Hiccups, Interns, and Cali Girls

haying in the early morning

What a summer we had here at the farm. The fantastic weather made for great haying. With so few consecutive rain days, it felt like I had no down time at all, and not much time for posting blogs!

Plumb Tomatoes

Dancing Carrot Shane and Christie grew some fantastic tomatoes this season! Their other vegetables did well too. They have planted fruit trees and berries in one of the greenhouses, and they grew like crazy. It was great having strawberries all summer. How do they do that? They also raised 104 heritage chickens, which now have all been processed and frozen. They have accomplished all this while raising 2 wonderful kids, working full time at Blackwell Roots Farm, and building a house….wow!

Harper in the greenhouse

Cows We have a new pasture leasing agreement this summer with Jeremy and Kandi Greaves which ties in very well with our NRCS grazing plan. There is a total of 18 cows 16 calves and one bull. Intensive rotational grazing has kept me hopping all summer, but the fields and pastures look great and I love having the cows around.

Black Angus Under A Full Moon

Cali Girls We had California help here for a couple weeks. a friend’s nieces (Catrina and Cameron)  were visiting Vermont, and wanting to work on a farm. They were a lot of fun…..and helpful. They promised to write a guest blog….we are still waiting.



Hiccups    [A hiccup or hiccough (play /ˈhɪkəp/ hik-əp) is a contraction of the diaphragm that may repeat several times per minute. In medicine it is known as synchronous diaphragmatic flutter (SDF), or singultus, from the Latin singult, “the act of catching one’s breath while sobbing”.[1] The hiccup is an involuntary action involving a reflex arc.[1] Once triggered, the reflex causes a strong contraction of the diaphragm followed about 0.25 seconds later by closure of the vocal cords, which results in the classic hic sound.] Yes I had them for eight days strait! Funny? Yes, for the first hour. I never would have guessed how that little act could take over your life!

Wesley and Catrina building fence

Wesley My oldest is now 16 and that is hard to believe! He wants a car so he spent the month of August working for me on the farm. I very much enjoyed working with him and the summer ended to fast! He will inherit our Subaru Outback. 

Wyatt in “Hamlet”

Wyatt The boys were in Washington state for the first half of the summer. On their return, Wyatt headed to Shakespeare camp. We were rewarded with a fine performance of Hamlet. Well done Wyatt……I promise to post more installments of Farmer Father, City Son.

End of the day refreshments at the farm stand

Farm Stand We opened the long awaited farm stand late this summer. It is a way for us to offer Under Orion Farm beef and maple syrup to the public anytime they want it as well as Dancing Carrot vegetables, and from 9 year old Alden of the Tebbetts Farm, some odds and ends…..honey, crab apple jelly, berries and veggies. Yummy baked goods as well.

Ethan. Thank for the bro…


Flying-Warbird update Not much happening on this front. My Cessna took any available airport time I had. I hope to get back at it this fall


Intern Elizabeth Under Orion Farm has an Intern! Elizabeth is from Illinois. She has been working with the WWOOF program- from milking goats in Italy to harvesting vegetables in southern Vermont. Her upbeat attitude, willingness to learn new things, and sense of humor will be a great asset. Welcome Elizabeth.

and on a sad note…….

John My brother-in-law lost his life in an accident this summer. It brings home the saying that life can change so totally in a minute. John had a big impact on my life and this farm. John did renovations on the house, built my lumber shed/hanger, and gave me countless technical help on some of my many projects, shared some good scotch, and spent some memorable nights in deer camp (the hanger).

John working on the hanger


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