Category Archives: Garden

A new adventure for us, but like most things we jumped in with both feet. You will get the good, the bad and the ugly.

Sustainable Sharing – Sunshine House CSA

Jennifer and I are delighted to announce we are offering shares in our first Sunshine House CSA!  Our son James has been spearheading the transformation  with the help of many of our friends, and a few WWOOFERS (stay tuned for more on WWOOF), to expand our modest permaculture homestead to a small market farm (small being the operative word).

Over the next couple of  months we expect to harvest cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, peas, carrots, beets, radishes, lettuce, chard, cocozella squash, peppers, okra, rhubarb and several varieties of tomatoes.  Additionally our herb garden is full of parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme  ( I could not resist) and second lesser known verse; marjoram, tarragon, mint, and chives.  We will also share at least once: honey, seasonal fruit, and farm fresh eggs.

We anticipate our harvest to begin Monday July 9th and continue weekly through September 24th.  We are offering our twelve week share for a modest investment of $300.00.  Pickup will be available Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning at the Sunshine House in Cromwell.  James is willing to offer delivery. Please call to discuss.

Sustainable Sharing

Over the past five years we have enjoyed sharing our abundance with family, friends, and neighbors. Recently we have realized how important it is for us to do what we love as a lifestyle! We invite you to join us in making an investment in this healthy lifestyle and grow the Sunshine House Farm infrastructure, capabilities and offerings. We will use the rest of the the proceeds of this share and continue to give fresh fruit, produce and eggs to our local Food Pantries.

Iiiiiii don’t want to work, I just want to play in the dirt all day…

You’re welcome, by the way, for that earworm.

But onto more pressing matters, like how am I supposed to weed my garden when I am sitting at my desk???

How are transplants supposed to become plants without plentiful, rich soil not clogged with overgrown grass?

And then of course there are all the animals we want to play with – we have added laying hens to our Urban Homestead this year – although my cousin SWEARS one of our pullets is a cockerel.  This is a total bummer, as he/she is our favorite one.

chick on michael

We will cross that bridge when we come to it.



Happy mail

Oh, happy day. The joy of spring arrived in the mail just before the snow started.

So when you’ve been sick with the flu for 48 hours nothing lifts your spirits like getting your new insulated waterproof #bogs in the mail. Just in time! #gardener #snowday #boots #ilovecolor #lastalifetime #compost #growfoodnotlawns

Local is as local does…

One of the biggest ways we have found to live a sustainable lifestyle is to spend our money and energy locally.  I am a LOVER of Amazon, however it gets in the way of my desire to support as many local people and families as I can. I am slave to efficiency.

And while I posted I would be ordering my Non-gmo seeds from, I neglected to say that I would be first visiting their local affiliate, right here in Wethersfield Connecticut Comstock Ferre & Co. And I cannot wait – but don’t go on Saturdays! They are closed for the Sabbath.


I will take my little shopping list of our favorite veggies and flowers, and then if there is anything still missing I will put in an order online. There is something quite satisfying about spreading your little seed packets out with your sketch pad and planning your garden!


In fact, Michael and I will always check to see if there is a local, preferrably family owned business before we make any purchases.  Some of the great local places we shop at are West Side Market IGA in Rocky Hill, Family owned and you cannot walk through the store without most of the employees greeting you, Meadow Meat in Middletown, and my new favorite – Deerfield Farm in Durham CT – purveyors of all things delicious and raw-milky…mmm

But the most important way we have found to support people is just sharing of goods.  Last year we had some dear friends, John and Leila, who had laying hens and we would find gifts like this on our kitchen counter when we got home!!! Aren’t they beautiful?!?!?!?! God knows we gave away a TON of kale and swiss chard – If you got greens from the Sunshine House raise your hand!!!



Living as sustainable a life as you can requires a lot of consciousness: conscious thought, conscious decision making, conscious time management.  This is something I am not so great at :/ (procrastination is the enemy)

So that energy I have to manage so carefully which I discussed here???  Michael and James and I put to good use in meal-planning, time management to make a few trips for our regular groceries, and believing above all else that there is an abundance to go around!