Freelance Farmer Chick

Farming and writing my way around the world

August 12, 2016
by Lisa Munniksma
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Hike Like a Woman

Hiking in Vikos Gorge, Greece. Photo by Anna Ellis.

Hiking in Vikos Gorge, Greece. Photo by Anna Ellis.

This year looks so different than any other year I’ve had. Farm life in Kentucky looks different, my friend set is different (and absolutely perfect), my free time is different (what free time?), and my writing life is definitely different. New this month: I’ve been selected to be an ambassador for Hike Like a Woman, a website and Facebook community for women on the trail. Continue Reading →

November 23, 2015
by Lisa Munniksma
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Farm Farewell

I wasn't always outside in time for sunrise, but I was greatly rewarded every time I made the effort to see it.

I wasn’t always outside in time for sunrise, but I was greatly rewarded every time I made the effort to see it.

You know that feeling you get when you spend time at a place and you really connect to that place but you know it’s time to leave that place? I got that feeling this year. I also got the feeling that I might be going back to that place at some point, and that made leaving much easier. Continue Reading →

January 29, 2015
by Lisa Munniksma
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February 2015 Workshops

My winter road trip is not just a bundle of fun (but it is that, too!). I am still working, after all. Among my projects is a series of three workshops for the Growing Hope Initiative at Grimal Grove, a nonprofit urban farm in Big Pine Key, Fl., in February. If you attend all three, you receive a discount. A portion of each admission fee goes to the Growing Hope Initiative! Workshops will be limited to 20 attendees, so please consider preregistering with me (info below).

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January 13, 2015
by Lisa Munniksma
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I Live in a Tree

If I must be specific, I don’t exactly live in a tree. It’s a treehouse in a Live Oak tree. I’m volunteering at an artist retreat in Florida, and I had my choice of staying in a bus, which I’ve also never done, or living here, and I chose here because … it’s a treehouse. Continue Reading →

January 6, 2015
by Lisa Munniksma
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That Side of History

Just like a typical person’s “vacation” doesn’t involve sleeping in unheated/unair-conditioned accommodations, hard physical labor or getting lost in a place where you don’t speak the language, eagerly heading off to places highlighting some of the worst of humanity doesn’t often top the list. Granted, I’m not on “vacation,” rather I’m taking a three-month road trip–a winter break from farming in Kentucky–to see the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S. and volunteer on farms in Florida. It just so happens that two museums highlighting two horrific human acts are located in my travel path, and so I had to go. Continue Reading →