In the Barnyard: Who are Bohemian Farmgirls?

Bohemian Farmgirl is something that has evolved over years of trying to figure out how to weave all of the meaningful parts of my life together. This is what it means to me, and if it touches part of your soul then my guess is that you are a Bohemian Farmgirl too.

1. Growing a Family--First and foremost, comes family. This may be your biological or chosen family, but whomever your family includes, it's roots dig deep and provide grounding for growth above the surface of the soil.

2. Planting a Farm--Modern homesteading is a way of life for a Bohemian Farmgirl. This may include anything from a windowsill garden to acres of land, buying local and supporting small farms to growing and raising all of your food yourself, and cultivating dreams of homesteading no matter if you live in the city or country.

3. Nurturing a Creative Life--This is the heart of a Bohemian Farmgirl and what brings us all together creating a community of ideas and inspiration. Living a creative life is the wellspring of joy that provides energy to make our dreams reality, no matter what the circumstances. And we all help each other along the way.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Goatsong book review

If I can't have a farm of my own yet, at least I can live vicariously through others who do. Lately my favorite kind of books to read are the memoirs of farmers who are stumbling through learning how to do what they do. Most have never farmed before and are transplants from some other career found to be unfulfilling. Such is the case of the author of Goatsong. Brad Kessler and his wife move to Vermont and begin their adventure in raising goats. Brad poetically catalogs his days of milking, breeding, cheesemaking, protecting his small herd, and connecting to Mother Earth. He even takes a pilgrimage to France to learn from the cheesemakers of the Pyrenees mountains firsthand. I admit, I am jealous. Thanks Brad, for allowing me to learn from your experiences and to imagine in full color what it will be like to someday do what you do.

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