Archive for April, 2009


We all, like sheep , went astray,

we turned, each one, to his own way;

yet Adonai laid on him

the guilt of all of us.

Though mistreated, he was submissive –

he did not open his mouth.

Like a lamb to be slaughtered,

like a sheep silent before its shearers,

he did not open his mouth. After forcible arrest and sentencing,

he was taken away;

and none of his generations protested

his being cut off from the land of the living

for the crimes of my people,

who deserved the punishment themselves.

He was given a grave among the wicked;

in his death he was with a rich man.

Although he had done no violence

and said nothing deceptive,

yet it pleased Adonai to crush him with illness,

to see if he would present himself as a guilt offering.

If he does, he will see his offspring;

and he will prolong his days;

and at his hand Adonai’s desire

will be accomplished.

After this ordeal, he will see satisfaction.

“By his knowing (pain and sacrifice),

my righteous servant makes many righteous;

it is for their sins that he suffers.

Therefore I will assign him a share with the great,

and he will divide the spoil with the mighty,

for having exposed himself to death

and being counted among the sinners,

while actually bearing the sin of many

and interceding for the offenders.”

Isaiah 53:6-12



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Farm Happenings

During my daily walk through the garden on Sunday, I noticed something that most any gardener has to deal with at some point…deer. I knew that at some point the deer would figure out where we were at but I never expected it this early.



For some reason, the deer have decided not to walk down the isles in between the rows but right down the rows themselves! It could be worse though. They could have started eating all of it. Hopefully these deer don’t like succulent fresh produce! As a short term remedy Eli and I strung some disposable pie pans across a couple of fence posts. With just a very small breeze the pie pans will hit each other and make some noise. I have had a lot of success keeping deer out of my gardens with nothing more than a few pie pans. As we get the rest of the garden planted, I plan on putting up a solar powered electric fence. The electric fence will be a more permanent fix for the deer problem. It will also look better than 100 pie pans blowing in the wind!

Speaking of fences, I have somehow managed to misplace all of the fence posts I have acumulated over the past 4 years. I have been buying a few fence posts here and there for several years so that I don’t have to run out and buy a bunch at one time. I can only assume that they have been lost in the shuffle with all of the moving we have done in the last 6 months. The gentleman who owns the place we are farming has been gracious enough to let me borrow some of his fence posts so that we could get something up around the garden. Thank the Father for good neighbors!

Most of the things we have been able to plant are all starting to come in right now. The kale and mustard greens are looking pretty good along with the onions. The mesclun though has not done as well. Some of it is coming up but not as much as I expected. The sugar snap peas should start sprouting in the next week or so if it will stop raining long enough for the sun to shine. The potatoes haven’t begun to sprout yet but should be soon.





This early in the season there really isn’t too much work that has to be done. I am kind of enjoying having the garden out but not having to work it real hard yet. I need to relish it now because in the next 45-60 days the work load will start to pick up. This just at the time my work crew size will begin to shrink. As you may know, Amy is due the end of this month with our 4th child; another little boy. So she will be out of commission about the time summer crops need to be planted. While it is going to be a lot of work, I am really looking forward to it!


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