Sharon's Natural Gardens

  (Delmar, Delaware)
biodynamic homestead in Delaware

New year -New day

    It was 5 years ago today that we spread my husband ,KC 's  ashes on the land here while doing a biodynamic 3 kings ceremony on Jan 6th, the epithany.  There is now a memorial bench in a special grove ,I call the Sacred Grove, where I can visit him as well as the old grandmother horse who was my speciall animal friend when the kids were young, along with cherished, childhood pets. It does give me comfort to go out there when I am in the mood and play my flutes .The horses, daughter and granddaughter also love flute music and I have a feeling all the plants and animals living on the land do as well.

    A week before he passed, we were reading a book by Woody Woodraska called "Soul Journey Medicine "about what he would want to do after he died and He wanted to be composted .I think theres a poem about it in the book. When you live so close to the land as our lives have been, I think there is a deep bond with the earth and the cycle of life that creates the soil .One of my favorite poems is by american poet Walt Whitman called Compost. KC said he wanted his ashes spread on the compost pile so on this special day which we had planned to do together ,I cleaned the stables and put some of his ashes in the pile I was building and the rest was mixed with finished compost and spread by each friend of his on the land. We also  buried some in an urn in the sacred groveand gathered there together in remembrance.  It was certainly not your usual funeral process but the funeral director told me many people chose unusual ways to have a ceremony for their loved ones .I have made special wreaths to be floated out to sea for people doing burial ceremonies. I think it is beautiful to create memories for those we loved so much in life .

   These days in the gardens , things have shifted to mostly growing foods for myself. I do offer local gardening classes here  and even a gardening program where people learn to garden but so far I have not found people locally willing or able to do the long term program -its a real commitment of time and money. I think it is not an idea easily embraced in todays culture. Still, I am here when people are ready and I try to help them learn to compost and garden .I am moving to growing more herbal medicines, flowers and working with fiber arts and crafts. I am also hosting folks wanting to learn to garden and bartering for help  on the homestead.  Its a great way to meet new friends  . I am enjoying the animals and caring for the land and hope I stay healthy enough to do that all my days .   


Thansksgiving turkeys and poultry stories

   I really enjoyed Ambers story about the mean red hen .. It likely wanted a bigger flock and place to live .Each kind of animal has its own personality just like each kind of seed has its own needs . What works in one place does not work in another . My sister had a mean rooster attack her when she went into the flock . Once she got it by its feet and swung it around a bit.  then set it down . It stopped attacking her . We have a 30# tom turkey  that attacks . We keep the bucket of feed or water between us . It is interesting that those feelings come and go with him .. I think It is hormones ...poor thing ...

 I spent the day In the rain cleaning stables and herding our nearly full grown flock of about 15 turkeys back into their  netted yard, both to protect them from bothering neighbors as well as our new delicate seedlings on the winter beds of salad and cooking greens . We also need to protect them from hunting season and cars on the road .. but they sure miss their freedom or roaming the gardens and feilds  and roosting at the top of the walnut trees .

 But I wanted to express my thankfullness for the post in this blog from Amber at the beginning of her life as a family and her joy filled stories as well as the same joy that being involved in local harvest has brought me in my later years in married life .

  Our adventure with poultry goes a long way back to childhood on a commercial farm to now living with our own heritage small flock of turkeys  that is part of our homestead- hatching and raising their own young that are part of our  life and economy though we do not sell them for food,

  I am grateful through the support of this website, to find a connection  to the broader community even if I can't seem to find much in my local community yet . Hopefully ,in the future,  that will become easier. The online support has totally kept my small farm dream alive and I am grateful to provide the food and seeds I sell to others as well as have my children and grandchild still living with us . Most of the farm is gone, but there is a bit left. :)Sharon




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