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I’m an opportunivore…

I am documenting a year in the life at DaVero Winery, and documenting life includes documenting death. But this is the best kind of death: death of a life that was farm raised in the fresh air and warm sun, on organically grown leftovers, humanely slaughtered and artfully butchered, only to be thoughtfully cooked and served to conscientious consumers.

If you know me then you know that I am a big time animal lover. So watching an animal lose its life is not easy for me. But I do eat occasionally eat meat. I call myself an opportunivore… which basically means that I am a lazy eater and I will eat what I am served. But if I could have my choice, I would only eat meat that was raised and butchered this way. Because this is as good as it gets for an animal destined for the dinner plate. And what a healthier world it would be if we all ate meat that was raised and butchered by such ethical and humane standards.

Dirtbag Wine Country Living…

Arann Harris and the Farm Band, Sam Chase and Marty O’Reilly were supposed to play at the Mystic Theater tonight…paigegreenFarmConcert050215-044

But as it turned out, the venue double booked the night and so they canceled the show.

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At first my husband was crushed.

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But then we started brainstorming…

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Where else could they play in Petaluma?

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We wanted somewhere authentic.

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Somewhere people would naturally want to be.

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We went through a long list of potential options, but we always came back to the farm.

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And after experiencing the pure joy and love (as my three year old put it) that happened today…

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It makes you wonder why…paigegreenFarmConcert050215-014

Arann Harris and The Farm Band would ever want to play anywhere else. paigegreenFarmConcert050215-038

Which is why I am urging him to host more concerts for other musicians on a regular basis.

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It’d be like Prairie Home Companion meets Dirt Bag Wine Country Living

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And he’d be like Garrison Keillor, but with a bloody nose… definitely not for everyone, but definitely authentic.

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All those in favor of more farm concerts please send your vote to Arann Harris now:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arann-Harris-and-The-Farm-Band/182690278460478?fref=ts

Happy 2015: Once in a Lifetime…

Well, it’s that time of year again…paigegreen2014paigegreenAOCSF082014-017-1

Meaning it’s time to dig through the memories of last year…

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Pull out the highlights…

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And make big plans for the coming year…

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Thing is, I have been chasing big plans for the past 15 years…

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Finding a job turned into building a career…

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Six years of saying, “my boyfriend Arann,” turned into five years of saying, “my husband Arann…”

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One great dog love was lost and another amazing dog love was found…

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Paying the rent turned into paying the mortgage…

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And two people became four…

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So now that all the important life boxes have been checked…

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I have a lot of brain space that is available for rent…

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But instead of searching for the next big thing…

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I would rather slow life down…

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And celebrate how amazing things are right now…

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Because the most important lesson I learned from 2014…

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Is that life does not always go as you planned…

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And it all can change so fast without any warning

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So in 2015, I am looking for more of this…

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paigegreen2014paigegreenAnna110514-050And less of this…

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Because hopefully there will be more harvests…

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More clothes…

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And more weddings…paigepageDaniAdam092014-0579

 

But these two will only be like this…

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Once in a Lifetime.

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So Happy 2015 (five days late.) Here is to a year of no big plans.

 

 

 

 

My new home studio…

If you move enough furniture and hang up a black sheet in my living room, you get this…

fibershed120714And if you take down that sheet, and add a cute baby, you get this…

fibershed-allyI am very slowly (10 years in to this career) realizing why people have studios.

paigegreenFibershed120714-0410Just think… no commute, no schlepping stuff, predictable light all the time… sounds pretty dreamy.

paigegreenFibershed120714-0449What do you think, 2015, could it be time?

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All of the beautiful clothes and accessories featured here were created by the talented Fibershed community. Look for these products and more on the Fibershed Marketplace.

544A5318Huge thanks to everyone who made this photo shoot happen… especially Tessa Watson, Debbie Wilson, Dan K, Lindsay Riddell, and all the baby holders… I couldn’t have done it without you.

Not the week to give up sugar…

And thank goodness I never would… blackjetbakingcoNot as long as Gillian Shaw (of Black Jet Baking Company) is sharing her baking talent with the world.

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It was a fun day with a fun crew. Big thanks to Tessa Watson and Debbie Wilson for helping make this delicious day happen… a photo shoot with chocolate is my favorite kind of photo shoot.

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To purchase your own yummy Black Jet treats click here: https://www.goodeggs.com/blackjet

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Holy November…

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Ever wonder what 16 photo shoots in 12 different cities in 22 days looks like…

paigegreenRoseKahn110214-083 November 2nd: (9 am) Oakland with this lovely family.

paigegreenDaVero110414-0155November 2nd: (1 pm) Healdsburg at the DaVero Olive Harvest.

paigegreenEducationOutside110414-0186November 4th: San Francisco with Education Outside.

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paigegreenEdwinTammara110714-080November 7th: Petaluma documenting nine months.

paigegreenTauni110814-022November 8th: (10 am) Petaluma with this lovely family.

paigegreenTai110814-123November 8th: (4 pm) Point Richmond with this lovely family.

paigegreenRebekah110914-108November 9th: Berkeley with this lovely family.

aocNovember 13th: San Francisco head shots with AOC.

paigegreenFibershed111514-027November 15th: Point Reyes Station at the Fibershed Wool Symposium.

paigegreenBigFlip-Robyn111614-279November 16th: Seattle with The Big Flip.

emilyNovember 17th: Petaluma with this very special high school senior.

christmastreeNovember 18th: Healdsburg for the upcoming Christmas Tree book.

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November 19th: Portland with The Big Flip.

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November 22nd: LA with The Big Flip.

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November 23rd: LA and our very last photo shoot with The Big Flip.

544A7363And (after all the editing) this is what I hope November 24th-27th looks like, and for that I am very, very thankful. Happy Week of Thanks, everyone!

Why Not Home…

When I was pregnant with Harper and we were trying to decide where he was going to be born, we asked ourselves, “Why not home?”

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It wasn’t because I had something to prove. Or because I hate hospitals or drugs… in fact I spent so much of my childhood longing to go to the hospital.

Instead it was because I am a private person and I liked the idea of having a small intimate team of people who I knew and trusted. I believed going to the hospital meant crossing your fingers and hoping you got a good team, or many good teams, as often women labor through hospital shift changes.

I figured Why Not Home because I was healthy, he was healthy, we live close to a hospital, should we need it… so why not try.

After all, I helped sheep give birth when we were living at the farm. And I watched “The Business of Being Born” and I figured if Ricki Lake could do it, so could I.

And I did.

It was long, hard, messy and terribly painful, thanks to back labor and an 8.15oz baby. But it made me feel strong and proud to be a woman… and the double chocolate milkshake in my own bed was pretty wonderful too.

After having a home birth, I know it is not the best option for everyone. But I was glad that it was an option for me.

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And then Number Two came along.

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When people asked if I was going to have another home birth, I told them I was going to have a scheduled C-section. I was mostly joking but kind of serious.

My back labor was so bad with Harper, deciding where to have our second child was a very hard decision to make. I talked to lots of people and cried lots of tears over that decision.

It was a hard decision because I had to choose one or the other. It was a hard decision because I live in a community that encourages natural child birth and to admit you want drugs is frowned upon. It was a hard decision because if I chose a home birth, but couldn’t do it then I knew I would have to pay twice… for the midwife and for the hospital.

But ultimately I figured I had done it once, so I could do it again. And so for a second time we said, Why Not Home.

And for a second time, I gave it my best shot at home. But this baby was turned the wrong way and things were not progressing. After 7 hours of very intense back labor pain, I knew I didn’t have what it took to have that baby at home… so I made the decision to go to the hospital.

I do not regret that decision for one second.

We live in a town with a small lovely hospital and the team on duty that day could not have been better. We had two hospital midwives who completely understood our position and supported our vision. But they also gave me the pain relief I needed to make it through labor with a directionally challenged 10.2lbs baby.

IMG_7029Having had two different babies in two different ways… I support the documentary project “Why Not Home.”paigegreenAOC91414-012

“Why not Home” tells the stories of doctors, nurses, and midwives who have attended hundreds of hospital births, yet chose to have their children at home.

They are encouraging an honest dialog about childbirth. They want women to have all the information necessary to decide where to have their baby based on what is best for them and not based on the pressures of their community or based on what is best for their insurance company (Harper’s birth cost $4,500. Alistair’s birth cost over $35,000… we had to pay $10,000.)

I am supporting this documentary because having a baby is hard enough, deciding where to have your baby should not be a hard decision. I want hospitals to support home birth midwives and home birth midwives to support hospitals. For the health of women, babies and our community we all need to work together.

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Please visit “Why Not Home” to learn more about the documentary and to find out how you can support the documentary too.

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