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Here are pictures of the finished altar piece (in miniature) that William was carving last winter:

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The Young Preservationists’ (aka the Hellbenders’) May Steubenville street fair, and Bud’s woodworking booth, with D.H.’s leather working booth just beyond.  A fried wire in our kiln prevented our having a load of pottery for this month, but we’re looking forward to offering coffee mugs and beer steins in June —

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Installment number one of Ashley’s broilers went into ice water last Saturday, and she was almost sold out!  Chicken like this — pastured on fresh grass 2x/day, fed organic feed and raw milk, is a steal at $5/lb.  Ashley is a good farmer, and she earns her shekels —

The first installment of our workshop at Living Web Farm near Asheville, NC.

— and an early basket of eggs to prove spring is really here, despite the bare trees.

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spring?

April has already given us six or seven inches of snow, and it has been snowing all day today, albeit without settling.  Will we have green grass for the cows by April 15?  (—going down for the third time — )

pigsWe had a great trip to North Carolina last week for the 25th annual Organic Growers School conference.  Wonderful people, wonderful talks, wonderful food, it was three days of terrific interaction with famers from all over Appalachia, with some from even farther afield.  The Yus definitely rang the bell for most distance travelled, coming to us all the way from Japan!  We hope to be able to return the visit one day and learn from some of the world’s most experience permaculturists.

We’re getting ready to head to NC for an event we’ve been looking forward to for months!  Spending three days with other Appalachian farmers, and with a whole day to talk about building an independent farmstead, is just what is wanted to blow away the winter cobwebs.  Can’t wait to see everyone —