Archive March 2011

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When the Earth Moves

Last week the world rocked itself to the very foundations, as the worst earthquake in recently recorded history sent its shockwaves around the world. Watching it and the devastating consequences of its rippling after-effects, reminded me of that oft-repeated phrase, “No man is an island”.   But natural disasters aside, when the ‘earth moves’ in our personal lives and everything comes crashing down around our ears, how do we cope? How does it impact those around us? Join the Mountain Farmgirl as she explores this recent world tragedy and brings it back home and personal for each one of us.  How do we cope when our world is suddenly turned upside down? Do we have a meltdown … or do we keep on marching, putting one foot in front of the other?

Getting Back to Our 'Roots'

This time of year when we find winter digging in its heels in a last-ditch attempt at being ‘winter-y’, we sometimes find ourselves responding to dietary cravings … our body’s intuitive way of getting what it needs after months of enforced hibernation. Join the Mountain Farmgirl as she gets ‘back to her roots’ to help fortify her vitamin and mineral requirements until spring’s garden greens come to the rescue.


Cathi Belcher

Cathi Belcher,
an old-fashioned farmgirl with a pioneer spirit, lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. As a “lifelong learner” in the “Live-Free-or-Die” state, she fiercely values self-reliance, independence, freedom, and fresh mountain air. Married to her childhood sweetheart of 40+ years (a few of them “uphill climbs”), she’s had plenty of time to reinvent herself. From museum curator, restaurant owner, homeschool mom/conference speaker, to post-and-beam house builder and entrepreneur, she’s also a multi-media artist, with an obsession for off-grid living and alternative housing. Cathi owns and operates a 32-room mountain lodge. Her specialty has evolved to include “hermit hospitality” at her rustic cabin in the mountains, where she offers weekend workshops of special interest to women.

“Mountains speak to my soul, and farming is an important part of my heritage. I want to pass on my love of these things to others through my writing. Living in the mountains has its own particular challenges, but I delight in turning them into opportunities from which we can all learn and grow.”

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Mountain Bounty

“Keep close to Nature’s heart ... and break clear away once in awhile to climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods, to wash your spirit clean.”
– John Muir

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