“When anybody asks, 'What are you writing about now?' if I try to reply, the book-in-the-works sounds so idiotic to me that I think, 'Why am I trying to write that puerile junk?' So now I give up; if I could talk about it, I wouldn't have to write it."
- Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet



Saturday, September 27, 2008

Almost a year ago, my sweet geek of a husband and I finally realized our long-time dream when we built our home on a six-acre lot in the country. Now we are dreaming of what we will do with all this glorious space that surrounds us. He wants a volleyball court, a swimming pool, a hot tub, a waterfall and a stream; I want a gigantic garden, flowers and paths and trees, and I very much want some animals – maybe a cow, or some sheep, or maybe goats. We’re still working out the details.

Well, Misty and Andrew, a geek couple who traded in their city life in California for a farm in rural Indiana, have gotten a lot of those details worked out already. On their farm they have a huge garden with veggies of so many kinds I haven’t even heard of some of them; and animals including goats for milk, sheep for wool, ducks for eggs, bees for honey, and rabbits and turkeys for meat – if I’m not missing anything.

Basically, they are living the life I want to live, and they do it all while still working full-time “geek jobs”. Oh yeah – and they podcast it.

Geek.Farm.Life is the first podcast I ever downloaded onto my iPod Nano. I would set iTunes to download as many episodes as possible every Friday night while we sat and ate dinner at the local wi-fi equipped restaurant. It took a while, but eventually I got through them all, and I have loved every minute of it.

Misty and Andrew cover a wide variety of topics from harvesting honey to making soap from scratch; from using goat’s milk and keeping it fresh to making mead (or was it beer? – maybe both); the equipment they use for recording their podcast to their vacation in New Zealand and the wool spinners they met there. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

And then there’s the Farm Phone. The Farm Phone is more than just a listener call-in line. It’s an icon. The Farm Phone – well, it rocks. Every week they play listener’s calls, answer questions, and comment on anecdotes submitted in the calls. The Farm Phone turns what would otherwise be a one-way show into a delightful conversation between the podcasters and the listeners.

I love Geek.Farm.Life, and if you enjoy animals, gardening, fiber arts, country living, beekeeping, or geek stuff – either directly or vicariously through others’ experiences – I think you’d enjoy this podcast too.

You can find the Geek.Farm.Life podcast at iTunes by typing in "", or on their own website at



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