Archive September 2012

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High and Dry

In pioneer days this phrase referred to ‘where’ and ‘how’ to keep your musket and ammunition … and in her old family homestead (built in 1722) there is a little door, a cupboard really ... up near the ceiling to the left of the fieldstone fireplace built for that very purpose. But the Mountain Farmgirl isn’t talking about black powder here. She’s ‘high’ for another reason, and it’s all happenin’ right in her kitchen! Come find out why in "High and Dry" …

A Walk to Remember

Farmgirls everywhere know that “Freedom Isn’t Free” … it has a price. On September 11, 2001 we all discovered just how precious – and fragile – this freedom can be. In a spontaneous act of solidarity, all Americans – regardless of political affiliation – came together as a nation after the tragedy that touched every single one of us. Join the Mountain Farmgirl as she takes part in this year’s 9/11 Freedom march in A Walk to Remember….

Humdinger of a Crop

The Mountain Farmgirl has been enjoying her gardens all summer, but her best crop of all doesn’t have leaves, it has wings! Come take flight in the fun that’s been buzzing in her backyard this season as she shares a Humdinger of a Crop …
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