So much has happened; it was a whirlwind summer of making cheese, gardening, making more cheese, hosting Blackthorn's Bounty--that is, running the garden with my son, Brendan, and having some of our products go to market. And making more cheese. The cellar has 26 wheels in it now, and we have eaten a lot of the ones I started with making in the Spring. I can only make enough for our own/family/friends consumption, as we eat it all year. Some of the cheeses age over a year in the cellar. I wish I could share more and that there could be more of us small farmers producing our own community's dairy products. Commercial dairies on a large scale are cruel for the animals and create large amounts of methane, increasing greenhouse gasses and accelerating climate change. I do teach cheesemaking and animal husbandry, and hope to see more people invest their abilities into being able to produce food in ways that are less damaging to life on Earth.
The Summer brought the excitement of family visits, weekly Restoring the Relationship workshops, and also the experience of a total eclipse, shared with a wonderful group of people.
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