Jeepers Peepers!

Some will probably argue it, but spring is here–or at least the frogs and toads seem to think so!


For the past few weeks, our days (and especially nights) have been filled with the chirps and cricks of the “spring peepers.” I hadn’t really heard of or noticed these little ones before, but after experiencing them out here on the farmstead in such symphonic surround sound, I will forever perceive them as a sign of the season.

Just so you are aware, if you play the video below, you will certainly witness some frog-on-frog-on-frog action (viewer discretion is advised 🙂

Here is the start of a lovely biology lesson that has unfolded before us. We’ll include more pictures as the tadpoles develop.


These helixes started forming in our garden swales and really perplexed me before I took some time to look closer. Those aren’t chia seeds, folks. We’re expecting…tadpoles!20140419-203203.jpg

We couldn’t ask for a better home-education lesson for Judah. Julia and I both had what would typically be considered excellent educational experiences while growing up, but neither of us had witnessed anything like this before (note Judah’s reflection in the water)!20140419-203223.jpg

The tiniest tadpoles just after hatching.20140419-203437.jpg

Starting to beef-up.20140419-203452.jpg

In permaculture, we make use of the abundance and productivity found in the edges of systems because it is nature’s tendency to do so–this concept is made quite clear by the actions of the tadpole!20140419-203520.jpg


Here’s what these serious swimmers can do (it’s quite mesmerizing to watch):

Stay tuned. There’s more to come!


I’ve been flirting with the idea of starting a blog for years, but it just never seemed like the right time. It wasn’t so much a matter of being too busy or not having a story to tell–for some reason I just felt like I needed to wait it out…and now I know why.
With this blog we intend to unveil our lives out here on the farmstead so that others may join in on our joys, accompany us in our accomplishments, and share with us our struggles as we assemble a beacon of regenerative agriculture in the woods of Mineral, Virginia. We will post secret gluten-free and paleo family recipes, personal poetry, art, ideas in home education, thoughts on parenting, lessons in permaculture, tips on natural health, 1001 ways to use a Vitamix, and so much more. Each week you will be reading posts from me (Josh) or my lovely wife (Julia). We might have some guest contributors as well, considering that we have many friends who have a great wealth of knowledge!
However you might have found us, be it a google search or by word of mouth, you are here and we would like to welcome you to our journey here at Beacon Farmstead!