The current (and hopefully long lasting) trend towards farming is part of the movement towards contentment searching in our society. Despite our material wealth, or perhaps because of it, Americans are a very discontent society. We are searching for a sense of purpose and happiness. Many of us have looked at the last few generation’s pursuit of material wealth and seen that it didn’t bring happiness. We have instead given up on wealth as a goal and have begun to look at the quality of our life and simplification as a way to bring this contentment. A very efficient way Read More
I have been struggling the past few years to have a farm and I and my family recently came to the conclusion that we don’t want a farm. We want a homestead.
What’s wrong with farming?
A farm is centered around production. You are trying to build an agricultural empire (of whatever size) where you are selling. Push push push. You have a product and it needs to go out, whether that product is beef, cheese, jelly or asparagus. Because it’s a business, you focus on what is the most profitable and you slash what isn’t. You try to get your numbers up, try to increase your stock, try to increase Read More
There is literally a pelican in my trunk.
I got a call from a friend this morning who informed me there was a pelican on the side of the road with a broken wing. She needed help because it was trying to bite her and of course this is the countryside and there were literally no cops or animal control within a half hour drive. I ofcourse rushed to help as I would for any injured animal, but a pelican? In the desert? I was pretty sure that she had mistaken the animal.
It was a white pelican tucked against a chain-link fence curled up in an impressive size ball Read More
This summer was fantastic. I spent nearly a month in Ireland touring around music festivals and of course….farms. How could I leave my own farm and not go to another one? Ok ok I’m obsessed.
I ended up on Inis Mor, the biggest of the three Aran Islands, where my friend and I took a horse cart tour. It was so much fun and so beautiful. Strangely enough I even got a sun burn. Who knew that was possible in Ireland?
The boat trip across was CRAZY choppy. I stopped recording when the swells reached about 20 ft
I really liked the Aran Islands, more Read More
Finally the baby season has started. Usually we have babies running around as early as January, but this year it seems everyone wanted to wait until the weather warmed up a bit. The long awaited baby of last year’s most adorable baby, Aurora, has finally been born. She’s so cute and tiny I can barely stand it!
It was great timing too. A waldorf school teacher with an upcoming field trip came by for a tour and after seeing this adorable face, how could she not be super excited about the Read More
I woke up early before the sun was up to get some beautiful pictures of the sky and enjoy the quiet of the desert before the farm animals wake up. I wish I’d had more time as the sunrise was extra beautiful and the weather extra perfect which is rare in the extreme desert. But alas, I had to teach my psychology class at Victor Valley College.
After a super interesting class on false memories and cult methods for brainwashing members, I headed back to the ranch to keep working on our renovations. The bathroom is Read More
I gave a farm tour today to some wonderful people from a homeschooling Waldorf group from Topanga Canyon, CA who are considering bringing their whole group here for a field trip. I love Waldorfers. It’s a style of teaching that is very hands on and very connected to nature and to doing REAL things. Very much how we teach the kids who visit the farm.
There were three adorable little munchkins who just ran all over the farm loving on the animals, especially Bologna the pony. The kittens were of course the big winners.
I haven’t posted much about this even though we’ve been struggling with it since january. I was walking past the farmstay guest house and noticed water leaking out the walls.
I ran inside and there was just inches of water covering the entire first floor. Disaster! I was so upset.
The hot water heater’s heating element had shorted out and water was just Read More
With 2014 a thing of the past, our family has never been so happy to see a new year. Almost every single person in the immediate family and many of the extended family have dealt with a surgery, accident, financial disaster or something else bad this past year. We celebrated the new year with more enthusiasm than ever before and with better food too. We had a rib dinner with lamb, pork and beef ribs all raised here at the ranch. The new year is going to HAVE to be better with that kind of welcome.
So what awaits you and your farming endeavors in the new year?
- Start! Read More
Recently, we hosted a group of elementary kids. It was so much fun. They got to feed the animals, collect eggs, milk the goat, learn how to make mozzarella cheese, harvest pistachios from the tree, pet the kittens, and so much more.
While everyone seemed to love the trip, the teachers were curious about the free time the students had. We feel strongly about the importance of free time. Here at Flip Flop Ranch, we believe that free play is important for the proper development of children. Plus if you want your child to experience what real farm life is like then that includes plenty of time for children to explore Read More