Out in the Field, Hard at Work

Perhaps you’ve wondered where Grounded Women has been and why you haven’t seen a post for a while? Well, I’ve been out photographing and interviewing some amazing women in D.C., Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and I can’t wait to bring you their stories. So many powerful women and so much good hard work…

An Exploding Farm: Kelly Hensing Part 2

Kelly saw the dramatic results when she switched her family’s diet from the Standard American Diet to one of unprocessed foods, which included unprocessed milk, which we learned about in Part 1  of her story. When her husband accepted a job in Maryland, she wondered where she would get her milk, given that the sale…

First You Buy a Cow: Kelly Hensing Part 1

Kelly Hensing’s farm journey began with her desire to feed her family unprocessed foods, and that included unprocessed milk. She calls her Hilltop Acres Farm, of Dayton, Maryland, a microdairy. But the farm has blossomed (she might say “spun out of control”) to also include beef cattle, pigs, sheep, chicken, duck and turkey. Kelly sells the…

Blessings

Lots has been happening on farms now that spring is here, and I’ve been out spending time with some inspiring women farmers. I can’t wait to share their stories with you, and regular Grounded Women content will resume soon. Enjoy the blessings of your day, with a poem to help put you in that frame of…

Farm Living: Jennie Kahly Part 2

For Jennie Kahly, becoming a farmer evolved out of her desire to eat authentically. “The more I learned about food and how to grow food and how to raise animals for food,” she says “it seemed like a natural step to become a farmer after that.” You can read more about her desire to eat…

The Grand Experiment: Jennie Kahly Part 1

Jennie Kahly, along with husband Brian and two children, are in year five of a conscious decision to farm. Their farm, Possum Tail Farm in rural West Virginia, has Certified Naturally Grown status, and they raise grass-finished beef and pasture-raised turkey, chicken, and eggs. Their mission is to create an environment that is healthy for their…

How Much Can One Farm Do? Mo Moutoux Part 3

In my first post about Mo Moutoux of Moutoux Orchard, I reported that my first visit to the farm was magical. (You can read the second post here.) I felt like I was in Farm Heaven, like I had landed at the four-way intersection of Right Life, Purpose, Meaning, and Happiness, and warm thoughts like “I wonder…

The Most Honest Job: Mo Moutoux Part 2

I want to repeat a quote from Mo Moutoux of Moutoux Orchard from last week’s post : Being a farmer “feels like the most honest thing you can do. Feeding yourself and your family and your community is at its most basic. It’s a basic necessity of life. Everyone has to eat, and being in a position to…