Tag Archives: Burns farm

Man’s best friend

FB Mom & Girl2

They say that dogs are “man’s best friend”. And people talk about the relationship between man and dog, but unless you’ve actually experienced that connection it’s really impossible to comprehend just what it means. I’ve been around dogs all my life–my family had a dog when I was growing up, and then when we embarked on our own life together,… Read more »

Like the pioneers

Samantha Burns   August 19, 2014   Comments Off on Like the pioneers
using livestock to reclaim this old farm

We could have bought a homestead better suited to farming, better set up–some New England style farmhouse with an attached barn, or a garage with an outbuilding we could convert into a shed for the livestock.  Perhaps it would have had a sprawling pasture, an established garden however humble it may be, and a berry patch. It would have been… Read more »

Market garden in progress

Samantha Burns   June 9, 2014   Comments Off on Market garden in progress
Onions 2014

My farmers’ tan is a testament to the amount of time I’ve been spending in the market garden lately, working long hours in the sun and in drizzling rain to get crops in the ground.  It’s an on-going process, and there’s also successive sowings to think about–and the fall crops to keep in mind. So far I’ve managed to get… Read more »

Welcome Willow!

willow runamuk's new dog

This week we added the first of many new animals to our growing farm–Willow the livestock guardian dog! Willow is a great pyrenees/anatolian shepherd cross. The Great Pyrenees breed–or the Pyrenean Mountain Dog is an old breed that has been used by shepherds for hundreds of years.  Developed in southern France and northern Spain where the steep mountain slopes required… Read more »

What is the driving force behind the Runamuk farm?

conservation driving runamuk

“What a hideous plant!  Isn’t it terrific!?” “Oh my gawd–check out this spider!  Look at all those long legs!” These are not exclamations of repulsion, but terms of endearment uttered by myself and our family.  We truly love nature.  To us the Earth is a marvel; there is beauty in even the ugliest of plants, the homeliest of animals–even rocks… Read more »

Gearing up for spring; planning Runamuk’s farm expansion

planning for a tractor

Mother Nature brought us a whopping 12-14 inches of snow last week, forcing me to postpone the first class of bee-school, and while I’m sure we’ll get more snow between now and then, the first day of spring is just 6 weeks away now.  Here at Runamuk, Keith and I are gearing up for the rush of the growing season. … Read more »

Bringing back the Runamuk CSA

green sprouting calabrese broccoli

I’m really excited to announce that this year, Runamuk will be reinstating it’s CSA! Some of my followers might remember our CSA program from 2012–which I put on hold during 2013 in the face of our impending move.  I learned a lot about farming and business that year, and we will carry those lessons with us as we move forward… Read more »

Carpe Diem: 2014; Moving forward with our farm expansion

solstice gifts from santa

We’re finally moved in at the new homestead and the family is settling back into our familiar routines.  With my kitchen unpacked, I am at long last able to get back to my typical Sunday baking habit–admittedly, homemaking (cooking, baking, cleaning, etc.) is not my most favorite of activities, but baking my own breads really seems to make a place… Read more »

Runamuk is finally going home!

runamuk apiary_dec 2013

There were times when the obstacles seemed insurmountable, times when I all but despaired of ever reaching my goal–when the dream of returning to the forested hillside where I found my salvation appeared forever out of reach; but I am finally able to say that yesterday, Friday, December 13th of this year 2013–we met with the lawyer handling our real… Read more »

Hooray! A new well!

well-drilling

It’s strange that something so trivial as a well being drilled on our property should bring such excitement–but it does.  The first time we lived at this property we did not have a fancy drilled well–or plumbing at all for that matter.  We made use of one of the old dug wells on the farm and hoisted water up out… Read more »

The arrival of the new homestead at Runamuk

moving the trailer into place

On Wednesday the new mobile home was brought in to Runamuk. Here she is sitting in the driveway while the Ames crew does some last minute site-prep. This is what the mobile home company designed to be the back of the home, but I decided it will be the front of our home–mainly because it has a kitchen window that… Read more »

Getting underway for the big move

heavy equipment at Runamuk

The word came early this morning that our new trailer had arrived at the Ames Mobile Home Center in Canaan, and the Ames’ crew were bound for our farm-site with equipment and machinery.  Barely able to contain ourselves we drove out to meet them. When we arrived we were greeted by the sight of heavy equipment, a welcome change after… Read more »

A Thanksgiving Homecoming!

forest path

At the start of the year I’d deemed 2013 the “Year of the House”.  I do that…give a theme to each year, and a word to live by.  I pick a handful of very specific goals for the year–not a resolution, but–improvements of my person or my life, goals that I want to accomplish, and the word and theme that… Read more »

Longing for home…

forested path

We lived there once before…did I ever mention that? The site of the Runamuk farm of tomorrow.  My blog was known then as The Scientific Homeschool, and I was raising babies in the woods without plumbing.  I put together the “Chronological History of the World Unit-Studies for Secular Homeschoolers” (yeah-say that 3 times fast!) –so important was it to me… Read more »

The Year of the House

runamuk logo

It’s been just over two weeks since we went back to the bank to formally apply for our construction loan. Back in March we were pre-qualified for an $85k construction loan, and we’ve been busy gathering all of the necessary estimates and documents together so that we could finalize the loan.  When we met with bank representative Jack Ducharme at… Read more »

Carpe diem: Monday’s Musings

phineas & ferb

It may seem juvenile, but I don’t care–I am a huge fan of Disney’s Phineas & Ferb. I think even if I weren’t a mother the show would appeal to me with it’s free promotion of creativity and optimism, not to mention the fact that every episode has at least one song. I love musicals–it’s a guilty indulgence of mine… Read more »

Farm-site progress report

It’s long process when you’re building your farm from the ground up. I knew this when we chose this route–we could have bought an established homestead with less hassle that would have given us a jump on our farming ambitions. But with land in the family that we are historically tied to, leaving Burns Road just was not an option. … Read more »

1st beehive moved to the new farm-site!

It was a family affair yesterday morning as we moved the first of our hives to what will soon be the new home of the Runamuk farm.  Currently we have a total of 6 hives.  4 reside at Medicine Hill, an organic farm in Starks–just 6 miles away, and 2 have been happily situated in our backyard here at the… Read more »

Boundary marking ritual

The day came at last when Keith and I could go out to the old Burns farm to mark out our 50 acres and we were bubbling with enthusiasm and excitement.  We’ve been together since our senior year of high school, some fifteen years–married for nearly thirteen of them–and building this old farm up to its former glory has always… Read more »