Happy New Year!


Howdy from Homeland FarmWell, I am still alive. One might wonder, in light of the fact it has been (ahem) years since I last blogged. Yikes! Time can get away from you, and it did me. Let's get reacquainted, shall we?

My name is Carmen and I live on a (now) 6th generation Maine family farm. My granddaughter Amelia was born 3 years ago, which I think is partially why I haven't done much writing. Easy to get caught up in a new grandchild, to be sure. She is the 6th generation of our family to call Homeland Farm home. Long live the FAMILY FARM!

Due to various health issues, we got away from farming a bit, over the last few years as well. Just starting to get back on track, and are busily making plans for a bigger garden this year. Nothing like the arrival of the seed catalogs to light a fire under you and make you hanker for spring! I've heard we are due for a bigger storm this week, so dreaming about flowers and fresh vegetables will be it for awhile, I'm afraid. Oh..and new laying hens..we are down to a handful of layers, most of which are freeloaders. Time for hens that earn their keep!

Speaking of earning their keep, us humans stayed busy this fall. We stacked wood, (well the menfolk did..I did the heavy looking on..), got bad fences taken down, the big field mowed, and I managed to can or freeze quite a bit from our garden. I love opening a can of homegrown stewed tomatoes in February. I always say it is just like opening a can of summer. I made strawberry jam, raspberry jam,and grape jelly as well. They are always well liked in the midst of a long, Maine winter. I give a few jars away each Christmas too. They make a great gift for those not able to make their own.


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carmen horton
1/13/2019 3:27:18 PM

Thanks jjay and Dave! We are busily making out our order forms for seeds on this single digit day here in Maine. Hope springs eternal, as they say..:)

1/10/2019 8:38:13 PM

Carmen, sounds like you enjoyed harvest, preserving, watching the menfolk shop and store up firewood and all. Good to hear the news. Continued blessings in your Maine family farming and 3yr old grand-babydoll. Nothing quite like grand-motherhood.

1/8/2019 4:08:36 PM

Carmen, welcome back. It sounds like you have a plan. We all get off track at times due to unforeseen circumstances. My garden went rogue last year and became quite the weed mess so this year is a year of reclamation. I'm looking forward to more posts about your come back to the family farm. Have a great day on the Maine family farm. Nebraska Dave

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