Philosophy

Misinformation

An article recently appeared in a local advertising publication, entitled “Inconvenient Facts”. It begins with a quotation. “Organic practices can reduce climate pollution produced directly from farming – which would be fantastic if they didn’t also require more land to produce the same amount of food.” The article’s author states “This is the headline that …

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Happy

Our crew is fairly diverse. Some are peculiar, some curmudgeons and a few are downright cantankerous. Then there’s one in every crowd, happy. One of the crew is a discerning beer drinker but eschews beer flights. “Why? What’s not to like about a beer flight?” “Nothing, really, I just like a pint, simple as that. …

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Existentialism

Following a disappointing loss in a playoff game some years back, then Boston Bruin’s coach Claude Julien was pressed to explain his team’s lackluster performance. “We had three kinds of guys out there on the ice tonight,” he said with disdain. “Guys out there trying to make something happen, guys out there waiting for something …

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Lunch

To reduce the possibility of legal action for libel from any person who believes that they have been defamed by their portrayal in this story, whether portrayed under their real name (Gwen) or a different name (Gwen), Nye Hill Farm disclaims as follows. All names, characters, incidents and locales portrayed in this story are fictitious. …

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Reverence

Nye Hill Farm was established in 1790, the year President George Washington delivered the nation’s first State of the Union Address. The farmstead’s original stone foundation still exists, intact. By the time Washington delivered his Farewell Address six years later, the Nyes had built the house in which we now live. The house’s hearth still …

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Old Friends

Horse people can be fussy about hay. Very. They may be no less fussy about hay than someone else is about dog food, or cat food, or even fish food, but there’s more involved with hay. Where it’s stored. Put dry hay in a cool moist barn and the moisture leads to mold and mold’s …

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Growing

The besieged writer – director Woody Allen once offered that he did not want to achieve immortality through his work, he wanted to achieve immortality through not dying. Planting an apple tree is about as close to that as one can get. When the work of resurrecting Nye Hill Farm began, the first question was …

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Crap

When we first applied for organic certification, back in 2014, we were quite confident we were doing everything right. We had met the requirement that the farm be managed organically for three years prior to our application. That meant three years of sourcing organic seeds, refraining from the use of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. Not …

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Reflections

Animals don’t come here to die. They do, die here, but that’s not why they came. Some come abandoned, some discarded, some abused. Some just outgrew their owners’ interests or abilities. Some were simply unfortunate enough to outlive loving caretakers. Somehow those seem the saddest, the most lost. None, though, came to die. But they …

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A Day Nobly Spent

“How to spend a day nobly is the problem to be solved…” – Ralph Waldo Emerson A farm does not know what day it is. The fields know weather. The animals know routine. Nothing and no one knows what day it is. Monday, Thursday, Fourth of July, Christmas. To the farm they are all the …

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