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Raising Amadeus

Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – One of the most difficult things about being Amadeus’ surrogate mother is discerning which of his troubles are actually problems and which are just the problem of Amadeus: the goat who was never supposed to be here at all. The next step – figuring out how I can help him – […]

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: After the Fires

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: After the Fires

By Terri Smith – As I write this article, the smoke still hangs in the air, giving an eerie orange tinge to the day. We have lived for over a month now in this half-light. In the distance, the smoke haze has the look of an approaching snowstorm; we would even welcome snow, but everything […]

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

Country Living | Confessions of a Farmer: Looking Towards Spring

By Terri Smith – Even though it’s still the dead of winter as I write this and we are once again in the middle of a super-cold snap, the days are getting longer, and all that wonderfully fluffy white stuff some of us love and others of us despise is helping prepare the ground for […]

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

Country Living | Raising Amadeus

By Terri Smith – Dear Reader, I hope you have even just one small corner of your own to retreat to when the world becomes overwhelming or life is wearing you down, or just because you would like a quiet moment to relax. I suppose, technically, the space I think of as my quiet corner […]

FARM & GARDEN | Talking Seeds

FARM & GARDEN | Talking Seeds

  By Terri Smith – It’s that time of year again. What time of year is that? I’m glad you asked, because it never feels believable when it arrives, but it is time to order seeds! As I write this I look out my window at the snow-covered trees and the foot or more of […]

RAISING AMADEUS

RAISING AMADEUS

By Terri Smith — As we come back around towards winter, Amadeus is becoming fluffier by the day. I love sinking my fingers into his warm, soft coat of cashmere. He loves it, too. Of all the goats, he is obviously the most interested in human attention and companionship. He comes over to be scratched whenever […]

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Everyone Wins when we Support Local

FARM & GARDEN | Confessions of a Farmer: Everyone Wins when we Support Local

By Terri Smith — I have had the most difficult time getting started on this article. I know what I want to say, but delicate phrasing isn’t exactly one of my strengths and I don’t actually want to offend anyone. It doesn’t seem like I should have such a hard time being nice when the […]

RECIPES | Zucchini Recipes from Road’s End Farm

RECIPES | Zucchini Recipes from Road’s End Farm

  Zucchini Crust Pizza Ingredients 3 cups shredded zucchini (or pattypan) 3 eggs, beaten 1/3 cup flour ½ tsp salt 2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated ½ cup onion, chopped ½ cup green pepper, julienned 1 tsp dried oregano ½ tsp dried basil 3 Tbsp grated parmesan Method In a bowl, combine zucchini and egg. Add […]

FARM & GARDEN | RAISING AMADEUS

FARM & GARDEN | RAISING AMADEUS

  By Terri Smith — Every time I go to market at least five people ask, “Where’s Amadeus?” It makes me laugh. This silly little goat has no idea what an icon he’s become. He loves his public appearances because he gets lots of petting and even more sunflower seeds. He also really does enjoy […]

COUNTRY LIVING | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | WWOOFing the World a Smaller Place

COUNTRY LIVING | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | WWOOFing the World a Smaller Place

  By Terri Smith — It was raining and 8:30 before I remembered that I hadn’t yet tucked in the garden for the night. I tried to get Curtis to come with me, but he had already showered. I looked at Amelie, happily dressed in pajamas and checking her email and then at Johanne reading […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The Good Life: Unplug and adopt a vole

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The Good Life: Unplug and adopt a vole

By Terri Smith — Like many in the Cariboo, I live out of town. About an hour out of town. I love living here. I love the silence, the wilderness, the animals, the ability to ‘get away from it all,’ just by driving home. But there are times when it’s tough to live off-grid and […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | June – August 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | June – August 2015

By Terri Smith —   “When you lose your heart, there’s no turning back. Everything’s changed I promise you that…” In case you missed it, those lines are part of the chorus to the song LeRae Haynes wrote about Amadeus and which she sang along with the women’s ukulele group and the Angel Keys children’s […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Apr /May 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Apr /May 2015

By Terri Smith —   At first light I roll out of bed and into my work clothes and head outside to take the dogs for a walk. The exercise is good for all of us, and in spite of having never been a morning person I have come to look forward to my new […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The hoarder and the minimalist

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The hoarder and the minimalist

By Terri Smith — Recycling is all well and good, but we’ve all learned by now that reducing and reusing are even better. I avoid buying products that come swaddled in layers of plastic. I never leave home without my travel mug and water bottle. When grocery shopping, I usually stick to unprocessed foods anyway—they’re […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN |

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN |

By Terri Smith — It’s taken me longer than usual to write this article. It just seems that life is a bit tougher than usual at the moment. I’m guessing many of you may be feeling the same sort of “winter blues.” Christmas month, while a wonderful time of family, friends, and food can also […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The seed catalogue quandary

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | The seed catalogue quandary

By Terri Smith — January 2009 was my first January back in Williams Lake and I was so excited and eager to be a farmer. I had behind me a whole five months experience living in a camper van on various farms around the province, as well as the time that went into the 1/3 […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Dec 2014 /Jan 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Dec 2014 /Jan 2015

  By Terri Smith — It was cold last night. We wake up to a world blanketed in snow at last. It is beautiful, but my first thought is of Amadeus. I quickly pull on long johns, wool socks, sweater, boots, toque, gloves, and scarf and even still when I walk outside the air feels […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | “Rippy” the Redneck Hippy

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | FARM & GARDEN | “Rippy” the Redneck Hippy

  By Terri Smith — It’s not easy coming up with public confessions on a regular basis. I usually sit in front of my laptop until the screen turns black trying to think of just what I’m willing to share. Today is no exception. I always try to think of things that maybe you yourself […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Reluctant Riser

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Reluctant Riser

By Terri Smith — Today we are enjoying yet another beautiful, sunny, September day. I was worried for awhile that the weather was going to skip September altogether and move right on into October. It’s nice to see the sun again, but I’ve got to admit, I’m not sad to be entering fall. It’s a […]

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Oct /Nov 2015

RAISING AMADEUS | FARM & GARDEN | Oct /Nov 2015

By Terri Smith — As Amadeus has gotten older, he has filled out somewhat. He’s looking much more like just another member of the herd now. But I hadn’t really realized that his looking like one of the herd would also lead to him to actually becoming one of the herd. You see, now that […]

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Story of Baby Goat

CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | The Story of Baby Goat

By Terri Smith — It would seem that readers miss Amadeus. I know, I know: I have said goodbye to that article half a dozen times and then started it up again, but what can I say about popular demand? Starting next issue, I will be submitting a short Amadeus article for each edition as […]

FARM & GARDEN | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | At Road’s End: Farming by Numbers

FARM & GARDEN | CONFESSIONS OF A FARMER | At Road’s End: Farming by Numbers

By Terri Smith — As spring starts to feel like it actually is just around the corner, I realize that I know a lot more now than I did at the end of last season; and thank goodness for that since the following is an only somewhat embellished account of where I was at in […]