Something to be Thankful for… Renovation Update

November 26th, 2014
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Big Red Barn: The barn has been completely and beautifully re-sided and repaired.

Big Red Barn: The barn has been completely and beautifully re-sided and repaired. Next up are new garage doors for the front, which we hope will be in by New Years.

There is so much to be thankful for this time of year — and even though the painters weren’t able to get the whole house painted before the onset of cold and snow, we are extremely thankful for the beautiful job that Rich Exterior Solutions did siding and repairing the outside of our barn and back of the backhouse. We’re not all the way there yet with all the renovations we were planning, there is still a bunch to do on the house, windows on the barn to repair, new garage doors to install, and the rest of the painting will have to wait until warming spring temps. But we’ve got some bright new colors on the outside of the farm to warm our spirits through the coming winter.  Happy Thanksgiving!

The backhouse and little house and porch are painted and looking great.

The backhouse and little house and porch are painted and looking great.

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The front of the big house will have to wait until spring for it’s coat of paint

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No more asphalt shingles on the back and side of the barn!

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The view from the back — looking good!

 

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The back of the backhouse — new shakes and a new slider!

 

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Repairing some rot around the back porch — soon a new kitchen window will appear here, too!

The goats still have their view, and some nice siding work around the barn cellar.

The goats still have their window to look out, and some nice siding work down below around the entrance to the barn cellar.

 

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A Welcome Renovation

October 10th, 2014
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The front of the Ten Apple Barn readied for new siding

The front of the Ten Apple Barn readied for new siding

Our 113-year-old farmhouse and attached barn finally crossed the line from weatherbeaten to eyesore. Maybe they crossed that line a while ago, but now we’re doing something about it! Rich Exterior Solutions did such an amazing job roofing the barn after the wind damage of Hurricane Sandy that we’re having them reside, paint, and install new, environmentally sound windows–including a big bay overlooking the garden. We’re looking forward to our first winter without indoor snowdrifts. Very exciting times on the farm–we’ll update weekly with a progress report!

Stripping the barn

Stripping the barn

The naked backhouse

The naked backhouse

Ladders only get so high

Ladders only get so high

So they brought in a cherry picker.

So they brought in a cherry picker.

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Which the chickens thoroughly enjoy…

 

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Common Ground Fair 2014

September 26th, 2014
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Our organic girls!

Our organic girls!

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Poor Old Maple Tree

September 13th, 2014
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Charlotte and Bea (and chicken) stand by the penultimate branch of our dear old maple. Later this fall we'll most likely have to take down the rest of this tree that has stood watch at the bottom of our back steps for years and years.

Charlotte and Bea (and chicken) stand by the penultimate branch of our dear old maple. Later this fall we’ll most likely have to take down the rest of this tree that has stood watch at the bottom of our back steps for years and years.

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A site that will soon only to be seen on this website: The maple will soon be gone, and barn that will soon be re-sided, and a house that will soon be re-painted.

 

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Goat Hikes are Back!

May 7th, 2014
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We’ll be heading out on a goat hike through the Ten Apple woods this Saturday, May 10, leaving the barn around 11am. The hike consists of an approximately 1.5-2 mile loop through the woods on generally well maintained trails. There is some steep terrain. Children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by an adult. Along the way we’ll talk about goats as pack animals and you’ll learn a thing or two about raising and caring for goats. After the hike you’ll be able to try some goat milk and some of our Ten Apple Farm goat cheese. $10 per adult, $5 for kids. Minimum: 6 people; Maximum: 15 people. Contact us to RSVP.

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Signs of Spring

March 20th, 2014
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Margaret feeds Toka's new buckling, first kid of the Spring.

Margaret feeds Toka’s new buckling, first kid of the Spring.

It’s been pretty cold this week, and we got fresh snow last night, but there are signs of spring all over the farm. The sap is running and there’s a pot simmering on the wood stove. The fig tree, brought in for winter, is starting to bud in the cellar. The biggest sign that spring has arrived are the new goat kids bleating away for their bottles of milk in a big cardboard box in the “back house.” Two goats have kidded, and two to go. Toka gave birth to a boy and a girl early Sunday morning, and last night (at midnight!) Flyrod gave birth to a boy and a girl, as well. After several months of no milking, our hands are sore, but glad to be getting back into the rhythm of the season. The sun is out today and the snow is melting. It won’t be too long before these kids (goat and human) are running around on green grass.

 

Box of Kids: Toka's and Flyrod's kids hang out in their cardboard box in the backhouse.

Box of Kids: Toka’s and Flyrod’s kids hang out in their cardboard box in the back house.

Sadie meets the new buckling

Sadie meets the new buckling

Charlotte shows off Toka's doeling, born Sunday

Charlotte shows off Toka’s doeling, born Sunday

Charlotte introduces Toka's doeling to Uncle Godfrey

Charlotte introduces Toka’s doeling to Uncle Godfrey

Bea and Charlotte inspect the sap buckets

Another sign of Spring: Bea and Charlotte inspect the sap buckets

 

 

 

 

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W. Stephen Hathaway, 1945-2013

December 26th, 2013
"Grampa Steve" with Charlotte, Sadie, Margaret and Beatrice, Hanukkah 2013
“Grampa Steve” with Charlotte, Sadie, Margaret and Beatrice, Hanukkah 2013

We mourn the passing of Steve Hathaway, Margaret’s father, who died Thursday, December 26, after a week of hospice care in our home. His final illness was not prolonged, and he passed peacefully and without pain. Margaret was holding his hand when he died.

As many of you know, Steve’s health had been declining over the past few months. We’re all sad and exhausted, but so thankful to have had this time with him. He made it to Christmas, which he was thrilled to be able to celebrate with the girls, and he went gently and surrounded by love. His spirit and generous heart will be greatly missed.

W. Stephen Hathaway was born in Tucson, Arizona, on June 5, 1945. He was the eldest of five children, and was raised in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Steve attended Michigan State University, and served in the Peace Corps in Trinidad and as a translator in Vietnam before earning his MFA at Bowling Green State University. There he met his (former) wife, Jeanine, and the two moved to Wichita, where they joined the English department, and where their daughter Margaret was born.

Steve taught creative writing and American literature at WSU from 1974-2012, where he was a beloved teacher, mentor, and friend. His infectious chuckle and colorful language rang through the halls of the English department for decades. The recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Steve spent a sabbatical year in Cambridge, England, in 1982. His collection of short stories, A Kind of Redemption, was published by LSU Press in 1991.

A committed Democrat, Steve ran for state legislature in Kansas twice, dotting his heavily Republican district with signs that read “Who is this Steve Hathaway?” (Needless to say, he lost.) An enthusiastic outdoorsman, Steve hiked, camped and fished throughout the West. Retiring in 2012, Steve bought a house in the woods in Maine, on property near his family at Ten Apple Farm. He spent his last year and a half tramping around his woods, bumbling around L.L. Bean, and reluctantly helping with farm chores–tales of his duck herding and skunk trapping have already passed into family lore. Happily, Maine provided a Republican governor for him to curse.

Mostly, Grampa Steve doted on his granddaughters, driving on school field trips, teaching the girls to fish and ride their bikes, hosting family movie nights, and becoming a fixture at gymnastics, ballet, and Girl Scouts. His final illness was swift, and he stayed himself to the end, warming himself by the wood stove, sneaking candy to the girls, orchestrating Christmas dinner, and rereading Nabokov’s Speak, Memory in the days leading up to his passing. At his request, there will not be a funeral, but we are planning to celebrate his life at a Festival of Steve, at his home, in early June. Donations in his memory can be made to Wichita’s public radio station, KMUW, and to Levey Day School in Portland, Maine.

KMUW
3317 E 17th St. N.
Wichita, KS  67208
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Levey Day School
400 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME  04103

View a gallery of Steve through the years on the Ten Apple Farm Facebook page

We invite you to share stories of Steve in the comments section.

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My Garden – A Poem By Charlotte

November 17th, 2013
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The girls and our final apple harvest for the season

The girls and our final apple harvest for the season

As we continue to wind the farm down for winter, picking the last apples and digging up the last potatoes, Charlotte wrote this poem in her home writing journal. It’s a combination of non-fiction and fiction, she points out. The “fiction” is contained in the last line.

My Garden
My Garden grows
in summer
not winter fall
or spring
when plants die
it’s a bummer
but I remember
just one thing
the plants were
so delicious we
cooked them
in a meal
they were also
so nutritious we
cooked them
with an eel
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Grampa Steve lends a hand digging potatoes

Grampa Steve lends a hand digging potatoes

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Bea’s Haunted Barn

October 31st, 2013
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A witch (Beatrice) stirs her cauldron while horned beasts watch inside the Ten Apple Farm haunted barn

A witch (Beatrice) stirs her bubbling cauldron while horned beasts watch inside the Ten Apple Farm haunted barn

A celebration of both Halloween and Bea’s half-birthday, a scary and fun time was had by all at the first annual Ten Apple Farm haunted barn party. The party featured tours of the spooked out barn filled with ghosts, witches, bats, skeletons, cackling chickens and horrible horned monsters (ok, just the goats); bobbing for apples, and a delicious eyeball and worm cake. We’re already planning next year’s barn.

Bea and friends...

Bea and friends...

Bobbing for apples

Bobbing for apples

Half a cake for a half birthday!

Half a cake for a half birthday!

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Last Harvest of the Year

October 26th, 2013
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Sadie shows off a green bean she picked before the first hard freeze of the season. Other than some potatoes still hiding in the ground, this marked the end of our garden harvest.

Sadie shows off a green bean she picked before the first hard freeze of the season. Other than some potatoes still hiding in the ground, this marked the end of our garden harvest.

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