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When Technology Fails

February 6, 2018

Technology is a good thing in many ways. It allows the automatic turning on of lights, communication with people around the world from us, automation of tasks humans don’t want to do and so much more. Until it fails.

Then something as simple as getting into the email account becomes a problem, and that is a problem with trying to get into other accounts. Then the techno snowball increases.

What if your food depends on that? Many years ago the Jetsons had the automated meals ready at the helm…but glitches like burned food, wrong meals never happened. It’s television after all. The only reality glitches of life were on the Waltons or Partridge family where it’s portrayed, too often, not as real life but inept. Imperfect. And aren’t we all imperfect?


As it applies to things here at SlowMoneyFarm, many say we’re not reliant on technology. In some ways that’s true but in others it couldn’t be further from the truth! You wouldn’t be reading this if not for technology. I wouldn’t have an online store, or ability to turn a knob and have a hot stove if not for technology. Being able to have a timer to turn lights on a regular basis over started plants forgives a forgetful or too busy person! I could do more with a Bobcat piece of equipment in a day than in a week of working by hand…but alas it costs to rent it!


That said, the sun, the rain, the soil makes things grow…which can be as basic or technology advanced as one chooses. It’s a reminder of patience…even when technology doesn’t provide instant gratification we think we deserve. There are disasters we have no control over, and there’s things we can handle, even if uncomfortable. I’ve had both.


Food security is a real thing and much time and contemplation is given to balancing food production with maximizing food production. Even here. As it approaches farmer’s market season keep in mind there’s still CSA shares available for a short time. Basic with a balance of technology used and straight from the garden.


We all need to find the technology balance. Where is it for you?

Where SlowMoneyFarm Has Been

December 29, 2017

Historical photos can look outdated. Old. But you see the changes in what was, in what seems a long time ago but is really just a few years.

Some of what was I’ll share here. Another post, another view of what changes have been made. Let’s step back a few short years.


Basics. Nothing built. No fences.



Sunsets never get old. As the sun sets on 2017 we bid farewell to many…people, memories, hard times, good times.

Onward to 2018. Here’s to the other side of the New Year!

Christmas, New Year, New Paths

December 28, 2017

Christmas is over – not the same for many this year including here at SlowMoneyFarm. While the wonder of the season is always there, it’s different with missing family members and friends gone before and often those remaining are busy. It leaves time to think about changes – always! – and new year new life. What will we change?


A few new crops are possible this year for the farmer’s market, and once this cold snap passes we’ll be getting ready to plant greens and salad mixes. Tomatillos will return along with some other goodies. Raising the lower garden area, moving the hoop and expanding growing in back adds a different view. The goat pen desperately needs reseeded and rested.

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Both hot and sweet peppers remain, more varieties of herbs and several varieties of basil again this year will be at the farmer’s market. With a new to me truck, with more hauling power, it’ll be new possibilities to getting things done at the home place also. The pantry is taking shape and hopefully the greenhouse and other improvements will be finished soon.

Connor is on the hunt for a new vehicle following an accident where someone ran a stop sign and totaled his car. Somehow Access Insurance believes that because they were pulling from a parking area it’s his fault so why look at witnesses that saw the other driver run the stop sign and total the vehicle…on a block long street.

Meat CSA options are open for 2018 for those interested as well as regular CSA options. If you haven’t been to my Facebook page or store please visit! And I’m trying to get access to be able to get back to blogging more often. I miss it and it’s been too long!!!

What is ahead? Stay tuned because it won’t be boring!


2017 Thanksgiving

November 22, 2017

It has been a year. A year of success. A year of interruptions. A year of sorrow and loss. A year of just flat not giving up.

The farmer’s market expanded for SlowMoneyFarm this year. More growth, more sales. Fresh basil of several varieties, herbal vinegars, jams and jellies, homemade herbal salves and lotions, fresh baked goods and more went through the stall at the Walker County Farmer’s market. A bat house is made and will offer a home for bats – winged mosquito eaters! – in the years to come. More things are explored and will be added in the time ahead. A new to me truck joined the work force this fall…more hauling capacity!

It’s been interruptions in that I didn’t get the bees started as hoped. I see lost sales and lost time, but it takes precious dollars to set it up! It’s been a struggle but the pantry is nearly framed in and next is on to the kitchen, which I’d hoped to be done by now but it takes – sigh – money for materials. Time. Progress is happening but slowly!

A year of loss. Unspeakable, sometimes paralyzing can I keep going loss. In August my dad’s time on Earth came to an end. That is something all go through but no way to really prepare for the finality of it. In September Troy Gentry was killed suddenly in an accident – so many memories with him around it. Later in the fall Kenny Beard, songwriter inspiration for many passed away also suddenly. Big losses. Ugly crying losses. There’s others, but these left scars. There’s the loss of Pixie, just after my dad passed and after several days of being a comfort to the whole family. Old Red, Missy, Taffy have been laid to rest this year. They were getting older, and we knew time was coming but it’s still holes that can’t quite be filled.

And Faith joined the team. Faith is a loves life Doberman puppy that will join Diva as security. Old Bella is also getting older, as is Girl and each week is a blessing. Diva and Girl made two trips to Illinois with me this year. Always ready to go again…and Faith is learning the same thing.

It’s time to breathe life back into the blog, as I’ve been absent dealing with life for so much of the year. A snapshot just won’t cover it. It’s uncomfortably tight going into winter with not enough funds, but hoping for Christmas sales to ease the tight and cold months ahead, so I can afford to expand offerings next year, which means a seed order. And if things go well you just might taste SlowMoneyFarm basil at a restaurant in Jasper!

Brighter times ahead. I greatly appreciate everyone who bought a bag of greens, a tin of salve, or jar of herbal vinegar. It has allowed progress, that although not as much as wanted is still progress.

As we gather around Thanksgiving tables, say an extra prayer for us, for friends dealing with real issues like Michelle and Amy, for those struggling to keep heads above water and those who you might be able to help. Remember those who have an empty chair at the table this year.We don’t know when it might change but if anything was evident this year, it’s change. Lots of change. Sometimes change is good. Sometimes it’s painful. Sometimes it’s lonely.

I ain’t saying I’m perfect. But I’m working. On a better me. ~ Troy Gentry.

I Earned This Hair

July 14, 2016

As life ticks on and there is more days behind than ahead I’m reminded age comes to us all. I’m in no way ready for a retirement home but life’s realities have come increasingly clear.


This is no more visible than grey hair. Silver…frosted…classic. Old. I looked at renewing color from a box. Threatened a purple wig.

Then realized like the laugh lines and scars those grey hairs have been hard earned. It comes from half broke horses who forgot whoa, cows who became running trainers complete with motivation and close calls of a wide variety.  It comes from teenagers and losing friends and burying good dogs and horses who knew more than most people but never told anyone.

tmp_28001-FB_IMG_1460997606803-881081104It comes from life. A life not experienced by so many who never had a chance to celebrate their 25th birthday.  Or 20th. They will be forever young in our memories.

Why cover up history?  Long days, sheep and cattle who had lessons of their own,  mistakes and misery as well as good times.

Seeing most US states has been interesting.  Experiencing backstage at the Grand Old Opry with Mark Wills, a variety of events and experiences and driving through this beautiful and sometimes not so beautiful country.

Not all experiences are good but many are memorable. Fire, flood, homeless, storms rage. Many didn’t survive those hardships.

So for those who scoff the grey hair…every one is earned.

Food Choices,$6 Jelly and Independent Agriculture

July 2, 2016

As the 4th of July approaches we celebrate independence.  Food choices are everyday ways to buy direct,  from a store produced in volume or a host of in between.  tmp_21675-20160515_232655-958961259.jpg

As a small direct to consumers seller at farmer’s market I don’t expect every person likes what I do.  Some resent my very existence.  Some love the options of different things.  Some buy and enjoy hot pepper jelly, or mint jelly or homemade from scratch bread.

Some appreciate a sugarfree homemade  blackberry jam at $8. Regular sugar options are a bit cheaper.

tmp_21675-FB_IMG_1467434625550-1280841180.jpgOnce in a while someone snorts about paying  $6 for a jar of jelly.  others undercut the price. Why $6…in the store…well, in the store there isn’t the small scale producer. I, and people like me, may raise the peppers and process them into jelly. The jar alone is 70 cents and $1.50 for pectin. Add the peppers,  sugar, vinegar and other ingredients.  Add the unseen power bill and labor of growing,  harvesting and processing as well as transportation to a convenient location to buy, with a shaded area to buy and fans to deal with the heat… $6 is too much?

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Don’t resent the small farms for offering choices and expecting a fair living from it.

The Difference a Year Makes

June 8, 2016

One year ago,  June 8, life as we knew ir changed. Starting over.

It’s been a year of trials and struggle and tears and hope. It’s shown the worst and the best in people.

A year ago I didn’t know how we’d get by. Today I baked goodies to go to the farmer’s market to sell.


A year ago I questioned why. Today I see what has come from it.


A year ago I wondered about survival.   Today I saw reality.

It’s going to be ok.

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