Weather Drama and Learning About Snow

What better time to start a weather unit than the famous month of March.  We are definitely still in the “in like a lion” phase and there are plenty of teachable moments happening right outside our classroom doors!  And most of our students have enjoyed extra outdoor time on our unplanned “snow days” and are sharing all kinds of reports. Elementary is starting a weather unit, learning how to read clouds, reviewing the water cycle and even building and testing made barometers.  The HDP and FDP classes both learned how to use the loops to study ice crystals. FDP has …

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New Writing

I published a couple of new articles this month that I want to share here.  One is a piece about my grandfather’s NYC fruit and vegetable store   and the second is on trying to embrace the temporary during sukkot. Maybe you want to click over and read them. Lots of other writing ideas are bubbling up for me now, so we will see what comes next! Happy end of October!  Expect some posts about nature based preschool and elementary school ideas. And winter on the farm, which is coming fast.  

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Crimson Clover and an Article

It is finally spring on the farm and things are moving really fast right now. We are starting our CSA shortly, asparagus and lettuce are coming in and crimson clover is turning the fields red with flowers. Crimson clover is a cover crop that helps feed the soil by fixing nitrogen. The beautiful red flowers are a bonus and they are great for pollinators and photo ops.  I would love to find some floral designers who love them as much as I do because we have lots of it every spring.  Here is a view of the clover stand now. …

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Happy End of Passover

Today, I was happy to get the children down to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum today to say goodbye to the dinosaur hall before it is closed for renovation fort 5 years — a span of time unimaginable to my 4 year old.  We managed to tear through millions of years in a matter of 40 minutes.  On the way home, I fielded amazing questions about evolution from my 7 year old. It is time to check some Darwin books out of the library because we were quickly in over my  head. Also, I want to share a piece I …

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Article in Acres USA this Month

I had an article published in the fabulous Acres USA magazine this month about our SARE funded project to make dehydrated vegetables like kale chips on our farm. Acres is a great magazine for ecological and sustainable farming ideas of all kinds and it has been in print for the past 40 years! We still have one more  year to work on the grant and get our new products ready for market.   I plan to write more about what happens with the dryer this coming season and post some recipe ideas. Here is a link to a my article in …

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Spring Time Hurry

– A  guest post by husband/farmer Scott Hertzberg (who tried to post this on his blog but it wound up here, he says)   We have had a real winter this year capped off with snow a few days into official spring. Unlike last year, I do not have much planted yet, just some onions and garlic. We have a lot of greenhouse plants ready to go out and this week the weather will finally warm up enough to get them into the ground. It will be a mad dash to do six weeks of work in three weeks.Soon after …

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