March 22, 2017

The member of the animal kingdom most frequently associated with jewelry heists is decidedly feline:  the cat burglar. 

But in my case, it was a chicken.  A chicken named Condi.

Her full name, actually, was Condoleeza Rice.  Like all of my hens, she was named after a famous woman I admire.  Her “sisters” – the first batch of day-old chickens I ever raised – included Rosa Parks, Amelia Earhardt, and Ma...

March 11, 2017

Some women pine for a Birken bag, or long for a pair of Louboutins. 

I, on the other hand, want a hoop house. 

Also known as a high tunnel, or unheated greenhouse, a hoop house is a key tool for extending the growing season.  It’s virtually a necessity for the proper cultivation of certain flowers, such as sweet peas, that need months of sunny but cool temperatures to develop the long stems needed for a cu...

March 11, 2017

I surprised myself when I decided to become a farmer-florist.  I definitely surprised my husband, who still hasn’t quite wrapped his head around the fact that his business suit-clad, reasonably well put together wife transforms on a regular basis into an overalls-wearing, mud-caked and sweat-drenched field hand.  That I also leave my floral design studio (ahem, I mean, our kitchen) in a state of Edward S...

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