Terra Brockman is the author of The Seasons on Henry's Farm (Agate Surrey) and the founder of the Land Connection. She farms with her brother and family in the Mackinaw River Valley of central Illinois.
Summer’s bounty in winter
As a child, I loved to make and eat popcorn with my dad. But this rosy memory is eclipsed by the reality of the popcorn my brother grows now.
Social order in the hive
On a crisp winter morning, I took a walk in the sparkling snow covering our small farm. Soon four beehives beckoned.
Notes from the farm
The post office called recently about a box of honeybees. The assault of insecticides means my sister can no longer overwinter her hives.
There should be some kind of fanfare as the first seeds of a new season go in. But this sacred mundane act generally happens in silence.
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