A New Day

Hello dear reader!

These past two months have felt like four. Lots of ups and downs through the winter time. The good news is that we are fast coming out of the cold season into the long Ozark warm season. The honeybees are out, searching for potential new nests. I saw one of their scouts fight a spider while I was relaxing at Sunnyside:

That honeybee just kept going up to the spider until a complete stalemate was reached. I took this as a sign that it was time to put up a couple swarm traps and try to capture some honeybees. There are more than a couple experienced people on the farm thinking on the honeybee hive situation for the year, which is super exciting!


Signs of Spring are plenty. One of the first crocus flowers of the year was spotted by Hedge, just behind Fanshen.

Pexter and his big pile of fertility… thanks for shoveling shit!

Each of these pictures has a story to tell. The above one’s story is pretty simple: our friend Pexter wanted some pictures taken for his profile. He keeps his soshmed (social media) on level. You can see where most of that pile of manure came from here (cow manure is a top notch soil amendment):

Happy cow means happy manure means happy greens means happy lettuce eaters.

Some pictures don’t need much explanation, here is the final fall carrot harvest with PT and Richard:

So many carrot!

Above you can see yours truly trying out our new Jang mechanical seeder to plant lettuce. Joseph, a most magical faerie, diligently and lovingly hand seeded one row to give a comparison. I don’t know why, but the legend of John Henry comes to mind. This is a precision machine and I’m happy with our initial results. The spring carrots will be the first real test, hopefully less thinning this year.

We have four new little pigs on the farm. Butchering season is ongoing with the larger pigs and cows. Farm bacon and farm eggs each morning is a mighty fine breakfast. The forestry crew has been down at The Yurt, helping out Richard get his new home established.

Richard chainsawing at his personal shelter, The Yurt. This was today! Feb. 19, 2019

I am going to be directing less and less energy to this blog and the East Wind Community channel for sometime. Other things in my Life need more attention. I have really enjoyed writing this blog for the past two years or so. One of my initial goals with redoing East Wind’s website and restarting the community blog was to attract people to come check out East Wind. Well, that is happening and I live with so many wonderful, loving people right now. Seeing your intentions become reality by committing yourself to being something different is an incredible experience.

I truly hope you have enjoyed reading my blogs. No doubt, I will post more here, but I want to make it apparent that this blog will no longer be an obligation of mine (I set a goal to put something out each month, I average one every six weeks probably). This is where you pick up and I fade into the background. This is how a proper hand off begins, by making your intentions known. 2019 will be a great year. =)

East Wind celebrates Imbolc, 2019. What a Beautiful Day.

P.S. If you don’t know already, I have put out a number of videos on the “East Wind Community” channel on YouTube. For the most self indulgent video, you can click here. And here are the rest of the most recent:

Richard, the Ent
2018 Dairy Overview
Milking Cows in a Community Scale Dairy
Cheesemaking with Liuda

Post and pictures by Pinetree (Sumner)


  1. I’m just descovering your blog, it’s ironic that it’s when you’re going to stop posting so much. Thank you for your time and effort. Your idea of attracting more people is probably doing it’s work with me. It would be a great pleasure if I could visit your community this summer…

    • Oh, I’ll be around and there will be more posts, just not as regularly most likely. Someone else will pick up the torch at some point. Hell yea, make it happen and come check it out!

  2. This is just awesome! Now if we can just get the rest of the world to follow suit. To live in a world with no hate and tremendous love..Makes me get watery

    • Haha! I don’t know this ‘we’ you speak of and I have no desire to make the world do anything. Love and hate are realities of our world. I’ve spent too much time indulging hatred and the desire to control in my life. I choose to cultivate Love and that is enough for me.

      Thanks for the support! =)

      • Hey Sumner, just coming to see your blogs as well. The “visit page” is on the website? My wife and i would be interested to visit, see how things are is this a commune or a community of like minded individuals, who have a stake in the land?

  3. Aaron Hollenbeck

    I’m single father, a seeker, a builder, a thinker, and so on… I’ve had a hard time fitting in with mainstream society and I think my son deserves more of what the world has to offer. Color me curious. But maybe we could visit?

    • Yes, visiting certainly is possible. How well you and your son mesh with the existing families will be important as far as becoming a member. There is a thirteen year old boy here and then four children under the age of five. You can read our ‘Visit Us’ page and then email our membership team to get the process started. We are always in need of skilled and industrious builders!

  4. (1/2 jokingly) in another-dimension way, ?am i a honeybee? are you all trying to catch me?

    • Your posts made me miss EW alot, Sumner. I wanted to drop by, but I’ve basically become a full time caretaker. Things might get better… eventually. Thank you for writing these updates. They always brightened my day even when I didn’t think anything could.

      • Craig! Is that you? You have always been a full time caretaker! I could only fault you for caring too intensely at times. 😉 Where are you now?

        • Yes, it’s me. It’s difficult to write about. When my mom asked me to leave Seattle and return to Mississippi to help take care of her, she was not understating things. I had a few projects for awhile but things are bad and have been bad for a long time now. Dunno what else to say that wouldnt be going on at length about unpleasant things. Thanks for asking and expressing fondness, I’m glad you and EW seem to be doing well.

          • Super good to hear from you, man. Hope to see you again someday. All the Best to you and yours.

  5. I really enjoy your blogs and YouTube videos.
    Very heartfelt and honest.

    I lived in EW in the 70’s. Had red hair and glasses and a big beard and milked cows in the morning.
    I am a (very) amateur birder.
    So it’s a bit of a déjà vu

    Thanks for keeping us posted on life at EW !

    • Wow! Brother!! Good to hear from you. Your Spirit lives in this Land. Thanks for holding it down in the Early Years!

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