How Can I Pitch In? (Volume 6) EGG CARTONS!

People are always asking how they can get involved and help out at the farm.  Right now, one way to do that is to save your used egg cartons (ones you buy from NOMAD Farms or recycle your grocery store cartons with us).  Our laying hens are goin' at it at this time of year, so we need your recycled cartons to put them in...there are enough egg cartons going into land fills that we shouldn't have to buy them and pass the charge on to our customers.  Repurpose those babies!

Bring your empty egg cartons by the Log Cabin Farm Store when you come here to shop or take a tour.  Or bring them to us at the Cobblestone Farmers Market each Saturday or church or wherever you are likely to see us.  We prefer the clear plastic ones like the ones you see in the picture above, but we will take cardboard ones as well.  No styrofoam, please.

Other things to bring to help out: paper bags from the grocery store (we use them to let our customers take purchases home in), compostable material (clean, please--no wrappers or meat chunks!  We can't take time to separate garbage), or a chunk of a perennial garden plant or flower for beautifying our wood lines and beds (dig up a shovel full of a split hosta or lily or hydrangea and bring it in a plastic pot or bag).  

This is a team effort !  We want to share the beauty of this place with you, and every contribution from our patrons is a win for sustainable agriculture.

Holy Kisses. Ten-Years-in-Tibet, 52.7

Yesterday we had the privilege of joining the Elderberries Class for a luncheon at our church.  Mark was the speaker so Ellis and I went to listen and fellowship with the older-souls.  A certain scene keeps repeating.  A white haired gentleman beckoned ten year old Ellis over to where he was seated at the dining table.  Without solicitation Ellis gazed in his eyes not two inches from his face.  I thought she was going to kiss him but then she gave him a tight hug.  The look of sheer delight on his face while Ellis was holding his neck.  That's where the ten second clip ends and then replays.  Incidentally the following pictures have been flashing on our screen saver for the last couple of weeks.  One of them appeared a few minutes ago and that was my prompt to write this blog.  No need to search the picture archives.  I'm just going to call this holy kisses and leave it at that. We lived across the street from an old folks home.  We got to know ...

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This is Love! Ten-Years-in-Tibet 52.6

Take the money and run? Yes, it's a Lunar New Year tradition to shower kids with red envelopes (like Valentines) containing crisp bills.  During the fifteen day celebration every host and adult party guest comes with a pocket-full of stuffed envelopes or loose cash to bestow on the little ones as they appear.  We noted this tradition from our first year and prepared ourselves to imitate.  This haul was at midnight on New Year's Eve, celebrating at the home of our close, like-family friends.  David had been awakened just before the countdown.  And this is before we found out that you are supposed to wear brand new, unstained clothing, symbolic for "all things new."  Hahahaha! With every passing year we learned more about the intricacies of bestowing the gift.  Just because someone gives big bucks to one child and not to another isn't necessarily a measure of affection for the child or representation of how much he has to spend.  There may be unspoken expectations of ...

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Take the Money and Run! Ten-Years-in-Tibet 52.5

Start the one week count down to Tibetan Lunar New Year!  February 8th is fast approaching so  take this picture of Ellis as a teaser for what comes next!


While in the USA there is a certain sigh and new year calm when January gets underway, in our old hometown on the Tibetan Plateau things are just revving up for the Lunar New Year Festival.  For weeks before the holiday every household prepares - cleaning the dung burning (or if you are a townie, electric) stove, smudged windows, and dirty-dirt floors.  Traditional cooking for hours and days (special dishes like chicken feet, pig head, varieties of fish if you're Chinese and yak and lamb-meat dumplings if you are Tibetan).  Shopping for or making the one new outfit each man, woman, and child will don for the year.  Everything must be new including your underwear if you can afford to buy.

Seeing. Ten-Years-in-Tibet, 52.4

I just can’t.  I can’t do this.  Every Sunday morning I get lost in pictures.  I know you understand this phenomenon.  When you start looking and an hour passes and suddenly you realize you have had no idea where you are in the present because you are somewhere lost in the past.  It’s not much for me to confess that I have cried every time I choose a picture for this blog.  “Not much” because I cry for a lot of things.  But I can’t choose just one picture anymore.  It’s not fair to the stories I want to tell in images.  One photo can’t say the same thing as two or three.  Or this time as I give up on choosing a single picture for the week – I am blowing it BIG and adding photos galore.  After all, who made this rule that I can only choose one photo per week?  Yeah, I did.  So I am breaking my own regimen and I’ll probably do it again.  And again.  And this man, “aYungBu ...

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Ho-Hum Day. Ten-Years-in-Tibet, 52.3

We lived a few kilometers from the northern shore of the largest salt water lake in China.  Every fall it freezes solid so that you can drive a car across the surface.  In late spring it melts so that by summertime you can swim in it if you dare (still cold-cold water).  Inspired by this morning's snow blanket covering NOMAD Farms (kids disappeared to sled at breaking dawn), this is a photo from from a ho-hum afternoon on the other side of the world.  On the far right is Bowen, Scottie, David, & Ellis' Tibetan brother, "DD" (November 2012).  

Playmates. Ten-Years-in-Tibet, 52.2

As I select the second photo I realize a resolution to post one picture a week is more ambitious than I imagined.  This morning I am overwhelmed by thousands of pictures from the Tibetan Plateau, each one a part of a decade-long story.  I could make a picture book to portray highs and lows, miracles and tragedies but I can hardly choose ONE picture for every week.  I look at the photos and marvel that we were actually there with naked eyes and watched it all unfold in living color.   This picture was taken in February of 2006 on our first scouting trip to the wilderness town where God paved the way for us to move a few months later.  Little did we know that Ellis would grow up with the fellow six month old boy she is meeting here and that the great grandpa who is introducing them would become a beloved friend.  This could be first in a time line of pictures showing these two children together.  Notice how Dorjee has a rope tied round his waist - this is the standard guard ra ...

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Dung Stove. Ten-Years-in-Tibet, 52.1

Dana's Resolution: to more integrate our life among Nomads on the Tibetan Plateau with our life here at NOMAD Farms by sifting through and describing one picture for display every week.  Duration: one year /  fifty-two weeks.


Lambing season.  I love this image for the dung burning stove and feeding prep in the background.  There were always some livestock abandoned by their sheep (or goat) moms and the Tibetans gathered in and bottle fed them through infancy.

New stock of fresh pasture raised beef at NOMAD!

Hurry to the NOMAD Farms Log Cabin Store and stock up on fresh, no-nonsense pasture raised beef today!  We just got it back from the butcher, and this is absolutely the most beautiful, delicious grass fed beef you will ever taste.  And the best part?  It was raised with integrity right here on the chemical-free meadows of NOMAD Farms.  Did you see the cover story in Consumer Reports this month on the dangers of grocery store beef?  It's not worth the risk, folks, plain and simple.

Healthy living can't be separated from healthy eating, guys.  The good news is that eating good-for-you NOMAD meat products is a mouth watering pleasure!


Also in stock: we just got a beautiful lamb back from the butcher and expect to have a whole pork available by cut in the farm store by the end of next week, too.  Thanksgiving turkeys and coming soon and free range eggs are in plenty.  And, of course, the Log Cabin Store is well stocked with our much-heralded pasture raised chicken--have you tried one of these things?!?  They are outrageously good, and full of nutrition to boot.  With our current special (buy 8 get one FREE!) people are stocking up for the winter months.  These chickens are raised on grass, and when it turns brown next month we have to stop raising chickens until spring 2016.  Don't get caught having to go back to grocery store chicken (or better than that, going without chicken) until spring.  Put a few in your freezer this week!


Farm Camp Registration is Open!

Hi! I’m Ruthann, the new Education and PR Specialist at NOMAD, and am looking forward to invaluable learning and using my gifts and experience to further the mission of NOMAD Farms.  I have loved all the rain this week, as it does its work in soaking the pastures and garden, and then inviting me to curl up with hot tea in the evening. We are excited to tell you about the first NOMAD Farms Summer Camp.  This year’s camp is June 22-26, 9 am - 2 pm, for children ages 6-12.  We have limited space, so please include a $50 deposit with registration to reserve your spot. You can print/scan/email or use a stamp and the post box to register.  Come prepared to get dirty, work hard, play hard, enjoy and care for the land!

Click this link to download the Registration form.pdf

If you are interested in volunteering as a helper (ages 13 and up), download the Volunteer Sign-up form.pdf


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  1. Re: An Eye-Opening Comparison

    good post

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  2. Re: NOMAD Farms Chicken has a New Look

    "Pastured Poultry" I love it! Continued best wishes to you guys.

    -- DC

  3. Re: An Eye-Opening Comparison

    Wow thank you for sharing this comparison. Very eye opening and disturbing!!!!!!!

    -- Tina

  4. Re: Why Does NOMAD Charge $18 per Chicken?

    Great article, Dana! You really broke things down well!

    -- Denys