Fall Equinox 2020
Welcome to the Fall 2020 issue of Farmer-ish. Since moving to Maine and learning to live in connection with the seasons as a farmer, Fall has become my time of contradiction: I am both busy beyond words with the start of my classes I teach, homeschooling our son, and canning food from the harvest. Yet, in the midst of the busy of the season, I am feeling reflective as we head into the long, dark winter.
While there are days I am overwhelmed by the enormity of the task in which I have undertaken by starting this journal, in my reflection as I worked to prepare this issue for you, I found myself also overjoyed in the talent I have been able to curate and the beautiful writing I have been touched with.
As our farm winds down and the chickens molt and the duck eggs stop and the tomatoes are finally all turned into sauce for the year, through these works, I have had the chance to explore all of the power and emotion that goes along with farming and living in connection with nature.
I am so proud of this issue. These times are difficult, and it feels like the mission of Farmer-ish, with its focus on good food to keep us fed and the arts to keep us sane, is more valuable than ever. There are some really important works in this issue, and I am honored to be able to share this fantastic talent with you. The pieces in this issue had me crying but smiling, heartbroken but hopeful. I hope you will feel these things too.
In This Issue
“Power, Politics, and Farming” by Nina Gaby
“Bounty on Top of Bounty” by Loree Griffin Burns
“The Sixth Great Mass” (poetry) by James Sands
“In the Field” by Ilana Silver
“Pumpkin Carols” by Katharyn Privett-Duren
“Mourning (Unfinished)” by Crystal Sands
“Are You Gathering Wool?” by Debra Moffitt
“How to Make a Lined Feed Sack Tote” by Andrea J. Mahoney
“A Messy Garden in a New Backyard” (poetry) by Christina Lundberg
“Spinning a Yarn: Part 1” by Jj Starwalker
“Plant a Victory Garden; Make Soup” by Carrie Honaker
“How to Prepare Your Flock for Winter” by Crystal Sands
“At Crossroads with Chickens” (Book Review) by Randy Graham
“Learning Self Love with Mugwort” by Julia Skinner
“How to Make the Best Apple Pie in the World” by Crystal Sands
“Clemency for Butterball, a Chicken” (poetry) by Katharyn Privett-Duren
“Farmette” by Bonnie Lee Black
“Hunger” by Wren Bellavance-Grace