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A farmer’s Christmas wish list


This has been a super year to be a farmer. I’m thrilled that many of you have switched to buying local meat from Miles Smith Farm and other beef...

There’s been quite a bit in the news about the shortage of Christmas trees this year, so for those of us who prefer fresh trees, perhaps we can’t...

‘I’ve got something for you,” my husband calls from the front door. He’s found an oddly beautiful beetle in the autumn woods. It’s around three...

The scoop on soil


We often call it dirt, but the soil beneath our feet, in our gardens and under the plants of the forests and fields is far more than grit and mud...

Horses will flee; cattle may fight


Have you ever wondered which is smarter: cows or horses? I think they’re intelligence is about equal, but their behavior is different. Here’s what...

Homeyer: Do you deserve a medal?


As I walked around the garden recently with my wife, Cindy Heath, she turned to me and said, “Anybody whose gardens looks great at this time of...

Characteristics of the common, colorful grackle


The grackle appeared early last spring, the day before I put the feeder away (so as not to tempt the bears who would soon be awakening from their...

No, it’s not too late to eat local


The pandemic threw me off my stride, and while Marianne has staffed the Miles Smith Farm booth selling our meat, I was only recently free to visit...

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