Monday, August 31, 2015

It's Just Common Sense

Farms are never just one farm. We exist as a community. We share supplies, customers, equipment, labor, stories and knowledge with each other. This image of Boghadair behind the Highland cow skull reminds me of the connection I have with Common Sense Farm, just a few miles down the road. It's a commune of nearly a hundred Messianic Jews and while we have so little in common when it comes to faith, politics, and lifestyle - we are all farmers and grand friends. Bogh was born under their farm stand and was adopted as a tiny kitten years ago. That steer was raised by them and when the skull felt out of place on their farm they felt it fit mine perfectly (the previous owner of this farm decorated the barn with skulls, which remain there till this day!). It's not just a snapshot of a cat but a reminder of those fine folks who I adore and all of years of buying hay, shared meals, learning Hebrew dances, learning their culture, tea by fires, and watching their children grow up in this community. A blessing indeed.

P.S. Coolest thing I learned from those folks. Amen is Hebrew for "So be it"


Blogger Goose Goose said...


August 31, 2015 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Goose Goose said...

Amen. Twice. if this posts twice.

August 31, 2015 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger Goose Goose said...

And if it posts a third time, break into the Beatles, with all due respect, because I am all about spirituality.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be. :) xo

August 31, 2015 at 7:11 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

I agree with you about farmers helping each other. The connection is needed for farms, to share knowledge, help, purchasing power with larger orders of stuff, and someone to communicate with...who understands the difficulties we encounter along the way.

September 1, 2015 at 12:12 AM  
Blogger Jack S said...

I Jenna

I was wondering what they used their Highland cattle for, as I couldn't imagine them being an exelent beef breed, or a good milk producer either.


September 4, 2015 at 7:05 PM  
Blogger Jenna Woginrich said...

Jack, they are a fine foraging meat breed but they stopped raising them in 2010 I think? They simply couldn't keep them fenced in economically. All that hair does no't care much about a three strand fence!

September 4, 2015 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Jack S said...

Thank Jenna
I come from Australia, so I'm not so used to breeds like the Highland. But it's a shame they stopped raising them.

Regards Jack.

September 5, 2015 at 5:17 PM  
Blogger Jack S said...

Also Jenna,
I have a lot to do with cattle at home, so I was wondering if you might be able to gather a little information about neighbours cattle and so on, for people starting their farming/homesteading journey. Maybe what breeds are good for starting out, or just common breeds in you amazing place in the world.

From Jack.

September 5, 2015 at 5:31 PM  

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