Category Archives: VVR

Piggy Love

An amazing part of the Vernal Vibe Rise is that it empowers the heritage breeds that are critically endangered by offering them a sustainable home where they can live happily and reproduce in peace. There is an incredible variety of livestock as you walk across the fields, from sheep to rabbits to baby piglets: every one of them with a fantastic personality. Some of them get along better than others, but all of them coexist, living their lives happily the way they so desire.

But the pigs though.
These pigs are something else.

A shoutout must be given to the momma pigs. These powerful ladies were born to do what they love and love what they do with the most inspiring positive intention. An honory mention to our wise giant, the fabulously voluptuous Marfrance. Glamourously grazing with a cooperative smile, this Gloucestershire Old Spot momma packs a lot of love.

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Estelle the Berkshire is always clowning around with her tongue out. She’s always ready to greet you and talk about her day any time you pass by her.

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Then there is the fabulous tamworth Tamara, who is surely about to pop a new litter soon. You might recognize this lovely face by her stage name, Sherry Boom (Boom) or as she calls herself sometimes “Sheritta”. She’s recently decided to abandon her singing career as a pop sensation in order to take some time to nest up a family.

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But really, it’s all about Rosa. Fully aware of her stunning good looks with the whole pig neighborhood drooling over her, she prances along indifferently and always gets what she wants in life. As the true Ossabaw she is, she is quite feral by nature. She makes sure to take any opportunity to prove that she’ll outsmart anyone around her.

Those who fall under her spell end up with a serious heartbreak, and she’s already got a lot going on her playing field. She seems to have a pretty serious relationship with Ossabaw Jack although recently crossed paths with the infamous (Doctor) Xavier, who fell hopelessly and foolishly in love with her. It is no secret the the enchanting Xavier has been secretly attempting to take over the farm all these years, and Rosa seems to be in cahoots with him on this idea.

This secret love affair has caused Xavier a beautiful friendship with his apprentice, Joey, the teenage hearthrob, who was making some moves on Miss Rosa on the side. Who knows what kind of troubles this dynamic duo might be plotting. The head of the farm, Quincy Gray, responds cooly knowing that she’s got everything under control.

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Rosa replied all interviews with “no comment,” and did not let us photograph her for this report. However, we have pictures of some of the Ossabaw piglets that resemble her dashing looks.

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These mommas continue to bless the VVR with the of the most energetic and adorable piglets, who seem to be genetically bred into not just being adorable and awesome, but most of all: absolutely delicious.

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The Solstice freeze and I baked a cake for the heritage #dominiquechickens and #delawarechickens to enjoy on this new morning. Organic #sproutedgrain and a dusting of #diatomaceousearth and #thorvinkelp to finish. Delicious!#patissierfarmer#lecordonbleutaughtmewell#heritagechickens#heritagelivestock#earthcare#manure#theproblemisthesolution #designforthefuture#permaculturefarm #healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#permacultura #observeandinteract

The Solstice freeze and I baked a cake for the heritage #dominiquechickens and #delawarechickens to enjoy on this new morning. Organic #sproutedgrain and a dusting of #diatomaceousearth and #thorvinkelp to finish. Delicious!#patissierfarmer#lecordonbleutaughtmewell#heritagechickens#heritagelivestock#earthcare#manure#theproblemisthesolution #designforthefuture#permaculturefarm #healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#permacultura #observeandinteract

With family on my mind this week, here is a flash back to a memorable #cleanlocalplate at #sintravirginia this Summer. Greens, beans, and tomatoes from @tlberries with fresh #tidewatervirginia tuna and new potatoes, and #heritageeggs from the @vernal_vibe_rise hens. The #niçoiseolives were—obviously—not local. If you have a lead on local olives, let me know—@acornucopiaproject ? #feedyourfriends#feedyourfamily #provision#healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#holisticcommunity#permacultura #holistichealth#smartnothard#theproblemisthesolution

With family on my mind this week, here is a flash back to a memorable #cleanlocalplate at #sintravirginia this Summer. Greens, beans, and tomatoes from @tlberries with fresh #tidewatervirginia tuna and new potatoes, and #heritageeggs from the @vernal_vibe_rise hens. The #niçoiseolives were—obviously—not local. If you have a lead on local olives, let me know—@acornucopiaproject ? #feedyourfriends#feedyourfamily #provision#healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#holisticcommunity#permacultura #holistichealth#smartnothard#theproblemisthesolution

My breakfast #cleanlocalplate today, sans plate: @vernal_vibe_rise #highprotein #glutenfree #grainfreeexceptoats bread stacked with VVR #broccolisprouts + homemade #lardmayonnaise + VVR sheep and #bellsvalleyfarm beef meatloaf. Want to make this delicious little sandwich yourself? I support you in that. Many of the above ingredients (bread, lamb sausage, lard, eggs) are available to you via the @turnrow.farms online ordering platform—or for local delivery by me. #feedyourself #provision#healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#holisticcommunity#permacultura #holistichealth#smartnothard#theproblemisthesolution

My breakfast #cleanlocalplate today, sans plate: @vernal_vibe_rise #highprotein #glutenfree #grainfreeexceptoats bread stacked with VVR #broccolisprouts + homemade #lardmayonnaise + VVR sheep and #bellsvalleyfarm beef meatloaf. Want to make this delicious little sandwich yourself? I support you in that. Many of the above ingredients (bread, lamb sausage, lard, eggs) are available to you via the @turnrow.farms online ordering platform—or for local delivery by me. #feedyourself #provision#healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#holisticcommunity#permacultura #holistichealth#smartnothard#theproblemisthesolution

These days, I just carry one bag of firewood at a time—and I am proud to admit it. I used to live to push my body to the limit in every way. Less sleep, longer work, harder push, faster rush, whatever. Today, life looks different on purpose.Can I carry two forty-pound bags of firewood at once? Of course. Is that the best choice for my bones, mind, and the rest of me? Probably not. When I give myself permission to farm—and otherwise live—in a way that does not involve the constant maximum, I give myself the gifts of longevity, serenity, and the option to stay mindful longer—while making two trips to the house, carrying a gentler load. Let’s call it efficiency of spirit. #gettingwiser#learnasyougo #mindfulness #theproblemisthesolution #designforthefuture#permaculturefarm #healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#permacultura #observeandinteract #practicalreflection

These days, I just carry one bag of firewood at a time—and I am proud to admit it. I used to live to push my body to the limit in every way. Less sleep, longer work, harder push, faster rush, whatever. Today, life looks different on purpose.Can I carry two forty-pound bags of firewood at once? Of course. Is that the best choice for my bones, mind, and the rest of me? Probably not. When I give myself permission to farm—and otherwise live—in a way that does not involve the constant maximum, I give myself the gifts of longevity, serenity, and the option to stay mindful longer—while making two trips to the house, carrying a gentler load. Let’s call it efficiency of spirit. #gettingwiser#learnasyougo #mindfulness #theproblemisthesolution #designforthefuture#permaculturefarm #healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#permacultura #observeandinteract #practicalreflection

One @vernal_vibe_rise #dominiquechicken nearly laid this warm egg in my hand today. Let me know if you want to try the best #beyondorganic eggs around. I offer an Egg Share subscription program and home delivery for two or more dozen within a reasonable distance/Lewisburg area. $8/dozen and worth it!#eggshare #gratefulforeggs #heritagechickens#dominiquechicken #heritagelivestock#peoplecare#animalcare#theproblemisthesolution #designforthefuture#permaculturefarm #healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#permacultura #observeandinteract

One @vernal_vibe_rise #dominiquechicken nearly laid this warm egg in my hand today. Let me know if you want to try the best #beyondorganic eggs around. I offer an Egg Share subscription program and home delivery for two or more dozen within a reasonable distance/Lewisburg area. $8/dozen and worth it!#eggshare #gratefulforeggs #heritagechickens#dominiquechicken #heritagelivestock#peoplecare#animalcare#theproblemisthesolution #designforthefuture#permaculturefarm #healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#permacultura #observeandinteract

BARN of this Land

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This BARN. Every time I scoop feed, take refuge from rain or wind, store farm tools, or smell sweet local straw on my guardian dogs’ fur, it is tinted with gratitude for this barn. 
Even though I definitely hammered a few nails to help build this beauty, I see it as a gift from my brother @owenmcmichael —he coordinated the job and stuck with it until it was solid and dry enough to serve my needs. Along with my father (and some good help from @jelmcm and WWOOFer Lucas), Owen felled the trees, supervised and supported the sawyer, augered the post holes, stripped and set the posts, and built both floors with precision.

One of these days (after my wrists heal, for sure), I will follow through with my end of the deal by finishing the batten and sliding barn doors. My barn is both beautiful and functional as it is, and I know it will continue to learn—á la #stewartbrand —as the years pass.

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#portablesawmill
#usewhatyouhave
#permaculturecommunity
#theproblemisthesolution
#designforthefuture
#permaculturefarm
#healthyfarmer
#selfcarewhilefarming
#truesustainability
#permaculture
#permacultura
#observeandinteract

I am learning, slowly by slowly, not to panic or struggle when the wind shifts course. My intention for this Solstice was to sit in community with a group of people for whom I have immense gratitude. Yesterday, that plan shifted. In my usual fashion, resistance arrived first. I had my plan in mind, had coordinated a number of other events around this one in order to create time for it, and accepting that it would not happen felt like a stretch.The good news is that I am in the habit of encouraging myself to meet the opportunity to stretch with willingness, and—though it took me an hour or so to adjust—I relaxed into the idea that my Solstice Saturday would be spent solo. The more I passively considered that idea, mulling it over unconsciously for the most part, the more enthusiastic I grew about the prospect of having an entire unplanned day by myself on the land I love. Having just taken a break for a #cleanlocalplate of @vernal_vibe_rise #sprouts + #homemademayo + #mustardpickles with some #eastvirginia tuna, I can report that my #solosolstice day continues to be amazing. Now, back out to squeeze in two more hours of #willow and #pawpaw planting in this balmy, late-December weather. And maybe a fire with the #karakachan pups after dark. It has taken me nearly a decade of farming to understand that rest is just as important as the work. Trust me.Happy Solstice, everyone, and know that I support you in finding some quiet time—solo or otherwise—today, to reflect on what has been and where we are going on this next trip around.#iateitbeforeicouldtakeaphoto#decemberplanting #mychorrizae #earthcare#farmcare#selfcare#theproblemisthesolution #designforthefuture#permaculturefarm #healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#permacultura #observeandinteract

I am learning, slowly by slowly, not to panic or struggle when the wind shifts course. My intention for this Solstice was to sit in community with a group of people for whom I have immense gratitude. Yesterday, that plan shifted. In my usual fashion, resistance arrived first. I had my plan in mind, had coordinated a number of other events around this one in order to create time for it, and accepting that it would not happen felt like a stretch.The good news is that I am in the habit of encouraging myself to meet the opportunity to stretch with willingness, and—though it took me an hour or so to adjust—I relaxed into the idea that my Solstice Saturday would be spent solo. The more I passively considered that idea, mulling it over unconsciously for the most part, the more enthusiastic I grew about the prospect of having an entire unplanned day by myself on the land I love. Having just taken a break for a #cleanlocalplate of @vernal_vibe_rise #sprouts + #homemademayo + #mustardpickles with some #eastvirginia tuna, I can report that my #solosolstice day continues to be amazing. Now, back out to squeeze in two more hours of #willow and #pawpaw planting in this balmy, late-December weather. And maybe a fire with the #karakachan pups after dark. It has taken me nearly a decade of farming to understand that rest is just as important as the work. Trust me.Happy Solstice, everyone, and know that I support you in finding some quiet time—solo or otherwise—today, to reflect on what has been and where we are going on this next trip around.#iateitbeforeicouldtakeaphoto#decemberplanting #mychorrizae #earthcare#farmcare#selfcare#theproblemisthesolution #designforthefuture#permaculturefarm #healthyfarmer#selfcarewhilefarming#truesustainability#permaculture#permacultura #observeandinteract