Ghost Fawn Podcast

Building a Homestead from Scratch in Connecticut's Quiet Corner

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Episode 21 – Farming & Planting Folklore

When I was little, I loved, loved, loved the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.  One of my favorite things about the books were the pages and pages of endnotes, giving the pedigree of each story.  My love affair with folklore could be traced back to those books and the tradition of storytelling they carried on.  When we moved out to the farm, and Ken heard the old timers at the local diner talking about how they were reading the signs of that early spring and confidently predicting a bumper crop of all things that summer, I was fascinated.  What signs were they reading?  Could I learn to read them too?

From there, it was a short hop to farming & planting folklore, and this episode.

Dr. Frank Brown’s decade-long study of lunar phases on the moon can be found here.

The Thun Effect is discussed here.

Peter Muise’s blog: New England Folklore can be found here, and his book, Legends and Lore of the North Shore, can be found here.

A newspaper article on miraculous, “immortal” Good Friday eggs is here.

Another take on the “12 Days of Christmas/Weather for Months” folklore is here.

The two bits of folklore that we’ll be monitoring this year are the peepers, and their first appearance vis a vis the number of freezes following, and  the one about if the sun shines while it’s raining, it’ll rain the next day at the same time.  Stay tuned for results!


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Your CSA – Our CSA

So after milking our Christmas break for alllllll we could, we’re back with a whole new episode.  We’re playing around with a new format, so excuse the dust.

Cattail roots- you really can eat them!  Here’s a recipe for cattail casserole.  And dandelions-as-food are covered musically in our episode with Doug Elliot.

Barry Estabrook’s Tomatoland (not an affiliate link)

Slavery in the Thai fishing industry

A turnip recipe that looks delicious, for my ma (found on Pinterest, natch).

And a beet recipe, because my ma tells me we should eat our beets.

Find a CSA in your area, using the supremely helpful Local Harvest

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Episode 19 – Doug Elliot Conversation


We are so excited to share this episode with you all.  We just love Doug Elliott around here, and we hope that after it’s over, you will too.  And if not, at least you’ll have fun listening to me get all fan girly.

Meet Doug here, in this nice video produced by UNCTV

Doug leading a foraging workshop, part one here, part two here.

Doug’s blog is here.  The article about fairy potatoes is here.

Online map to free, wild food is here.

A recipe for dandelion salve.

Doug’s online store is here.

Want to download Doug’s work as MP3s?  You can do that here.

A huge thank you to Doug Elliott, for allowing us to use his songs on this episode.  Featured were “Root Blues” and “Ain’t No Bugs on Me”, both from the album Bound for Carolina: A Musical Journey Celebrating the Plants, Animals, and People of the Southeast, available for purchase here.


We’re giving away a copy of Doug Elliott’s CD Raccoons and Possums.  To enter, you need to do two easy things.

  1. Leave us a ranking and review on either iTunes or Stitcher.
  2. Send us an email at to let us know that you did it, so we know how to contact you if you win.

That’s it!  Entries need to be in by December 18th, 2015.  We’ll draw the winner and send you out your CD, hopefully in time for any holiday road trips you may be taking.

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Episode Eighteen – Homestead Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!  Join us this week for a lighthearted helping of stories, memories, and apologies for Thanksgivings past, as well as some goal setting for next year’s feast.  Here’s to a beautiful year passed, and hope for more good things to come.


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Episode 17 – Rosie Hill Conversation

Are “farm birth stories” and thing?  I don’t mean, like, giving birth on a farm (though those would certainly be rad.  I can’t wait until Suzie the Goat gives birth here on the farm, but I digress).  I mean stories about the journey people took to decide to make that jump and move out to a farm.

If it’s not a thing currently, it is now.  We talk this week with Rosie Hill, and she tells us the story about her family leaving D.C. behind and buying a farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

You can follow Rosie’s adventures at her blog, A Blog For My Mom.


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Episode 16: Daniel Stewart and World Hunger Relief, Inc.

This week, while catching our first whiff of colder weather, we interview Daniel Stewart, who left a steady job in Florida, sold most of his possessions, and moved with his wife and their three young children to a teaching farm in Texas.


Links mentioned in the show:

The Norwegian attitude toward winter.

The Greenhorns.

World Hunger Relief, Inc.

Daniel Stewart on Facebook

On Instagram

On his blog

Haley Stewart’s description of the composting toilets.


Episode 15 – October in Review

Another month gone, another review episode.  This week, we talk about everything we accomplished in October, from killing frosts to fisher cats.

If you missed our Halloween episode, you can listen to it here.

If you missed the Potager Garden episode, you can listen to it here.

Calypso beans can be seen here.

Vermont Cranberry beans are here.

Fisher Cats:

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Fisher cats attack humans!  It’s true!

People, these things HUNT PORCUPINE.  Think about THAT.

Ghost Fawn Homestead post on how to put up 140 lbs. of apples without losing your mind is here.

I can’t take a picture of the finished kitchen wall right now, because I’m busy processing the tomatoes (more on that later), and the kitchen is a WRECK.  Here’s my parents hard at work halfway through:

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Cari on Fountains of Carrots

Our episode on the Catholic Exchange podcast hasn’t been published yet, but check back here when it is.

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Episode 13 – The Zombie Episode

A huge thank you to our friend Michael Lichens, editor at Catholic Exchange, for being our redshirt.


Episode 14 – Tour de Potager (Garden)

This week’s episode will make more sense if you click on over to the homestead’s website to take the tour de potager.  The link will open up in another window, so if you’re listening from this site, the show won’t stop.

The Greenhorns are here.  Lots of great stuff to read up on.

The guy and his deer fence made of fishing line here.

Stark Bros. nursery is here.

Episode 12 – Reader Questions & Giveaway Winners!

This week is our first ever Readers’ Questions episode, and y’all had some great ones.  But first- giveaway winners!  We’ll be contacting you via email; congratulations winners!

$50 St. Clare Seeds gift certificate: Bonnie

$25 Murray McMurray gift certificate: Amy

“Saving Seeds” book: Elena

Planting guide: Heidi

Seed saving envelopes: Rosie

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