A Peacock’s Day Out

by Laura Parker Roerden The phrase “and mayhem ensued” turns out to have real application when you have animals. Recently, in a fit of cleanliness, I asked our handyman Keith to help spring clean the barn. He tidied up in general, but because he’s no slouch, he decided to surprise me by washing the historic windows that line […]

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We’re All Bigger on the Inside

by Laura Parker Roerden We’re still patiently awaiting the arrival of Mezzie’s first calf, which has felt just minutes away for five long days. My own first baby was born during a snowstorm in late January, when everything is quiet and suspended and nature gives us the blank slate on which to write a new […]

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Awaiting Lambs

by Laura Parker Roerden (September 24, 2015) Fall 2014 the young people (ages 8-15) of our Farm Camp raised enough money at our annual Farm Camp Friendraiser to purchase two lambs to begin a fiber arts project. The idea of raising wool at Jo-Erl Farm is a symbolic nod to our beloved Blackstone Valley’s storied past […]

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Peafowl: Reflections on Love, Rain and Separation

by Laura Parker Roerden Someone recently asked me over a glass of wine in a busy bar why I had gotten peafowl. I fumbled to answer, as the response was not neat or tidy. It was all somehow entangled with grief, a long drought, and my place in a decisive turn of the wheel of time. As […]

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A Grateful Heart(h)

Reflections on a Farm Thanksgiving by Laura Parker Roerden A few things we are grateful for: The long shadows of late fall, which ask us to look at things differently. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ We sometimes come home to find handmade gifts from customers—from Richard McCaffrey’s delicious cookies, to home dried sea salt, to preserves and the apron Brenda Marshall made for […]

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Everywhere That Mary Went. . .

by Laura Parker Roerden When we first brought our lambs home, our plan was to pasture them with the cows. Cows and sheep have different foraging appetites, making their co-habitation in the pasture more efficient. Cattle are also great predator protection for sheep, aggressively attacking coyote and bonding with sheep within a two week period of […]

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