The FarmSchool at Renaissance Farms

“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex,
 the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.”

Bill Mollison, Co-originator of Permaculture

“It is impossible to have a healthy and sound society without a proper respect for the soil.”

Peter Maurin, Catholic Worker

The Beacon

Our occasional newsletter, The Beacon, is packed with good things including farm news, upcoming live and virtual events, articles on social justice, farming, nutrition and healing, volunteer and employment opportunities, and special offers to use on our shop.

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.

Masanobu Fukuoka, One Straw Revolution

From the Journal

Farm Walk

Eleagnus umbellata – Autumn Olive

There is no scent in spring that @renaissancemama loves more than the one from these tall shrubs. Gorgeously redolent of spring. They are considered an invasive non-native species. They’re super tough to get rid of and attempts to uproot them often result only in spreading them. But if you can’t beat ‘em, enjoy them, right?

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"This learning from the earth and from the people who work the earth or travel it, is of endless discovery and interest, and is like making a collection of beautiful things of many kinds."

Juliette de Baîracli Levy, Herbalist

We’ll cover it all including kitchen tools, how to measure ingredients, basic cooking terms, techniques, food storage, and how to stock a pantry. The course finishes with a selection of essential recipes that you will use over and over again.

“I want to live in a society where people are intoxicated with the joy of making things.”

William S. Coperthwaite, Architect, Author, Visionary

Making faces on fabric.

This one is a dud. The paint on one of the pupils bled into the iris. I’ll wait a bit and try again. In the meantime, I’ll start on the bodies.

#dollmaking #doll #artdoll #arttherapy #charity #mission #bulgaria #romarights #advocate #ally #mom

Feelin’ the Bern in Bulgaria.

Frankly, he looks a little miffed that it’s taking me so long to get this money raised so I can let him in from the cold.

#berniesmittens #bernieitscoldoutside #domeafavor #openthedoor #lethimin

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New sassy T-shirt.

It arrived just in time. We have an IEP meeting tomorrow. It matches one of my fave wrap sets perfectly. I was hoping it would.

I’ll have to make sure that it’s washed and ready again for Tuesday when N and I travel to Boston for his long-awaited neuropsych exam.

#sassy #specialneedsmom

Preparing another “something” for a fundraiser.

I’m hoping that that the IG community will show up to get this project across the goal line. The funds will be sufficient to cover absolutely all of expenses to establish us in Bulgaria. It will include a house and land enough to plant a food forest to produce food for ourselves, the village children’s home, and our neighbours too. We will have space for workshops, and funds to purchase needed tools and supplies.

For 15% of the average home price in Massachusetts, where we live, I can set up a project to help at risk youth, marginalized people for as long as I live (and hopefully beyond).

I am believing that I’ll meet the goal despite the pandemic. And I’m looking forward to sharing lots of updates from Bulgaria later this year!

#bulgarianadoption #bulgaria #adoption #fundraising #giveaway #permaculture #community #peoplecare #catholicworker #socialjustice

Snowy sunset.

It’s been a lovely day. 💗

Little brown-eyed face.

I’m looking forward to practicing on darker backgrounds. 💗

#arttherapy #makingfaces #dollmaking #artdoll