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The sugar shed is quiet. No steam billowing from the cupula, no roaring fire beneath the evaporator, and the scent…

Every year in late winter, our goats kid, sometimes delivering a single baby, while other times four kids have emerged. Like a good midwife, I order certain supplements that provide different vitamins and pack up a kit, including thread, scissors, iodine, and a little cape to help keep the kid warm. John and I haul out the “kid box” he built and check to see that the heat lamp works. Then we wait. And wait until our does show signs that they will soon give birth.

One of our favorite places to collapse after a busy day of farm work is our porch swing. With a…

She’s an off-the-grid farmer in Fennville and harpist who somehow also finds time to write. Joan Donaldson has several historical fiction novels…

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