Exciting News for Collingwood Farm!

Collingwood Farm

The United States Government thinks we’re cool!

I’m serious! We have just been selected as one of the recipients in Ohio to receive a grant, funded by the USDA National Resources Conservation Service, to build a 2,100 sq ft hoop house (or high tunnel)!! Woohoo! I just received the final contract today!

For those of you who aren’t hip to the farming lingo (don’t worry, until 12 months ago, I was in the dark…) a hoop house, a.k.a., high tunnel is a temporary structure made from PVC pipes, or metal, in a hoop shape, and covered in plastic. They come in all different sizes. High tunnels are not greenhouses. There’s no electrical, plumbing, cement, etc. It’s just a barrier, heated by the sun, protecting a particular area of the farm. Simply put, it’s a big piece of plastic protecting our plants from unwanted elements. Here’s an example:


So, what…

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I’ve been meaning to post this arugula recipe here, but it ended up on the farm blog, so please, enjoy!

Collingwood Farm

If you look at the top of the page, you’ll see a new “recipes” tab. I’ve been making things from the over-abundance of produce, and I thought I’d share with you what I’ve been doing! I’ve posted the following two recipes there today, and will continue to do so as the season continues! I hope you enjoy!



Arugula Pesto


  • 4 cups packed fresh arugula
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup pure olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted (you could substitute walnuts, as well.)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan

1. For this recipe, I blanched the arugula for about 15 secs, and then dipped in ice water. Next time, I think I won’t blanch it, because it lost most of it’s spiciness. But if you blanch, squeeze out all the excess water.

2. Roughly chop the arugula and put in a blender…

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I’m back!! For the moment…

Hello my blogging friends! I have found my way back to my blog. I’ve been more of a lurker lately, mostly due to the fatigue of Spring farming. (Don’t feel bad, I love it!) I have been doing a lot of blogging at Collingwood Farm, because we’re trying to get the business off the ground.  Check it out. Constructive criticism is always welcome.

In my absence, I was nominated for not one, but TWO, awards. And I am extremely honored.

Thank you to Anna, at Oceannah, nominated me for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award.

According to the rules, I am to share 7 things you don’t already know about me, so here goes:

1. I’m a nurse practitioner by trade, but farmer by everything else. 🙂

2. My neice looks just like me. (Shhh…her mom hates when I say that.)

3. My husband is my best friend.

4. I hate canned peas. HATE THEM!

5. I love the color red.

6. I wear a size 8 1/2 shoe

7. I farm in my flip flops.

Probably too much information…. 🙂

And my second award is From Julie at Outtakes on the Outskirts. The Sunshine Award comes with the follow questions:

  1. What is your favorite color?  Red
  2. What is your favorite animal? Dogs, monkeys, pigs, and I never thought I’d say it–chickens!!
  3. What is your favorite number?  22 (My birth day.)
  4. What is your favorite non-alcholic drink? Coffee.
  5. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter?  Never twittered, and gave up facebook for New Years. It’s worked out beautifully! And I don’t miss it!
  6. What is your passion? Hmmm…farming, independence, happiness.
  7. Do you prefer getting or giving presents? Making, then giving. That’s my fav!
  8. What is your favorite pattern? Pattern. Really?? Whatever is on my pillowcase.
  9. What is your favorite day of the week?  Friday.
  10. What is your favorite flower? Sunflowers!

So thank you, Julie!!

I promise to pass the awards on to deserving bloggers the next day it rains. 🙂 (Which at this rate seems like never!)

Well, I had ideas to post about my recent arugula pesto recipe, and some other goodies that came up on the farm, but I’m afraid I’ve already run out of time. I promise to post again before a month goes by.

Happy Memorial Day!


Support local and family farmers! Enough with this big business bullying!!!

A Real Food Lover

If you haven’t caught wind of this issue yet, I implore you to read any of the following articles




Whether you live in Michigan or not, we need your help! If you can take 10 seconds and sign the following petition, it gets sent directly to Governor Snyder’s email. We do not have enough uproar regarding this issue, and they are scheduled to start seizing and slaughtering these poor farmers’ livestock any day.


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Chickens, again.

You know how everytime you read someone’s blog about chickens, they’re all like, “I can’t stop getting chickens.” or “Be sure to prepare for more chickens, cause once you start you can’t stop.” Wellllll…..it’s true. We got more chickens. Three more chickens. That’s a total of 6. 3 Jersey Giants, 1 Barred Rock, 1 White brahma, and 1 black australop.

I’ve been meaning to update you on all of the terrific happenings going on at our place, but it’s like Spring here, and I’ve been buuuuuuusy! The evenings are usually when I blog, but instead, I’ve been finding myself asleep sitting up. So, heres a quickie version:

1. We got more chickens….obviously. We still don’t have eggs. Our 3 Jersey giants are all molting.

2. We built a new, awesome chicken coop, big enough for 6 chickens.

3. Our farm is up a running. (Check it out at Collingwood Farm.)

4. There are things sprouting in my bedroom, breezeway, cold frames, and portable green house.

5. The sun is shining most days, and its 70 degrees.

6. I’ve been spending any spare time outside, loving every minute, and spending my nights sleeping like a rock.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to post better posts soon. But for now, we should all get outside and enjoy this weather!! 🙂

Help stop GMO corn!!!

Here’s the email I’ve shared with my family and friends from CREDO. Please follow the link, and sign the petition if you want to tell Monsanto you don’t want to eat their crappy, unnatural food!

“Subject: Tell Walmart: Don’t sell Monsanto’s potentially toxic GMO sweet corn

Dear Friend,

This spring, Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn — their first product for direct human consumption — will be getting planted for the first time.

Then it will be sold, unlabeled, in a grocery store near you.

To stop it, we’ll need significant opposition from food sellers to this untested, potentially toxic product. Walmart is the largest food retailer in the country, but they have no plans to reject Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn.

I just signed a petition urging Walmart to take a stand for consumer safety, and reject Monsanto’s GMO sweet corn before it’s planted. You can add your name here: