A Very Farmy Christmas

I love Christmas. The tree, the lights, cookies, and a little sanctioned over-indulgence. A dose of egg nog with a kick always makes it feel festive too. This year gift giving was practical and especially farm oriented. The thing is, I would never treat myself to some of this stuff and neither would L.

Rain gear:
Mine are full of holes and are the old school vulcanized rubber kind that leave you wet on the inside when you work hard. This year I found a set of industrial hi-vis breathable rain gear under the tree. I’ve never been so happy.


L got a colinear hoe, Santa did a great wrapping job and no one had a clue what it was. Elliot Coleman designed this and he is one of our heroes.


Reading and Research:
Most books we check out from the public library but occasionally we run into one worth adding to our own shelves. One is helpful for growing grains for us and the animals. The Farming the Woods book I reviewed earlier and found it chock full of ideas for our woods and food production. The Market Gardener covers details in cropping, marketing etc, and a subscription to Acres USA has been on our wish list for a while. Cookbooks make the farm list because of value added concepts.


Boot Driers:
My feet are always wet. Between the bus commute to work, daily running, and weekends working in the rain my feet are near permanently pruney. When I opened a package containing boot driers that work on household voltage and 12v I let out a resounding hoot!


Gloves and Warmth:
Hats, gloves, and glove liners were a hit here. L found a pair of Mud Gloves in her stocking. They are her new favorite.


Chicken Signage:
We’ve begun laying out our layer paddocks and to help know which one we are talking about we discovered these under the tree. Santa’s local elf might need to make another as the calculations for flock rotation suggest a fourth paddock might be needed.


This might be a new tradition, bags of buckwheat, vetch, perennial clover and fava beans have been showing up in presents. They serve more as a reminder to get the big bags and plan for cover cropping and soil building.

Foodie Bits:
Whisks, tongs, and baguette stones made an appearance this year. L would like to add fresh baked bread to our CSA boxes (when we have a CSA). She’s already had good luck baking loaves for my co-workers in the past and is now making fantastic whole grain loaves. She also received a little jar of rose hip jam to sample. We have native rose hips all over the farm and I was hoping that if she liked it … Jam is great with bread!


Micro Loans:
My daughter gave a gift of giving this year and both L and I received gift certificates to help others with their farming projects. You can find out more at http://www.kiva.org . Pretty darn thoughtful.

It is funny how we change and the delight we can get from practical and thoughtful gifts.

About M. Agriculteur

Designer, motorcycle junkie, traveler, wanna-be iron butter (more butt than iron), builder, foodie, farmer wanna-be.
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8 Responses to A Very Farmy Christmas

  1. Awesome rain gear. I’ve been dithering about rain gear for a while – never even thought of asking Santa. Jealous of the Acres subscription – asked, hoped, wished – maybe next year, maybe I’ll cave and treat myself. I gave him the Economist after all. Foodie stuff – do Jamie Oliver tea mugs count? How ’bout Marks and Spencer’s pickled onion relish?

    Love the chicken paddock signs. I have 4/5 chicken runs, but no signs. We refer to them by number also – number 1 is the run nearest how we enter the whole area, number 4 the furthest. We all know the protocol, so it works. Sort of. Except when people forget and reverse it. Plus there’s a fifth run, that is also the pig paddock – there are popholes to that paddock from the two smallest runs that I sometimes open if I want to extend the time in one of those runs. I need to suggest signs round here – maybe for Mother’s Day…

    • Thanks, the signs were surprisingly easy a little time with a gouge chisel and some dremel action (cheating) to make the relief. Then color and varnish. I got the ideas for all our signage during a day-long shovelfest. πŸ˜ƒ but wanted to try these out to make sure she liked them. L and I are pretty good at dropping hints around this time of year. We keep a “need list” and a “wish list” for the farm all year around.

  2. DM says:

    Loved the coat, love the books and loved the thought of home made bread! Seasons greetings from the heartlands. DM

  3. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    You may also find this a good title to add to your reference library:
    “Forgotten Skills of Cooking” by Darina Allen, ISBN 978-1-906868-06-2
    Published by Kyle Cathie Limited. http://www.kylebooks.com

  4. Thanks for the recommendation Deb – I’ve added it to my wish list. πŸ˜‹

    • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

      You’re welcome and Happy New Year!
      Forgot to mention, Darina Allen is from Ireland and her knowledge comes from generations past.

  5. Bill says:

    We don’t exchange gifts any more, but if we did those are my kind of presents! I have hoe envy.

    Kiva is an awesome organization. We’ve made over a dozen loans over the last few years and every one has been repaid in full.

    My wife is a big fan of Fortier’s Market Gardener and she’s been after me to read it so I can “work smarter not harder.”

    Enjoy your goodies and Happy New Year!

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