Author Archives: Laura Grace Weldon

About Laura Grace Weldon

Laura Grace Weldon is the author of two poetry collections --- Blackbird (Grayson Books, 2019) and Tending (Aldrich Press, 2013), as well as Free Range Learning, a handbook of natural learning (Hohm Press, 2010). She lives on Bit of Earth Farm where she's a barely useful farm wench. Although she has deadlines to meet she often wanders from the computer to preach hope, snort with laughter, cook subversively, ponder life’s deeper meaning, talk to chickens and cows, sing to bees, hide in books, walk dogs, concoct tinctures, watch foreign films, and make messy art. Blog: lauragraceweldon.com/blog-2/ FB: facebook.com/FreeRangeLearningCommunity FB: facebook.com/SubversiveCooking FB: facebook.com/laura.euphoria Twitter: @earnestdrollery

All About Perspective

Two years ago we had a 30′ x 72′ high tunnel built, with a wooden kickboard and heavy chicken wire where the sides roll up to keep it secure. My husband planted 54 grapevines in a range of carefully selected … Continue reading

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Livestock Bedding As Garden Soil

Every year we noticed seeds sprout, grow, and mature in the piles of bedding and manure from our cow barn. Mostly squash and melon seeds — quite naturally those seeds were available after feeding cattle the leftover squash and melon from our gardens. 

It got me thinking. Continue reading

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Appreciating Diversity: Eggs, Orange Juice, One Another

The same flock of chickens, even the same breed, lays fascinatingly diverse eggs. But chances are you’ve never seen them. In part, that’s because hens in a commercial operation don’t live out their natural lifespan, so the rippled, dimpled, and … Continue reading

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Creating a Forest Garden

For years I’ve been fascinated by the concept of forest gardening. Elderberries grow in our woods, along with nut trees. But we’ve had little luck seeding logs with mushroom spores, getting ginseng to grow, or fostering the growth of berry … Continue reading

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Wild Duckling Survival

Every time the Mallard comes into view I can’t help but check to see if all four ducklings are with her. Today, again, I sigh in relief to see them all present.  Continue reading

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Gathering Dandelions: Celebration plus Recipe

Forage right outside the door for this bright yellow, health-giving plant and celebrate with a flower power recipe. Perfect for kids! Continue reading

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The Importance of Enunciation

Watch what you say and how you say it. Continue reading

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