls into Topeka for the weekend, and a number of Storey authors will be speaking and signing throughout the weekend, including Rosemary Gladstar, Nan K. Chase, Stephanie Tourles, and The Livestock Conservancy’s Jeannette Beranger and Alison Martin.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Hard work early on pays off for a young horse and her rider.
I led her to our old round corral to ride her for the first time. There, she wouldn’t be able to get up much speed if she became frightened. I put weight in the stirrup a few times, which didn’t bother her, so I got on, being careful not to startle her by bumping her. She stood quietly, and it didn’t bother her at all when I shifted my weight in the saddle. I got off and on a few times.
Friday, October 17, 2014
As the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival kicks off tomorrow, I thought I’d share some photos from a recent visit to another fall fleece and fiber celebration far away from the fair grounds in Rhinebeck.
The Wool Festival at Taos, New Mexico, held annually during the first weekend of October, is considerably smaller in scale than Rhinebeck, but the Southwest has its own rich fiber arts story to tell, and it’s hard to beat stand after stand of Navajo-Churro roving, Colorado yak, Navajo weaving demonstrations, and countless other tantalizing offerings for the spinners, knitters, crocheters, and weavers.
With a gorgeous backdrop of the mountains (the festival takes place in Kit Carson Park) and free admission, it’s well worth the visit. —Emily Spiegelman, Digital Features Editor
|It’s a modest sign at the entry to the park.|
|There were beautiful wovens everywhere.|
|Toadlena Trading Post had handspun Navajo wool.|
|Weaving as a political and cultural statement: I’d love to see her finished product.|
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Let your pumpkins live up to their beyond-pie potential.
|Photo © Scott Dorrance|
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
It’s the last Bloom Day of the 2014 calendar year.Though it feels like fall came early, we’re not without a few final bursts of pink, purple, and brilliant yellow among the deeper autumn hues. What’s flowering where you are?
Mary Velgos, North Adams, Massachusetts
|Blooms from the coast of Maine, both garden...|