Thursday, January 27, 2011


While wandering around on the internet, I came across Cold Antler Farm's blog.  On the sidebar, there is a picture of a diseased heart. 
  One with a disease that will infect and take hold of your heart.  
That's right, Farmheart.  
I think I first contracted in in early childhood.
My grandmother's friend had sheep.
They were soft and woolie and just fun.
I would tell my grandmother how I was going to be
a farmer and a stained glass window maker and a veterinarian.
I guess I would have been very busy.
I also remember going to my great grandfather's farm.  He had tons on ground bees living underground.
In the hot summer, they were fanning out their hives.  My brother and I stomped on those bees out of fear.
I remember the anger our great grandfather had at the sight of this.
These were valuable pollinators.
His dear friends.
He explained how everything on a farm worked together.
Maybe that's what I love about our little backyard homestead.
We work on it.
We dream about it.
It brings us all together.
Having a bad case of farmheart gets me through those rough times.
When the "hen" is actually a rooster.
When it is cold and things need to be done.
When it is 100 degrees in the shade and canning needs to be done.
But it is also a rewarding disease.
How many diseases can you say that about.
Because of it, I've seen my son hold a little baby chick so tenderly and whisper in awe,
"Isn't it a cutie?"
Because of it, my kids know vegetables don't come from a store.
Because of it, my daughter will sit next to me and tell me how she wants to wear a sheep as I knit (on a sock!)
(Insert silly mental image of a 2 year old with a big sheep on her back.)
Because of it, I sit hour after hour at night
sipping on tea (that I grew)
dreaming of the garden while pouring over seed catalogs.
Because of it, I yearn to get dirty.
Are you infected too?


  1. I had never been on a farm until I moved to one over ten years ago, but ever since I was young, I knew where I wanted to be.

    I can't imagine living anywhere else.

  2. I don't think I caught it, real bad, until the summer after burying my head in books for one too many a year, I worked at an amazing retail greenhouse and field production operation. There are so many ways to survive with farmheart--and to express it--that is what makes it such a GREAT disease.

  3. Yes. My childhood dream was to be on a farm. We are in town now, but have gardens and chickens and a clothesline. It is the closest I can get right now...but I for sure have been infected.

  4. I read that blog too. It is entertaining for sure!

  5. Your post was flat out beautiful! Brought a tear to my eye.


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