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Visiting season

Huckleberry and family

October through February are our primary visiting seasons due to farm constraints the rest of the year.  Of these months, the first and the last are the best for trips because weather is mild enough that the chickens don't need extra care and the house can survive without a wood fire, but the garden isn't nipping at my heels.  Soon, our first chicks will be hatching and I'll want to be on hand in case they have trouble for the next couple of months, and after that the weeds will be growing a mile a minute, then the garden produce will be begging to be preserved.  I rarely feel called to leave the farm at any season, but soon even those urges will be stilled.

Which is all a long way of explaining why we slipped away this weekend to visit my father and attend the South Carolina Organic Growing Conference.  More photos and tidbits from the trip in later posts --- today I'm just sharing a photo of Mom's visit last weekend when Huckleberry clearly ruled the roost.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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