Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Christmas Cards from High Ground Farm...Java Chickens Decorating the Christmas Tree and Wrapping Gifts








I have a few packets of Christmas Cards printed from my original water color paintings left of : The Java Hens Decorating the Tree, and Wrapping Christmas Gifts; The Chicken Barn Door at Christmas; and Winnie wearing his Christmas Bow.

These are great to send to family and friends at Christmas, as well as for gifts. I also use them for special Gift Tags for very fancy gifts.

Taken from the inspiration of the farm, AND a liberal dose of my imagination. I loved creating them.

Email me if you want to order. and I will ship them to you. Unfortunately I do not have a way to accept credit cards (a project for the new year), so mail me a check. I will get them to you within the next 2 weeks, since I may have to have more printed.

A packet of 6 cards/envelopes - 15.00/includes postage.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Have I Disappeared?



Well, I am sure some of you have wondered what has happened to me! Well, not to go into detail, our family has experienced a serious health issue...and I have been focusing on things other than the farm. Life is uncertain, and a adventure. For now the farm is resting, but will gear up again in spring! Planning to make the cooking classes, and tours a real hands on experience of rural life!

I did harvest the BIG Kahuna White Ginger...and for the first harvest very good. Grated it for a steak marinade last week to the satisfaction of my diners. It is divine.

I have down sized the hen flock to a manageable 40; the beds are in cover crops of turnips, and kale; and the flower beds are all waiting for me to save the seed for next year.

The leaves are coming down and I am grateful for them! They are a gift to me to add to the beds as compose. Lovely stuff, rotted leaves, full of garden nutrients.

Pastures are being sowed in rye, and red clover for the spring. The bee hives are doing well, and we hope for a honey harvest next year.

Every year is different, and this one is unique, as I learn more than I ever thought I needed to know about patience, and taking one day at a time. Life, every moment is a blessing.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

More to Come Later......

Promise me
you'll always remember:
You're braver
than you believe,
and stronger
than you seem,
and smarter
than you think.

said
Christopher Robin to Pooh.
by A.A. Milne

Monday, August 1, 2011

Butterflies, Honeybees, Bumblebees, and Wasps





This morning there is constant motion all along the Zinnia, and Basil rows in the Kitchen Garden! It is a lovely sight as the pollinators enjoy the nector of all the flowers in bloom!

Don was out to check the 3 hives of honeybees in the garden. I was happy to hear they are doing well. The smell of pine smoke drifted out into the garden from the smokers. Lovely.

I am grateful that the morning is cooler. What a hot wave we have had here in NC. I was so relieved to see the rain yesterday. As if everything needed a good wash. All the dust has settled, and the morning seemed so much brighter.

Pretty Java Pullets and Cockerels




The young Javas are now 8 weeks old, and really looking nice. They are out of my best Java stock. I am impressed with the body confirmation and nice complete black legs, and feet with yellow soles. I will keep these to continue to build my Java flock. They are already zealous foragers! True to the nature of the Java. I just love this breed.

Preserving the Summer




The beets grew beautifully this year. They seem to thrive in the heat (unlike so many other things). As I was slipping the peels off , I had a sudden memory of helping my grandmother, Emma, at her kitchen sink. I must have been 7 or 8 years old. My job was to remove the skins from the beets. After boiling them until just tender the skins slip off very easily. As I was doing this, I could hear my grandmother Carroll's sweet chuckle, and see the big old sink filled with beets. The memory is such a amazing store of sights, sounds, smells, and textures. Lovely.

Here are photos of the beets: Just after cooking, just peeled, and then after canning the lovely sweet pickled beets. I used 5 spice powder instead of pickling spice this year, and think it is better. More cloves, and allspice...and cardamon I think.

I will serve these at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Summer in a jar.

Monday, June 27, 2011

How Many Tomatoes Have You Ever Seen In One Place ?




Today was another Tomato Day in High Ground Farmhouse. What a sight, a co-zillion (at least) waiting for me to as they lined the dining room table, and the kitchen table. Inspecting, sizing, sorting, washing, drying, weighing, and finally packing in flat clean recycled labeled boxes. All of this before taking the best ones, more than 100 pounds of beautiful HEIRLOOM Tomatoes to waiting chefs, and to Whole Foods Market in Cary. I love to look at the shapes, and the colors...but the taste is the best part. What a delicious sandwich I had for supper. Thick smokey bacon, canola mayo, white bread and 3 thick slices of a Cherokee Purple Tomato. Doesn't get much better than that!

AND it is not too late to sign up for a Produce Box for Wednesday drop off in Fuquay Varina. Give me a call or email me to sign up. Boxes are 25.00 each. Take a look at the list on the sidebar for details, and all the extra's available.

Blackberry Brambles Heavy with Fruit



The Blackberries were planted just 3 years ago along a cedar split rail fence that extends about 600 feet around the Kitchen Garden and Apple Orchard. There are about 20 plants. Last year there were enough for only one sumptuous pie. This year they are heavy with fruit. I have frozen 3 gallons, and given away about the same. There are more to pick tomorrow. I am certain it is the bees. The honeybees were thick on the blossoms in spring. I cannot wait for company to have an excuse to bake a pie. The butter crust,one of my favorites, turns out brown and flaky. A perfect compliment to the tart sweet berries.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The End Result is Art....The culmination of months of hard, hot, and long work





After weeks of weeding, watering, composting, staking, harvesting, washing, packaging, labeling, marketing, emailing...I finally see the fruit of my labor. The back of my truck filled to the top with Produce Boxes, Tomato Boxes, Basil Bunches, Farm Field Flower Bouquets, Fresh Pasture Raised Heritage Breed Hen Eggs, and Oh Yes, my art. My art is a way to capture the beauty of everyday things. Sights that make it all worth the work, and the worry. It is a beautiful sight.

Is There Anything That Says Summer like the Taste of a Warm from the Garden TOMATO?


I ate my first tomato of the summer tonight for supper...and well it was all the heirloom tomato is suppose to be! Warm from the garden, sweet, tangy, and "tomato-y". It was absolutely delicious with zucchini cooked with garlic and olive oil and some crusty bread to sop up the tomato and the oil. Nothing more is needed.

Friday, June 10, 2011

So What's in the Box Saturday?

Tender Green String Beans, yellow squash, white patty pan squash, tender green zucchini, new dug red potatoes, tender green cabbage, new white onions, and rosemary for roasted potatoes!

Orders will be delivered tomorrow to Whole Foods in Cary. Order your box for next week NOW. Order for 1 month to hold your CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) spot. Reduced rate for 4 week orders.

See you tomorrow!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Produce Box Delivery to Your Door this Week

Wednesday June 8, Special Delivery to your FUQUAY office or home! Produce Boxes, Eggs, Honey and Cut Farm Flowers.Big fresh cabbage,spring onions, new red pototoes, beets, zucchini, patty pan squash ,cucumbers 25.00; Cut Flowers 15.00; Eggs 6.00/dozen; Harnett County Honey-6.00. Email order today.

Hard Work Sweetened by Languid Moments...I close my eyes and store the memory of the moment, to bring out when I need it, like a old favorite photo.




The last few days have been a steady maddening pace! Monday is my morning to catch up on the business end of farming, with all the emails, scheduling, and general paper work, so let me reflect as a way to share the events here on the farm.

Every day begins with a long walk with the dogs around the farm,as we check fence lines, and any wildlife mischief that occurred during the night. This usually uncovers some discovery, a turtle laying her eggs in mud, or a invisible scent that makes the dogs crazy. Hand weeding every day for several hours to keep the beds/fields at their best, although right now the tomato field is out of control with grassy rows. I just cannot seem to get it all mulched.

Then, harvesting the night, or morning of market days.
Hours of picking cucumbers,zucchini,cabbages,beets,radishes. Lifting heavy boxes, and baskets, is building my biceps and I do not even have to go to a gym! Then weighing, making Produce Boxes, labeling, and wrapping to go straight to a large cooler until driving them out to market or to families eager to have delicious vegetables for their table. Delivering to restaurants, families and to Whole Foods Market is a accumulation of all my work. I bring a beautiful and very high quality product in ...to the raves of smiles of the chefs, families, and the great Whole Foods people. It is so gratifying to know people value this delicious food and the work it takes.

In the middle of all of this, are hawk attacks which require me to bolt down to the pasture with dogs running madly along with tongues hanging out, to shew (I do not think that is a real word) the hawks away. Hawks are VERY persistent and try something everyday. THIS is going to be Emmy's job, however right now she is very much in training. She loves the chickens, but I cannot tell if she likes them and thinks they are her pets, or if she wants to eat them. I am told it takes 2 years to train a pup to be a reliable livestock/chicken guardian, so it is a long process.

Mowing and trimming the grounds takes way too much time, but necessary to prevent SNAKE habitat! I almost stepped on a COPPERHEAD a few weeks ago at the chicken barn late one night. So, hours of mowing, dripping with sweat is part of the farm. That reminds me I need to mow down at the gates!

The hen house has to have new bedding, and general "housework" everyday. Feed, grain,and fresh water every day keeps the hens healthy. Egg gathering now is complicated (as part of puppy training) with Emmy sitting in the hen house at my feet as I collect eggs. This is interrupted several times with "sit/stay", and "leave it" as Emmy becomes a little too interested in a hen. A broody hen helped with a sharp peck to her nose yesterday as she got too close..helping with the training process I hope. Wheewww I hope I can keep this guardian dog training up!

Ah yes, the delicious fresh meals! Famished from all the hard work, there is nothing like throwing what ever is extra, or going bad from the garden in a pan and eating it! The English Peas have given up to the hot sun, so last night I ate the last of them cooked quickly in olive oil and garlic over fresh pasta. What a feast with Pomegranate Green Tea. Lovely. Here is a photo.

Hot, dripping with sweat, and tired from hours of physical labor, I sit in the cool of the shade, and am so thankful for this place of solitude, and beauty. The scent of the now heavy laden Gardenia Bushes, and huge Magnolia blossoms drifts in the hot air. The drone of a small plane overhead, and the gentle breeze on my face is a solace to my soul. I close my eyes and store the memory of the moment, to bring out when I need it, like a old favorite photo.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Inspiration for the Day

PERFECT DAY (ending) ..I have loved this haunting, enchanting music and lyrics for years. Inspiration to see the beauty in everyday, every moment. Perfect Day (beginning)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Vegetable Gardens are Loving this HOT Weather...and I am NOT



Well, all this hot and humid weather is heaven for the heirloom tomatoes, beans, cabbages, heirloom squashes, zucchini, cucumbers and everything, but NOT for ME. I have worked out in the heat everyday, and find I have to come in midday to escape and cool down. After a few hours of rest (housework seems like rest after weeding, and mulching in 95 degrees), I go back out again. Everyday involves hand weeding, mulching, watering. Some days we pick for the next day, but most of the time we pick just before I am taking produce to Whole Foods Market, Heron's at the Umstead, Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen, or Bella Mia, all in Cary, NC. This way they get the very freshest produce. Today Zucchini was literally in their hands 2 hours out of the field. The blossoms were still on some. It was a lovely sight. Think of the taste just pan fried in a little olive oil with sea salt. Can not get any better than that!

The hens do not like the hot weather. They sit or stand with their wings out a bit for air to circulate, and hassle with their mouths open. Chickens do not sweat, so have to regulate their temperature this way. I give them cold water twice a day, and they LOVE to stand in the water as it tickles out of the toughs over their feet! They also enjoy cold bananas..chickens love things that are sweet like fruit. I am sure that cools them down some too. They have a big fan inside the coop blowing onto the roost poles. They seem to enjoy the breeze. With the change to very hot weather, they are laying fewer eggs. Just at the time in the year when demand in up...that is farming!

Produce Boxes today were loaded! Garden Peas, Radishes (3 kinds), new red potatoes, grey and dark green zucchini, yellow crooked neck squash, white patti pan squash, crisp young pointed head cabbage, white onions, and crisp pickling and straight cucumbers. What a box! The same with be in boxes for the next week ...THEN the tomatoes start! SIGN UP NOW if you want a box delivered to the Fuquay, Chapel Hill, or Cary location. Call or email me for details. Would love to bring some great produce out to you, and I do special orders if you have favorites! Nothing like new red potatoes cooked in butter and olive oil. Yum!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

A New Guard for the Chickens...Watch OUT Mr. Fox


Emmy, the English Shepherd is now on patrol! Well, she is in TRAINING to be on patrol, but showing great promise. She is just a pup now, but already springs to action if anything seems the least bit unusual. English Shepherds are a very old farm dog breed, and perfect to guard the hens from those pesky fox, coyote,raccoon, and the WORSE of all...the HAWKS! She is so smart, already walking at heel,understanding "let's go EAT", and "walk through" (going through gates/doors"). I don't think I have ever had a pup catch on so quickly! The hens are just starting to accept her. At first they were VERY suspicious, not sure if she was a strange dog, or a funny looking fox, or what! The roosters sent out warning calls, and the hens ran for cover. They are getting over this after many walks in the pasture. Emmy looks at the hens, but shows no interest in chancing them. It will be a while before she is ready to solo this duty. I have added a link, in case you want to read more about the English Shepherd livestock guard.

Calum likes her, and has been a very good influence, with his gentlemanly manners (except for his recent embarrassing incident,when he ate a ENTIRE huge "highly digestible (thank goodness!) extra large nylabone!!) He would not look me in the eye! That's the last time I will have anything like that around! I was shocked! So unlike him!

The High Ground Farm Newsletter will be coming out soon. Let me know if you would like to be added to the list! A lot is going on here, so this is a way for folks to keep up with available produce, chick hatches, TOURS, COOKING CLASSES and new ART available for sell.

The "Henside the Beltline Tour d'Coop" is this Saturday, May 21. This is a gala spring event featuring beautiful chicken coops in Raleigh. Many are unexpectedly beautiful in gorgeous gardens. I am so glad folks are catching on to the joys of keeping chickens! They are wonderful to watch...calming, and sweet as they peck, and scratch. Check the website, and plan to come out. I just love this tour!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Java Eggs Hatching and other things



Tomorrow I will NOT be at Whole Foods in Cary, NC. I have several family commitments and on top of that, a group of Java chicks hatching on Sunday. Several people will be picking up day old Java Chicks, so I have to get everything coordinated for the pick ups. Keeping my fingers crossed that they will all hatch! You just never know with hatching chicks. "Never count your chicks before they hatch"...is so true.

The gardens are looking great! 4 Fields of Heirloom Tomatoes (over 1000 plants in all!) , and long, long rows of all kinds of vegetables are greening up. I put in Big Kahuna White Hawaiian Ginger yesterday. It was already sprouting! I am eager to see how this does in NC. Today I added more Tromboncino Squash, White Acre Field Peas, Okra (my family just loves Okra) and Semonola Pumpkins. (I think this gardening thing is a addiction!...no really I do) Today I picked the first Snow Peas...delicious steamed and served over rich Risotto cooked with broth from roasting 2 fat Java cockerels (young roosters), and fresh smooth Kale...it was a feast. I have these wonderful birds in the freezer, and I am very spoiled with the flavor and richness.

Oh yes, the Bees are making honey! Yesterday Don was here to check the hive...and there is honey! He had to add 2 Supers! I saw the cutest (yes, I said cutest) sight yesterday morning. 2 honeybees were sitting on the edge of livestock bucket that catches rainwater under the eaves of the little barn. They were sipping water! Amazing sight. I also saw one bee sipping water from a tiny hole in the side of the bucket. So interesting these gentle bees.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Flowers at High Ground Farm are SPECTACULAR





Every year, I watch in awe as the perennials come to life...again. This is the most beautiful year ever, I say to Calum as we walk through the back garden, the Kitchen Garden, the border along the big barn, the chicken house flower border, and the pasture where "volunteers" (the annuals that reseed themselves in the fields,and unexpected places) surprise me.

The scent of old english roses is sweet perfume, but the scent of a old "ditch rose" that I transplanted from my parents house over 30 years ago where is grew wild all through the hedge rows, and ditches attracts me like no other. The scent floats thickly in the air like honey, it transforms the day. It is bliss. I do not know the real name of this ditch rose, but it is the best. Spring is magic here. The light in early morning is transforming. The peace and beauty of the new day is a sanctuary for my spirit. Standing quietly to let it seep in, it renews me.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Whole Foods Market in Cary, NC TODAY

Just a quick note to let everyone know I will be at Whole Foods in Cary, NC today, Saturday April 30. This is the LAST DAY FOR TOMATO PLANTS! There will be no more plants, so come out between 11-2 today to get yours! 4.00 each for these hardy, well rooted plants! I will also bring a limited number of FARM FLOWER BOUQUETS, English Roses, Herbs, Bachelor Buttons, and what ever else I find this morning blooming, beautiful Spring Aprons I made last week, and a Original Watercolor Painting of ANNABELLE! Check it out on Facebook, High Ground Farm.

More later on the farm...See you at Whole Foods!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Busy, and Eventful Times at High Ground Farm




Sorry for not posting over the past week.
Much has been going on here, so let me summarize:

I have lost my sweet companion, Susie, a Scottish Terrier to old age. She was a true terrier, who never gave up, and thought she was as big as anything wild in our woods. She hated snakes of any kind, but particularly copperheads, and would hunt for them, not only around the farm, but into the woods. Barking for hours, it seemed, to finally dispatch them. Seeing her gradually become less and less of herself was difficult. I recall the words of a poem: Death is nothing at all,
I have only slipped away into the next room.
....by Henry Scott Holland 1847 -1918. I can see and hear Susie still....she has marked this beautiful place, and will always be a part of me.

The vegetable gardens are growing, but slowly due to the unusual weather, with cool nights, and slow to warm soils. I expect to start PRODUCE BOXES May 25 Wednesday, starting at Soil Toppers in Fuquay Varina Pick Up site. The rows, and rows of field peas, butterbeans, greenbeans, squashes, onions, potatoes, and AHHHhhh yes the Heirloom Tomatoes (over 500 plants in the ground) are looking great. The sweet spring rains are really helping them grow.

Flowers are perfuming the garden air, with Old English Roses (Cecille Bruner, Gertude Jeykll, to name a few) Iris, yellow, purple, and a funny brown/green are starting to bloom, and the blue batchelor buttons are popping out all over. I even saw a bunch in the pasture just this morning. (I just LOVE Volunteers) Speaking of volunteers, I see millions of Larkspur popping up in the back garden....waiting for warmer weather to bolt and then bloom.

I sprinkled in Zinnias, and Marygolds all over the perennial borders this morning. I literally have baskets and baskets of seeds, I saved from last years dead headings. I collect the dried blooms in baskets labeled with the color,and type of flower, and keep them dry in the barn for the next seasons planting. Cozillions of them!

The Hens are loving the Spring weather! They are foraging in the wooded shaded areas for bugs, and worms. They are eating organic leafy greens, fruits, and other vegetables everyday...they are so spoiled! They have a field of green, tender Rye Grass, they RUN to every morning.

I have a group of 40 eggs from "The Chosen Ones" , the best of the best Javas, in the incubator. I will candle them in a few days to see which ones are growing. Hopefully I will be reporting chicks by May 8th or so.

This week I will plant over 250 Heirloom Tomatoes in the tomato field, then the Hens paddock will be switched over by using gates to allow the Hens to graze the now month old Oats in the side pasture. The Tomatoes will be planted by hand in the rich soil of the tomato field, and mulched. I hope to have extra hands to make this go faster, with the wonderful folks at Whole Foods in Cary, volunteering! Yeahhhh !!

The Bees are doing well...but did I tell you one of the new hives LEFT! As I understand it, new hives sometimes do not like the queen! Oh my ! Is it her look, or her personality, or scent...well I do not know..but they just simply LEAVE. Well that is what happened with one of the hives. The other hive is doing great, and by the looks of all the activity thriving. I hope we can move another hive into the empty super, and try again.

Easter was celebrated in fine style at High Ground Farm! A sumptuous meal: Roasted and BBQ chicken, Field Peas,Fried Okra, Butterbeans, Pepper Relish, Fresh Berrys/Mango, Baked Cornbread with cheese/bacon, Risotto with rich broth/english peas. Then to top it off a decedent Black and White Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream to Celebrate a Birthday! Add to all the people, the food, a mix of dogs, BIG DOGS 3 in all...and .....well you have JOYOUS CHAOS ! In the middle of all this a friend dropping in to bring gifts of ferns, and geraniums, AND one of the dogs getting a bite from something requiring benadryl, and nursing care (good thing I have some experience in that department!). I am so grateful for it all!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Tomato Plants for Sale at Whole Foods in Cary, NC


High Ground Farm will be at Whole Foods in Cary, tomorrow, Sunday 4-17-11 from about 11-2 with gorgeous heirloom tomato plants. They are a good 12-18 inches tall...and ready to be planted.

I spent the morning at a Animal Welfare Approved fundraiser at The Pit BBQ in downtown Raleigh. Lots of people came out to hear the great live music, and talk to us about AWA and farms that are approved. Animal Welfare Approved is a certification process in which a farm is audited yearly, to assure that livestock is allowed to live a natural life outdoors, and that the farm follows all AWA high standards.

What a storm we had! Heavy rain, and wind, but fortunately nothing more serious in our neck of the woods. Our neighbors to the west had severe tornado damage.

Tomorrow will be a bright day, full of sunshine, so come out to Whole Foods and pick up a few plants for your garden! See you there!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Bees are here ...and other Surprises





Today as I worked in the Kitchen Garden, I savored the quiet, and birdsong, as I soaked up the bright, bright sunshine, and swam in the warmth of the spring air. It was a brilliant day.

The climbing rose on the little chicken house is blooming..this was surprise, as I thought it would not be until next week. The scent of a English Rose was unmistakable as it drifted to my nose early this morning. Like a detective, I searched the farm for the source of this delicious rose perfume. There was a tiny pink rose bud inside the chicken lot which was bursting with scent. There are hundreds to go. I will welcome the fragrance, like a old friend.

Midday, I received a unexpected call that the Bees had arrived. Don with the Harnett County Beekeepers, drove up with everything in perfect order to install, and quite expertly set up 2 hives. This group of Italian Bees behaved quite nicely as he transferred them to their new hive. The queens were placed inside to eat there way through sugar candy to join the hive. By that time they will all accept her and hopefully make a happy group.

They were certainly a buzz all afternoon. I am sure they were trying to get their bearings after all the travels of the day, and now a new home. I expect to find them settled in the morning, and sending out scouts to find nector. Bees communicate in a amazingly sophisticated way.

The ferns are unfurling, and the Jack in the Pulpits are sending up their shoots. It is a time of renewal, birth, and growth...always leaves me humbled and grateful.

Beautiful Chicken Feed


Last night as I was filling up the feeders (3, that together hold about 100lbs) I noticed again what beautiful grain these chickens eat! The fragrance is one of roasted nuttiness. Made of whole grains, including green peas.

Honestly, it looks like something to make sweet muffins out of! So here is a photo of it!

Made at Reedy Fork Farm in Elon, NC, a 5th generation Certified Organic dairy farm owned by the Teagues, which in addition to producing milk for Organic Valley, makes feed for diary cows, and chickens. The hens are VERY happy with it!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

All that is Going On....Thomas is Always in the Shadows








Today Thomas was lurking, along the edge of the Hen House....looking for mice! The hens do not even acknowledge his presence. They act as if he is invisible. I think they are so accustom to him, they see him as part of the flock. Not sure about that, but seems that way to me. Calum has discovered that Thomas somehow finds mice, and loves to go along for the chase. What a SIGHT it is to see big, old Calum crouched down, just like Thomas watching for mice, or any movement under the chicken house. But, Calum weighing around 95 pounds, is not as graceful as Thomas in the chase. A funny, funny sight.

Today we potted up about 250 heirloom tomato plants for the back field. This field now has chickens in it, scratching, and pecking...getting the dirt ready! I will turn the hens into the opposite field sowed with oats, when we plant. The oat field is beautiful, and the hens will love eating all the green tender shoots. I have volunteers coming to help with tomato planting. What a job it is, with digging the holes, putting in compose, lime, and then staking each one. But with extra hands it will be a pleasure, and a time to visit. So plan to come out to help if you want "practice" planting tomatoes!

The beets, radishes, Sugar Snaps, corn, and a few potatoes are up. With the warmer weather they should "take off" in the next week. The Batchelor Buttons are almost waist high, and loaded with blue buds. The English Roses (cecille bruner) are covering the chicken house, and the back garden walkway arbor is heavy with pink buds. It will be a sight to see when they all bloom. The scent of roses drifts, like perfume. I plan to sow the Zinnias in rows this week, and put in the Basil. Ahhhh yes, the bee's will love it here......

The Harnett County Beekeepers came out this past weekend to install 2 hives! I am so excited about having honey! I will have Harnett County honey for sale this year, but next year it will be High Ground Farm honey! Love it!

It is a beautiful time deep in these Harnett County woods. Plan to come for a tour...I have been told it is like stepping back in time. Another friend said, "I felt like I had been in another country!" So plan to come out to see for yourself!