A New Respect for Food

When we visited a friend recently, I needed to look in their refrigerator for some milk. Their fridge was stuffed with bottles, cartons, bowls of food with and without plastic wrap, plastic storage containers, and just unwrapped loose food items sitting on the shelf. I had a moment of déjà vu as I realized that’s […]


A Radial Arm Saw Is a Good Thing To Have

My radial arm saw is large, rusty, and ugly. It’s now more than 35 years old, a gift from my friends at Southern Living when I left there to work for Parisian. Most of the time it sits high atop the pallet rack out of the way, next to the barbecue grill that I use […]


The New Chicken Tractor is Basically Finished!

I had no idea it would take this long, but the new chicken tractor that has been the focus of my work for the past couple of weeks is complete, and the girls are asleep in their new home tonight. I was excited to use pocket screws to build it, because the pocket screws allowed […]


Let’s Hear It For Under-Building

I wish I were a better tractor driver. Actually, I’m better than I was. It’s been a while, for example, since I hit even a glancing blow on one of the posts while pulling into and out of the pole barn. But I’m nowhere near good enough. Here’s the latest: on Saturday afternoon while bush […]


Podcast #272 – Here Comes Spring!

What do farming and retail have in common? You’ve always got one eye on next season. Yes, it’s cold outside as January comes to an end, but we’re thinking ahead to the vegetables we’ll be planting as the weather warms up.


Podcast #271 – A Few More Longleafs Every Year

We love longleaf pines. We love the soothing sound of a gentle breeze rustling through a longleaf stand; we love that they do most of their early growing below ground where it counts; and we love that they live many times longer than other pine trees in the south.


Podcast #270 – The Gritty Realities of Heating with Wood

We’ll continue to be glad we heat with wood here at Longleaf Breeze. It’s reliable, it’s cheap, it warms us more deeply than a heat pump ever could, and we just love the aesthetics of it. But – yeah, you knew there was a but coming . . .