It’s starting to feel more and more like Spring on the farm!
…And it’s starting to feel more and more like we actually live on a farm!
Maple production has continued. We finished our 3rd batch this past weekend and it was the best one yet. This week we’re in the midst of the fastest rushing sap we’ve seen so there will be at least a 4th (and probably a 5th) installment of our syrup!
We’ve tried boiling the sap down a number of ways – a grill, a rocket stove, and this last time we used a portable electric cooktop that we placed outside.
I think the rocket stove was the most fun, but we had a hard time keeping the sap boiling and it took a lot longer than it should have (like, 10 hours!). We finished the last bit of sap on the kitchen stove and ended up with a decent amount of syrup.
The electric cooktop definitely won the contest for the most efficient way to boil down the amount of sap we collected. Continue reading
Posted in Permaculture, Simplicity
Tagged Agriculture, animals, Baby, celebrate, community supported herbalism, CSA, CSH, Earth, earth-based spirituality, family, farm, herbalism, herbs, home, homestead, Maple syrup, natural building, permaculture, photographs, rocket stove, seasonal celebration, simple living, spring, trees
You know we’re getting closer to Spring in Ohio when it’s 45 degrees outside and I’m pulling out the lawn chair to soak up the sun.
Yes, there may still be snow on the ground, but these spring rays are just begging for someone to soak them up. I will.
In the past week, the bird song has increased steadily each morning. In addition to the usual chorus of black capped chickadees and cardinals, I’ve even begun hearing the red-winged blackbirds outside. This is surely a sign that Winter’s fingers are unfurling their grasp around Northeast Ohio.
With the warming days we’ve been out playing in the yard, and joyfully been exploring the process of tapping our maple trees. We do, after all, live in the heart of Ohio’s maple syrup kingdom.
Posted in Herbal Basics, Permaculture, Steps Back to Nature
Tagged allergies, allergy, box, community, CSA, CSH, dandelion, Earth, Equinox, farm, handcrafted, handmade, Health care, herbalism, herbs, homemade, honey, kit, Maple, Maple syrup, Medicine, natural, nature, permaculture, photographs, photos, plants, remedies, rose, small business, supported, wellness
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” —John Muir
Today I was reminded of how important it is for me to do walking meditation.
There are many ways one can train and focus the mind, but walking meditation is by far my favorite, and I think it’s also an important part of feeling more connected with the natural world. Continue reading
Posted in Simplicity
Tagged connection, exploration, Health, holistic, Meditation, natural, nature, outdoors, outside, photographs, senses, sensory, simple living, spirituality, walking
I hope everyone had a nice Valentine’s Day weekend. We had a very snowy Valentine’s Day, but we made the best of it with pancakes, a warm fire, and lots of good family time.
In case you missed it, we sent out the February newsletter for Light Footsteps last Thursday. You can read it HERE. Also, consider subscribing so that you’re always in the know with what’s happening at the Light Footsteps Farm!
In the newsletter this month, I talked a little about turmeric and how to use this awesome anti-inflammatory herb in eggs. Yum!
I also mentioned that I’ll be leading an upcoming class where we’ll discuss preventative health and home remedies that are available in most everyone’s kitchen. It’s called Kitchen Cabinet Remedies and it is happening at Balance & Thrive on Monday, February 23 from 6:30 – 7:30.
We’ll talk more about turmeric and a variety of other herbs and common foods that you’re likely to already have at home. View this flyer to learn a little more or sign up HERE.
I hope to see you there!
We recently returned from visiting family in California for a week. We had a wonderful time sharing in each others company, and it was fun for Baby LF to play outdoors in a different climate.
Here in Ohio, we still try to get outdoors every day even if it’s snowy and cold, but she really enjoyed this new type of outdoor play. When temperatures were last warm here, she wasn’t quite old enough to enjoy sitting with a shovel and bucket.
She especially took to the ocean water and it had me wondering if she might be part mermaid.
Maybe some of you who are also in the thick of snow will enjoy seeing the sunlight and warmth. (Which, funny enough, we often heard was “cold” to them – in the 60s at times – ha ha!).
Posted in Celebrations
Tagged 15 month old, activity, beach, Brigid, California, earth-based spirituality, family, Imbolc, Ohio, Pacific Ocean, sunshine, toddler, travel, update, vacation, warmth, wheel of the year, winter
Today I have a guest post from Nita Ewald of Nurture with Nita. We are both members of a local women’s group of holistic health providers and educators. I’m pleased to share with you this piece about the importance of avoiding toxins to improve your overall health and in particular, your fertility.
Steer Clear of Toxins to Improve Health and Fertility
Couples thinking about starting a family in 2015 should begin by taking a closer look at the products they use. They might want to switch deodorant and throw out the waffle iron. Continue reading
Posted in Simplicity, Steps Back to Nature
Tagged bath, beauty, care, cleaning, fertility, filter, glass containers, Health, homemade, natural cleaning products, non-toxic, nurture, Nurture with Nita, Nutrition, organic, products, purify, toxic, toxic-free, wellness
My post about calming and cleansing bath herbs for baby has been nominated for a People’s Choice Award through the Wildcrafting Wednesday Blog Hop.
Wildcrafting Wednesday is a weekly Blog Hop where natural-minded bloggers go to share posts about DIY projects, homesteading, recipes, and more.
Apparently, the Baby Bath Herbs post was a hit and was one of the most-viewed blogs this year. It’s now up for a People’s Choice Award.
Please head on over to vote for my post on one (or ALL) of the four sites that host the Wildcrafting Wednesday Hop. Voting is through January 7th. Maybe you’ll find a new favorite blogger, too!
Mind Body & Sole Online
The Woodwife’s Journal
The Entwife’s Journal
As a special Thank You, please use code GREEN15 for 15% off anything in my Etsy shop!
Posted in Celebrations
Tagged award, Baby, bath herbs, Blog, blogging, herb farm, herbalist, herbs, People's Choice, wednesday, wildcrafting
“The winter solstice happens in nature around us. But it also happens inside of us, in our souls. […] In the dark place of our soul, we carry secret wishes, pains, frustrations, loneliness, fears, regrets, worries. Darkness is not something to be afraid of. Sometimes we go to the dark place of our soul, where we can find safety and comfort. In the the dark place in our soul we can find rest and rejuvenation. In the dark place of our soul we can find balance. And when we have rested, and been comforted, and restored, we can return from the dark place in our soul to the world of light and new possibilities.” – John Halstead
I finished my holiday gift gathering last week.
This week, I rested. Continue reading
Posted in Celebrations, Simplicity
Tagged Christmas and holiday season, connecting with nature, darkness, Earth, earth-based spirituality, goddess, green, green living, Holiday greetings, Holidays, light, pagan, rebirthd, Season, simple living, solstice, soul work, spirituality, tradition, warmth, winter, Winter Solstice, wise woman ways, within, yoga, yule, yuletide