The No Farm School (what is next?)


The third era.  The third year.  I have been thinking about this blog.  I started it because I love to write.  I have filled dozens and dozens of notebooks in my life of thoughts, ideas, rants, rejoices, to-do lists, plans, and prayers.  The blog is a more public journal but one I don’t mind sharing.  Farmgirl School was such a fitting name.  I was going through farming 101 in life and as I wrote it I learned so much with the encouragement and ideas from readers.


A year ago this week we moved to what we thought would be our possible forever farm, but of course it was a detour.  Sometimes life does that, teaches you lessons when you would rather it not.  I walked away from my greatest gift.  I am a good writer.  I am an excellent dancer.  But I AM an herbalist, a medicine keeper, a plant healer.  I possess the knowledge of my ancestors, things I knew that I didn’t know how I knew, passed down and that should be put to use.  More important than dancing or writing even.


I love growing my own food, but I also love finding wild foods.  I loved having livestock, but the kitties are good too.  I love living simply.  I learned the hard way that one can really never be self sufficient and I spiraled back quickly into total dependence on my community and my friends.  I still continue to learn.


A couple offered to carry a note on a house for us but then with nary a full text disappeared and we haven’t heard from them since!  Every step leading us back to where we are best suited.  In nature, living simply, with a community apothecary.

I considered not writing anymore since I do not have a farm per se.  But, I decided that even though I don’t have a farm, the real idea behind this blog was to write and record.  So, the name doesn’t fit (perhaps it will again in the future!) but I am still here writing.  Maybe it would be better suited as Grammie School, or Herbal School, or the like.  Who knows!

I suppose I will lose some readers because I am not canning, gardening, milking, or much else but making medicine right now, but I am still alive and following a very interesting journey.  Those of you that are sticking around, I’ll see you in the pages to come!  I think it is going to get interesting.

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Liza says:

    I will still be reading and lifting you, Doug, your family, your desires of the heart, your gift of healing through natures gift… in prayer… always!

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you Liza! I will have some fun activities for your homeschoolers!

  2. Laurel Bowen says:

    Your writing is so beautiful. I hope you keep it up in whatever context you end up with. Your ups and downs are inspirational to me and I am sure to lots of your readers.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you so much. This really inspired me.

  3. Julie says:

    I’m still here! And yes we read your blog for all the above reasons, but we have come to know and love you Doug and your family, your words, your traumas, your ups and downs. You are part of our lives. So why would we stop reading? It’s like a real life saga! We are all wanting, hoping, dreaming right there with you. Wishing we could help. Thinking that for such good people a happy ending is just around the corner! Which I’m sure it is! Keep writing, and we will be right here ❤️😊

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you, Julie! You are proof that my community spread far and wide!

  4. Genevieve says:

    I’m not going anywhere. I love reading about your resolve in your journey. You’re back doing what you love and what you do well. Praying the residence situation finds more permanence soon.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thanks Genevieve! See you soon!

  5. Linda Narumit says:

    I won’t ever stop reading your blog! It seems our family is very talented in writing! I’m not too shabby, but I’m much better at being a motor mouth! Haa haa! Don’t stop the blog!

    1. Farmgirl says:

      I am still looking forward to you blog, Linda!

  6. Bill says:

    I’ll be one of the folks following along on your journey for as long as you allow us to. May the winding road you’re traveling lead you to the place you are meant to be. Peace.

    1. Farmgirl says:

      Thank you, Bill. That means a lot to me! Peace is certainly becoming the result of all this.

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