The Chimney Fire Christmas

In a flash, we went from a cozy evening watching Carol Burnett Show to roaring flames and panic. I knew my job, my place.

Was being tied on top of a 3 story house holding a freezing hose frightening? No, for a 13-year-old country boy, this night was nothing short of exhilarating.

Read More

5 Seeds to Plant Now To Feed Your Soil & Soul in the Fall

Anticipation steeps on the farm. We, or maybe just me, are drawn to watching over our new seedlings as they mature into strong plants. I keep watch under the moonlight. I lend a helping hand to secure the grappling tendrils of a young Hyacinth Bean vine. Sometimes I go to this dark and mysterious place…

Read More

Carolina Vanilla Leaf

Years ago, my mentor, Bennett Baxley told me of his move to Bluffton, South Carolina. In the 50s, this tiny coastal village on the salty marshes of the May River struggled. A few wealthy folks kept quiet summer houses. Like poor people everywhere, folks looked to the wild for sustenance and income. With gunny sacks…

Read More

Planting Trees. Building Ponds. Listening Fathers.

“We’ll plant the cypress grove over here. See? We’ll curve it this way.” I walk along the muddy bank, swinging my arms in a broad curve.   “Yeah, I like that. Blends the cypress pond into the garden. Dad’s cottage will go over there, on the point, where the lake turns east.” Mac looks to see…

Read More

Moths & Me. Lured In By An Ancient Cycle of Milk & Wine Lily Variation

  When two individuals of the same plant species cross-pollinate, the seeds and resulting plants vary in size, flower color, petal shape, and even vigor. That variation among individuals, good for people and animals too, ensures adaptability and continuity of the species. Variations bring flexibility and strengths. Over hundreds of millions of years, some plants…

Read More

The Compost Bin Structure That Iris Built

Iris is in her second year of internship on the farm. She’s a student at a nearby arts high school and she’s recently been accepted into a summer month-long writing program at Berry College near Rome Georgia. As a part of her winter project, she reviewed various compost bin designs, selected one, then built a…

Read More

Farm & Flower Sunset Cruise

Take your shoes off for an end-of-the-day walk through the farm and garden. Join Jenks, Tom, and the farm and flower crews to get connected with the earth. Lots of lilies and lots of veggies will be ready, we’ll learn about them as well as soil building, farming, and connoisseur plants — with a glass…

Read More

Jenkster’s Parsley Party Salsa

It’s too easy to grow and too good for your body to be used only as a garnish.  Years ago, I came up with this way to use a lot parsley in a salsa — it is an unexpected crowd-pleaser inspired by a trip to Cambodia! The ingredients list is below.  Here’s what to do:…

Read More