A Farm Boy Only

Three boys being silly.

your bow lips purse in concentration on your summer-tanned face. A shock of blonde hair grows longer and lighter by the day. this is summertime and you are not a school boy but a farm boy only.

What’s That In Your Hand?

A woman sitting in a greenhouse.

The truth remains that there’s no better time than now to look at what’s in your hand, then ask yourself what you can do with what you already have.


Tiny seed starting pots with seedlings growing.

Spine uncurlingLimbs unfurlingBreaking through darknesswith arms lifted high Full of lifeFull of worshipPregnant with promisea future of fruit-laden vines Unafraid of attackersUndeterred by the doubtersDeaf to untruths and lies Having known only lifeand dependence on MakerHaving never seen otherwise Having waited dormantFor the moment He told itTo spring forth, tojump up and try A seed […]

Garden Musings with Wil Kunkle

A coffee mug left in the garden between plants.

Welcome back to the Roots and Refuge Podcast. I have a special guest returning to the podcast today, Wil Kunkle from Honeybee Hollow Gardens.


Cherry tomatoes dying on the vine.

the garden last night did not look like one with numbered days, but in truth the numbering could have been done in hours or minutes even.

Horses and Dreams

A father and sons on horseback.

Join me in this podcast with Wes Green, a dear friend and neighbor of ours here in South Carolina, as we discuss homesteading, horses and dreams.

Love Story 

The profile of a man with a barn in the background.

Perched on a stool in the morning light, captivated by your hands as they gingerly crack the colorful shells of eggs you gathered yesterday.

Grow Your Own Food (Podcast)

A boy holding an armful of produce standing between multiple raised garden beds.

Wanting to grow your own food and feed your family from what you raise and preserve yourself means taking a closer look at your daily choices.

The Hard and Worthy Work of Homesteading

A woman giving a cow pets.

With the throes of spring upon us, I’m reminded of just how much work this homesteading life demands. In this episode, I’m discussing the uniqueness of this lifestyle, as well as how to meet your basic needs while also meeting the basic needs of the farm.