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St. Francis Farm Community

St. Francis Farm Community We’re an all-volunteer nonprofit with the mission of living an alternative to the consumer culture We practice sustainable farming and forestry and we grow food for ourselves, volunteers, and a local soup kitchen.

Neighbors and guests come to learn about farming and woods work, explore nature, and enjoy time for reflection away from commercial messages and constant distractions.

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The property has been given now, and St Francis Farm belongs to Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) which will u...
08/27/2022
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The property has been given now, and St Francis Farm belongs to Refugee & Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) which will use it for their Syracuse Refugee Agriculture Program. We wish them well as they work with and learn from this land that has been so good to us for so long. We've always known that there were more possibilities in this place than we had time or energy or wisdom to realize, and we look forward to seeing what RISE will bring forth. And we are glad to see the land going to people who have been displaced and are doing the brave work of creating home in a new place.

You can read more about RISE's work on their website here: https://refugeeandimmigrant.org

Lorraine and Zach moved up to Piercefield on Thursday and Friday and are now busy putting last touches on the house, unpacking and getting settled in. We're very grateful to Selena who helped with the move, saving a lot of time and providing a lot of encouragement. We don't have pictures to post this week. We have more gratitude than we know how to speak for all the people who have worked with us, advised us, donated to us, encouraged us, prayed for us, over the last twenty-one years, and for all the people whose love and labor and prayer built the farm and the community before we came to it.

Wishing you all strength and joy, clarity and grace, in the work you're called to, new or old.

The mission of Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment (RISE) is to advocate and promote self-sufficiency through employment, education, social support, and economic independence for members of the refugee and immigrant communities in Onondaga County, NY. Here at Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowermen...

We're hoping to sign the closing documents and turn St Francis Farm over to RISE toward the end of this week.  Last Wedn...
08/21/2022

We're hoping to sign the closing documents and turn St Francis Farm over to RISE toward the end of this week. Last Wednesday farmers from RISE came out for another visit. They picked blackberries, apples, and dill and asked thoughtful questions about the land. Some also gathered fruits from the horse nettles in the hayfield, which we'd always regarded as obnoxious w**ds, not realizing the fruits had medicinal uses. We've often found uses here for plants and other things commonly seen as waste, and it's satisfying to see the land going to other people with an eye for the goodness in what is too often discarded. We wish them very well as they settle into their work on this land.

Zach worked on the Piercefield house from Monday through Thursday afternoon and then came back to the farm. On Friday he brought Marge to the farm for her last visit. Bear visited on Friday and may return today with Steve from Unity Acres. Zach left for Piercefield again this morning with a fully loaded car and trailer; he'll put some finishing touches in before returning Tuesday night to sign closing paperwork, load the furniture into the bus, and finish the move. Lorraine has been busy cleaning and packing as well as keeping up with the shiitakes and tomatoes. They've both been stretched these last weeks, and I hope they'll be able to get more rest soon.

I intend to post here once more around the time when Lorraine and Zach move out. I'm grateful for the years we had at St Francis Farm and for all the people who have helped and advised and supported us through all the changes. Wishing you all strength and joy.

08/17/2022
We expect that St. Francis Farm will close and RISE will receive our land sometime in the next couple of weeks. RISE sta...
08/14/2022

We expect that St. Francis Farm will close and RISE will receive our land sometime in the next couple of weeks. RISE staff came out on Thursday to look at the wells on the property, and will be back on Wednesday with more farmers from the Syracuse Refugee Agriculture Program. Selena, a longtime friend of the farm whom we hadn't seen in some time, came to visit Lorraine on Thursday and volunteered to give Zach a ride back from his new house so he can get both his moving bus and his car to the Piercefield house, where Zach has been busy putting in stairs, taping drywall, moving things in, and doing the thousand and one small urgent things that need doing.

Marge came out for one more visit; she looked at the farm's flowers and at pictures of the Piercefield house, listened to Zach's fiddling, and took home flowers and cherry tomatoes. Jubilee and Cherokee Purple tomatoes are coming in too, as well as raspberries and blackberries.

We are grateful for all that is and has been good here, and looking forward to what comes next for us and for the land. Wishing you all good work, sufficient rest, and plenty of occasions for gratitude.

08/11/2022
St. Francis Farm will probably be closing, and the land going to RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment) for their...
08/07/2022

St. Francis Farm will probably be closing, and the land going to RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment) for their Syracuse Refugee Agriculture Program, in the next two or three weeks. We're looking back at our life and work here with gratitude, and ahead to our next steps with curiosity and hope.

Sister Louise Macchia, who worked with us when we were new at St Francis Farm and she was at the Rural and Migrant Ministry, visited on Sunday; Lorraine and Zach enjoyed seeing her again and reminiscing. RISE sent several staff and farmers out on Saturday to look again at the land and think about the work they can do here. We wish them strength and clarity and joy.

In the meantime the farm remains a neighborly place. Lorraine got flowers and books together and Zach delivered them to Marge on Friday since it was too hot for her to come visit. Amish neighbors with small children have come to pick blackberries around the pasture edges--we can't take pictures of them, of course, as their religion forbids it.

Lorraine's been keeping up with harvesting and w**ding and pruning diseased leaves in spite of the heat, and Zach's been mowing when he gets home. The Piercefield house is coming along well--he hung most of the drywall last week and transferred more building amterials and storage items to the house and shed, and he and Lorraine are packing boxes to move.

Lorraine's also still taking time to enjoy what is lovely at the farm. Here's her morning report from Wednesday: "Only a tenth of an inch in the gauge from the showers that fell briefly off and on through the day yesterday. Out for my walk around the field loop today while there was still color in the clouds and no sun in my eyes. One deer ran across the path ahead of me as I came up to the gap in the hedgerow and then a doe and fawn that were in the section of tall unmown field ran away. A small rabbit ‘froze’ in the path until I was in a few yards and then scooted away. While I was looking for ripe blackberries in the corner above the cattail pond, something scooted across the path into the woods—a woodchuck, I think. While I was wondering I heard something moving in the brush there and looked in time to see something climbing a tree—only got a glimpse but think that was a porcupine. I didn’t go around to try to see the other side of the tree because the ground is uneven and steep there. Anyway I didn’t find ripe berries—guess too many looking for them ahead of me. The heron didn’t show up at the pond this morning. The wrens were flying in and out of the box near my swing and today I could hear the young ones begging inside. It was still cloudy but warming up fast so I did the watering, harvesting and spraying fish fertilizer, then got a shower and cooler clothes before breakfast. By then I’d been up 3 hours and my blackberry scone and perfectly ripe peach (brought by Sr. Louise Monday) tasted especially good."

Wishing you all grace and wisdom for life's changes and challenges, and delight in the small good things that surround us every day.

08/03/2022
Things at the farm are winding down now, and it looks as though Lorraine and Zach may be ready to move out by the end of...
07/31/2022

Things at the farm are winding down now, and it looks as though Lorraine and Zach may be ready to move out by the end of August. Zach has done most of the plumbing in the Piercefield house and gotten a good start on drywalling, and he and Lorraine are packing things up to move. Lorraine is still harvesting berries, tomatoes, potatoes, and greens, and also keeping in touch with the farm's friends and neighbors. Also enjoying the flowers and the birds, though she hasn't gotten to writing morning reports much this week. Marge came on Saturday morning for a chariot ride, a sit by the flower garden, and a look at Zach's newest banjo in progress. Lucy from RISE is coming out to visit on Monday. Transitions can be difficult, but I think we are all grateful for all that has been good in our life at St Francis and looking forward to the different kinds of goodness ahead of us.

Wishing you all fortitude and joy.

07/28/2022
Some much-needed rain arrived this week, and then more unneeded rain kept coming. Lorraine has kept up with the garden t...
07/24/2022

Some much-needed rain arrived this week, and then more unneeded rain kept coming. Lorraine has kept up with the garden through it all, kept up with friends who are too far away or not well enough to come visit the farm, and taken time to notice the loveliness of the wild world. Here's her morning report from Tuesday:

"Rained most of yesterday and had 2 inches in the rain gauge. Sun came out this morning—still very humid and warm. I walked on the road wearing my straw hat to keep the deer flies off my hair and face. Sat on the porch because still very wet—and buggy—by the pond. Robins coming and going, tending their nestlings. Before breakfast I started a load of laundry and then hung it out after, hoping it will dry before predicted showers arrive in the middle of the day. Also sprayed tomatoes etc with organic fertilizer. Think I’ll have some ripe tomatoes in a week or so.

"Over the weekend I discovered a catbird nest in the rugosa roses—right in the middle where I couldn’t get a look into it, but kept seeing the adults flying in. While I was hanging laundry one sat in the fir tree and fussed at me. Its beak was full of something for the young, but it didn’t want to fly to the nest while I was near, I guess. (I wonder how they can make so much racket with their beak full of bugs. And why they don’t realize that if they’d just quietly take it to the nest, I wouldn’t notice.) I picked a few snow and snap peas. They are winding down, but Zach says he’ll have snap peas to pick and eat this week in Piercefield. (We talked yesterday at 4:30 and he had just finished eating his lunch—had been helping Phil who was there excavating and
laying pipe for the leach field until after 3). The early day lilies are
about done, the pink ones have begun blooming, and the red ones will soon. The wild ones along the road and field edges have been blooming for a couple weeks. The volunteer sunflower at the end of the peas has one flowerhead open and several buds."

Since then Lorraine and Zach have pulled and cleaned the garlic and harvested the first potatoes. I wish I was still close enough by to come help with the work. We're still making slow progress with the paperwork involved in transferring the farm, and sometimes I am able to help with that from GA.

Zach's also had his hands full up in Piercefield. The leach field is in, the lawn is raked smooth and the rocks dug out and piled up, the spray foam insulation is installed and painted, and Zach's put in a lot of the cold-water plumbing and also installed a toilet and drywalled the first-floor bathroom. The garden there is thriving despite what had appeared to be unpromisingly sandy soil.

Wishing you all patience and progress in your work and time for rest and joy.

07/21/2022
Marge came on Saturday, had a chariot ride, and cleaned garlic with Zach and Lorraine. Lucy, Jess, and Bernard from RISE...
07/17/2022

Marge came on Saturday, had a chariot ride, and cleaned garlic with Zach and Lorraine. Lucy, Jess, and Bernard from RISE also came and did some measuring and marking in the field by the garden to prepare for later plowing. The Amish have finished haying the fields.

Zach was in Piercefield from Monday through Thursday again. He prepped the house for the spraying of foam insulation, which is now complete. Foundation piers for the additional room he plans to build on are installed. The septic tank is installed too, and the leach field will be done next week. The garden at the new house is thriving.

Lorraine is still busy keeping up with the farm work and still taking time to enjoy what is beautiful. Here's her Thursday morning report:

"Yesterday I saw an Amish man come by with a team of work horses and then heard the mower across the road in the old pasture. When I went out later to pick berries, he had finished mowing—and he’d mown down a long swath of the berries where they grew on the woods side of the path. I picked some from the cut bushes and there were more behind that I couldn’t get to comfortably so I went all the way down to where the path
turns across the end of the pasture pond and got enough for my
breakfasts for a few days.
On my evening walk I saw 4 turkeys walking across the big flat field, a rabbit and one deer. This morning I walked a little earlier and the sun is rising a little later so there was still sunrise color in the clouds. I kept hearing woodpeckers, not drumming but the soft tapping they make when feeding. The road crew was back, vehicles parked in the turnaround and a ‘men working’ sign at the edge of our lawn when I went out to sit by the pond. More bee balm blooming in edges where I’d forgotten I planted it and don’t notice it until that bright red appears among the greens. Not many birds about but the green frogs were calling when I first sat down. After breakfast I watered from the rain barrels—wish I could carry more water at a time. The butterfly bush has buds now and the echinacea is blooming. After watering I cut blossoms from that for my tincture and brought down chard and kale from the garden to last through the weekend. Looked at the garlic and some leaves are yellow, but not died back enough to be ready to harvest quite yet."

Wishing you all good work, beauty to enjoy, and time to rest.

07/12/2022
Bear visited on Monday, and Zach brought Marge to the farm on Saturday morning for a visit, a chariot ride and a look at...
07/10/2022

Bear visited on Monday, and Zach brought Marge to the farm on Saturday morning for a visit, a chariot ride and a look at his latest banjo. Lorraine has been weaving lavender wands and keeping up with w**ding, watering, and harvesting. Zach was in Piercefield again from Monday to Thursday, preparing the house for insulation which will be sprayed in next week as well as replacing doors and doing other necessary little jobs that don’t photograph well. He’s also been getting household appliances, often secondhand.

Here’s Lorraine’s report from Tuesday morning, a mix of endless work and loveliness:
“Yesterday was a mix of sun and cloud, not too warm, a good day for outdoor work. I cut the scapes from most of the 30’ garlic bed, filled a big basket. Picked snow and snap peas and harvested lettuce that was just right now, but more than I’ll be able to use before it gets bitter or bolts. Bear came to pick up lettuce and scapes and to exchange news.
I harvested mint and lemon balm and lavender. Gathered seeds from the columbine that was blooming last month—want some to take to Piercefield and will give some to Bernard from RISE. Did some w**ding and deadheading, endless jobs and I fall further and further behind on them through the summer. Late in the afternoon I picked raspberries—enough for breakfast today and tomorrow. At that time there is shade where I’m picking, berries have ripened through the day but not yet been taken by my wild neighbors. I frightened a doe bedded down near the path—never would have seen her if she hadn’t jumped up and bounded away. On my evening walk I saw an animal crossing the road up ahead of me. By the time I’d lifted my binoculars to look, I just got a glimpse of a ringed tail as he scuttled into the brush, so I knew it was a young raccoon. This morning I just walked on the road and sat on the porch. A robin is sitting on a nest again up under the outside stairs on the house. I can hear the rain starting as I’m writing this so guess I won’t get out to w**d this morning—hope we get enough so I don’t have to water.”

Wishing you all persistence and patience for your own endless jobs, and time and will to savor what is lovely.

07/07/2022
Lorraine is now harvesting raspberries as well as peas and greens. The red lilies are coming out, and the cover crops on...
07/03/2022

Lorraine is now harvesting raspberries as well as peas and greens. The red lilies are coming out, and the cover crops on the garden beds we're not using this year have grown thick and lush. Amish neighbors have been cutting hay from the fields, since RISE wants them mowed. On Tuesday a Catholic Worker dropped in for a little talk about community. Zach was in Piercefield from Monday to Thursday again, replacing the chimney and the front door and filling the woodshed. The garden there is also flourishing.

Lorraine's been busy but she's still taking time to notice and write about the lovely things. Two of her morning reports are below.

From Wednesday:
"A quiet start this morning, cool and cloudy when I went out to walk at 6. While I was sitting by the pond a blue heron flew in as if to land near the weeping willow, but seeing me, it made a U-turn and flew steeply up and away. A young wren came to the nest box again—it was so comical perched on the roof and leaning over all the edges trying to find the opening. Because of the overhang on the front it took a while for it to discover the way and then only looked in, decided breakfast was not being served, and flew away. At the far end and on the back side of the pond a fuss commenced between at least a couple cedar waxwings
and one or more wrens. When it had recurred a couple times I decided to take a closer look before heading back to the barn. When I reached the turn in the path, the heron flew up from the overflow pond while I was looking the other way so just got a glimpse. But I did find a nest in a small tree with a tangle of grape vine through it. Looked it up when I came in and believe it to be the waxwings’. They nest later than most of our other songbirds, and this will give me another nest to watch when most of the ones I’ve been watching are now empty."

And Friday:
"Zach and I went for a walk after sunset, when he’d had supper and we’d cleaned up and unloaded the car. In the turnaround by the orchard we saw various machines for road work parked. This morning they started paving the Richland end of Wart Road—woke before 5 to the sound of the equipment and soon could smell the hot asphalt. Don’t know how the Amish will manage coming through with their horses to continue their haying—and rain is in the forecast for tonight. I got out for an early walk—warm and a bit muggy. Saw one deer that thought it was hidden in the tall grass, but ran when I laughed and called, “I see you”. Saw two horses tethered and an adult goat and 3 kids all untethered. The kids followed me down the path a ways. Birdsong and frog calls at the pond were mingled with the noises from the road work. Gathered what we wanted from the garden right after breakfast, started laundry, and picked the lavender that had opened. Will water tomorrow if we don’t get enough
rain overnight."

Wishing you all good work, sufficient rest, and something lovely to enjoy.

06/28/2022
Marge came out for a visit and chariot ride last Sunday and again this morning. Today Zach also played her some fiddle t...
06/25/2022

Marge came out for a visit and chariot ride last Sunday and again this morning. Today Zach also played her some fiddle tunes. Hope came for a lunch visit on Wednesday and had a good and wide-ranging conversation with Lorraine. On Friday Bernard from RISE came back and, along with Zach, cleared around the equipment parked on the hilltop and mowed in the orchard.

Zach was in Piercefield again from Monday through Thursday. He finished wiring the house, ran a wire out to the workshop in an underground conduit, and then wired the shop too.

Lorraine is still busy tending gardens, and still taking time to notice birds. Here's her Wednesday morning report:
Last night I headed up to the garden about 6:30 to cut asparagus and close the gate. Inside the fence, at the far end of the garden was a deer. As soon as she saw me she started trying to jump the fence, but she kept falling back and getting more frantic if I tried to approach. Once I started cutting asparagus she slowed a bit and worked her way along the fence, throwing herself against it over and over. She was out of sight down hill and in an overgrown area but approaching the gate the last I saw her and she must have found her way out. That was a relief—don’t know what I would have done with a deer with a broken leg or neck.

This morning I woke and got out early—already 64 but breezy. From the path that goes uphill where there used to be trailers, I could see a doe grazing in the field and could just see a small white flag above the grass behind her. When I got higher and they got into shorter grass I could see the fawn—neither paid any attention to me although they were not very far. In another field I saw 2 does, quite a ways from me, but they ran and I wondered if one was the garden visitor from last night. If so her legs were still in good order. When I sat by the pond, the wrens were still feeding young in the box. A couple gulls flew over high so the sun shone up under their wings—reminded me of walking to school in Wiscasset when the sun was just up and gulls flying. Also saw male and female redstarts, several cedar waxwings, and some kind of vireo. I got the asparagus and mushrooms brought in before I had breakfast and brought in fresh peonies to replace the ones that had wilted. I am going to take it easy this morning so that I won’t be tired out when Hope comes for lunch."

Wishing you all work worth doing and time, in the midst of all that is troubling in the world, to see and savor what is lovely.

06/21/2022
On Tuesday Lucy from RISE came out to the farm along with Xinyuan from the Cooperative Extension.  Xinyuan returned on F...
06/18/2022

On Tuesday Lucy from RISE came out to the farm along with Xinyuan from the Cooperative Extension. Xinyuan returned on Friday along with RISE's Bernard, and they looked at the farm equipment and tried out the tractor with guidance from Zach.

Zach was in Piercefield from Tuesday through Thursday, stacked another 3.5 cords of wood, did some wiring, and put floor joists in the attic.

Marge will come out for another visit and chariot ride tomorrow afternoon.

Lorraine has been busy harvesting lettuce, spinach, asparagus, kale, chard, and mushrooms, and keeping up with w**ding and succession planting. She's still also taking time to notice, and share word of, what is lovely. Here's her morning report from Wednesday:

"Although I was up early this morning and out for my walk by 5:45, the bird chorus that woke me briefly at 4:30 had subsided and the sun was shining into my eyes on some parts of the path. Two deer grazing in the first field ran across my path and into the woods. The grass is so tall that if they just kept low, I wouldn’t see them, but they are beautiful taking long leaps above the grass. I heard mostly robins and orioles and songs I couldn’t identify. A song sparrow sat close above me in the big
cottonwood by the pond—I usually see them more around the lawns and garden edges. I finally remembered to check the song of the black billed cuckoo and that is what I’ve been hearing in the woods behind the pond. A catbird near the garden was going through the usual repertoire, but threw in the song of the wood thrush which I’ve never heard a catbird do before. Some large bird flew up from the adjacent (and now overgrown) goat pasture as I was coming down from the garden with asparagus and a
few strawberries. I wondered if it could have been the turkey I saw a few days ago.
I am going to ‘steal’ these cool early hours to wander or sit and check on nests and blooms, to pray for those in hotter, harder places, and to be grateful for this day in this place."

Wishing you all meaningful work and time for rest and prayer and gratitude.

Marge came on Friday for a visit and chariot ride. Zach was in Piercefield from Monday through Thursday.  He’s finished ...
06/12/2022

Marge came on Friday for a visit and chariot ride. Zach was in Piercefield from Monday through Thursday. He’s finished repairing the foundations, framed up a half—bathroom, started doing electrical work, and continued with cleanup in the house and in the yard.

Lorraine had had her hands full setting out seedlings, w**ding the garden, harvesting greens and asparagus, drying herbs, and keeping in touch with distant friends. She’s still taking time to go for early morning walks, and has been emailing me lovely morning reports on these. Here’s the one from Tuesday:

“A wet morning so I walked on the road wearing a slicker. I could hear the birdsong and brook along my way and a deer walked slowly across the road ahead of me from a field into the woods. I drank my coffee on the porch instead of by the pond and a hummingbird flew back and forth between me and the hanging baskets of pansies, perhaps attracted by my red shirt. A female oriole chased a crow down the road, pecking at his back. She must have a nest in the upstream willows where I saw orioles chasing a crow yesterday, but I haven’t found it yet even if the crow has. A couple catbirds had a loud dispute in the lilac just in front of me, but I heard more than saw them. Also saw chipping sparrows, wren, robins, phoebes. I didn’t notice the poppies had opened until I headed up toward the garden after breakfast. They make such a bright splash of color and the white peonies next to them just began opening yesterday.

After doing some indoor things, I went out to the garden again and saw a wild turkey crossing the lawn near the garden shed, disappearing behind the viburnum. So I went around the other side looking for it and saw nothing. Went down to the side it had been on and approached the viburnum. A loud bird noise and thrashing in the thick tangle and then out flew the turkey. Made me laugh. I wonder if it has a nest in the goat pasture, all tall grass now, or between the garden and the lawn or . . . so many overgrown places that could hide a turkey nest.”

Besides wildlife, she’s also been seeing the horses and goats which one of our Amish neighbors is grazing on our fields, since RISE doesn’t have a use for the hayfields this year.

I've been enjoying her reports from home as I settle into the work and life down here ar Koinonia Farm--I have enjoyed the chance to plunge into garden work here, and I'm enjoying the woods and the creek, and also still missing the land as well as the people of St Francis Farm.

Wishing you all satisfying work and sufficient time to stop and enjoy what is lovely.

Tuesday morning Lucy from RISE visited the farm with some  Syracuse University students who are helping RISE make a thre...
06/05/2022

Tuesday morning Lucy from RISE visited the farm with some Syracuse University students who are helping RISE make a three-year plan for how to use the land. They walked the fields, looked at the gardens and the shiitake logs, etc. On Friday morning Charles and Bernard came from RISE for a closer look at the sawmill and the forestry equipment as well as the gardens. Marge visited and had a chariot ride on Friday afternoon.

Zach was in Piercefield from Monday morning to Thursday evening, building a woodshed, talking with the septic system designer and installer, and working on rebuilding the foundation wall. He also took a short early-morning hike up nearby Mt. Arab. When he got back he was busy talking with RISE guests and then mowing. Lorraine has been keeping up with the asparagus and the shiitake mushrooms, and keeping in touch with friends who aren’t able to visit. She’s also taken some lovely photos of bird nests and blossoms at the farm. I am grateful for both of them taking time to write me updates and send me pictures as I settle into Koinonia Farm’s life and work. Sorry it’s taken me so long to put up a Facebook post.

Wishing you all fortitude and joy, clarity and grace.

05/30/2022
Bear came to visit on Monday evening.  We were glad to see him and swap stories, and also glad he's willing to give our ...
05/26/2022

Bear came to visit on Monday evening. We were glad to see him and swap stories, and also glad he's willing to give our chickens a new home. Zach headed out to Piercefield on Tuesday; he's been busy replacing windows and doing foundation work, and we'll see the pictures when he gets back tonight. On Wednesday morning Marge came over for a short chariot ride (I don't pull as well as Zach does) and a sit by the pond and the flower gardens. JoJo visited on Wednesday afternoon. Today Lorraine and I planted out tomato seedlings as well as overwintered chard, kale, and lettuce.

The woods road is full of red efts, the pond is loud with bullfrogs and green frogs, dame's rocket is in full bloom along the field path, and the gardens are bright with columbine. This is a very lovely place in a world that is very lovely as well as very full of grief.

Tomorrow morning I'll fly out to Koinonia Farm. Lorraine and Zach will be here at least through June, possibly longer, and we think it will work to have Lorraine send me farm updates to post on Facebook. We'll see. I am grateful for the years here. I'll miss this place. I'm grateful for the chance to join in the work, prayer, and community life of Koinonia.

Wishing you all courage and comfort, good work to do, and time for rest and joy.

05/24/2022
On Tuesday Lorraine and I went to see Andy and Mary Anne since they're not able to come out and visit now. Enjoyed the t...
05/21/2022

On Tuesday Lorraine and I went to see Andy and Mary Anne since they're not able to come out and visit now. Enjoyed the time with them. Zach went back to Piercefield on Wednesday and will return home tonight. He's been installing new windows (sometimes after moving furniture in through the window holes), jacking up the last sagging structures in the house, doing foundation repair, and stacking firewood. On Thursday I went out for a farewell bike ride and was bitten by two dogs--the bites were shallow, the dogs had their shots, and I'm taking antibiotics, so all's well, but it's set me back a bit in getting over my fear of dogs. Marge came over on Friday morning for a little walk to the pond and a short chariot ride to see what was blooming. Tanya stopped by Friday afternoon, having heard that we were leaving, and we had a good last visit. I'm very grateful for all the neighbors who've enjoyed the farm and helped, challenged, and supported us over the years.

Next Friday I'm leaving for Koinonia Farm. I'll post one more update before I go, and if I have a good Internet connection there I'll keep putting updates collected by Lorraine up on this page until she and Zach move out later this summer (we still don't know just when).

We're enjoying plenty of asparagus, and the lettuce is trickling in new but will be arriving in quantity soon. The peas are tall enough to start training on the trellis. May apples and dame's rocket have begun blooming in the woods and field edges, and the lilacs, lily of the valley, and yellow irises in our gardens are in full bloom. I've seen the hummingbird on the Solomon's seal many times but never yet gotten a really good picture. The first batches of robins are fledged and flown, and new ones are starting. A flicker has been beating out a resounding wake-up call on the metal roof of the garden shed early in the morning. This place is so lovely.

I'm trying to hold it all in my mind and heart--the beauty of the spring and the green world; the danger to the green world and all of us as we keep changing the climate; the violence, grief, fear, and anger in Buffalo and in Ukraine and in Palestine and....; the people who continue to resist injustice and work for healing in the midst of that grief. Also, in my own small life, the sadness of leaving this beloved place, the gratitude for what has been here, and the joy of looking forward to the work, witness, worship and fellowship at Koinonia.

Wishing you all courage, clarity, and joy.

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Homer is home 🏡 This gorgeous boy was scooped up quickly as he is not only handsome but sweet as can be. This gently boy joins LCAR alum Minnie and is sure to have a wonderful life! A big thank you to Sherrilee Partiss for hosting Homer so that he could find his family. We are so grateful to everyone at St. Francis Farm Community for caring for him before he could make his journey to NY and find his happily ever after 💕
Thank you Lorraine, Joanna and Zach for having me this morning during your time of sitting, in silence; for the heartwarming conversation afterwards, and for the lovely walk along the streams and land at St. Francis Farm. I enjoyed myself immensely and am looking forward to returning.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you and your family for all that you do. You are all an inspiration for everything beautiful in life.
Good luck with Facebook. Nice to see all the pictures of the farm and the animals.
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