Christmas In Little Berlin
Christmas In Berlin
We settled in a small farming town about a year after moving back to the US. First we lived in an apartment in Arlington, but this was the life we wanted. So when Dr. Farmer Moomin, got a job, we moved…. We left the big city, and moved to the town that marks not just the center point of MA, but to the town at the center point of all of NE. Little Berlin, is a town of about 2000-3000 people, so about 700 families. It is a small place. But the people are warm and welcoming. And you can’t hope for more helpful neighbors than other farmers. Specifically the ones who unlike us have been farming for generations…. We thrive here on the advice of our local community.
Mr.Wheeler giving hay rides with his tractor in the town center for Christmas In Berlin.
This little town, is the historic heart of NE, it reminds me a bit of a more rural version of Star’s Hollow, the town from the Gilmore Girls, tv show. Lot’s of interesting and kind old school farming types…. Our town meetings can slay sometimes they are that funny…. And most years there is a tree lighting, the historical society does some stuff, usually a display of some sort on a historic aspect of Christmas, or Winter. They set up in the old town hall. The local church does contests for kids specifically gingerbread houses.
Berlin MA Historical Society Christmas Display.
Little Berlin, may be just off the beaten path, but not far. A one horse town, it is small with a general store, a church in the center, and the old 1870s town hall. Nearby is a community center…. And that is basically town. The bell still tolls when someone dies…. Much of our police and fire departments are volunteer. And inside the old 1870s town hall you will find the old manicles from the old lock up, and pictures of the men who went to fight the Civil War.
Berlin, is a lovely one horse New England Town.
Civil War Wall. If they came back they came back changed.
For all it’s history, and smallness, this place is just… Special and we are working on making it feel like home, especially during the holiday.
Thank you for checking out Christmas in Berlin
Amanda of Wildflower Farm
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Wildflower Farm, is a small New England homestead, B&B and AirBnB, in the Baystate. We came out here 7 years ago, when we returned from the better part of 10 years as peripatetic aristotelian nomads, for my husband's post docs. Upon our return, we had a plan. We had a lovely home. Everything was so clear. Then, I got sick. Things I used to eat all the time during our travels elsewhere in the world and even here before I left almost 10 years earlier made me ill. It took a couple trips to the ER and a trip to specialist... It became clear, something had changed in the way food is processed in this country since last I lived here. Some off label things was inevitably going to be my demise.
My husband and I looked around to see the clear path we were on, had exploded in front of us. We decided we had to create a new path for ourselves. We put children on hold. We found a small piece of land with a house we loved in a rural suburb in a right to farm area. I began researching how to do it ourselves. Grow it ourselves, make it ourselves, survive on our own as much as possible. We bought the property, and began plotting a new course. One that didn't involve off label chemicals. Closer to nature, with a lot more DIY, gardens, and animals for the products they provide. We created a life we loved though it hasn't always been easy and has of course come with compromise with each other, and even with ourselves.
Our family thought we had lost our minds. What were we doing leaving the city? We had no idea how hard this would be. They thought we would be back in 6 months. That was over 7 years ago, now. We have been making it work. They were not wrong, it isn't easy. But has anything worth doing ever been easy? And for us, avoiding as much store bought food as possible was simply necessary so I could live given how sick I was getting.
Then Covid hit.... We were lucky to have this place. It has allowed us a lot less need for public use territories which has kept us a lot safer and spared us much of the risk others face daily. This place, has given us a privilege through this of great meaning to us. To be of use in a difficult time. We have been able to help friends family and even strangers in need when things couldn't be found on store shelves. Or money was tight due to not working, rent being due and a child at home, or some other draining situation. We are so very grateful to have been able to not be helpless like so much of society through this miserable time. Our families, got used to it some time ago, us being out here. They made peace with it the day there was no bread and they had to ask me for some. Or when fresh vegies were rotten due to supply chain issues but they could find plenty in my garden.
Wildflower Farm, was a place I dreamed of. One of those sweet pastoral dreams a city dweller grows up knowing will never come true, that became unavoidable when I became ill. I never expected to get to do this. I never thought I had what it takes to make this work. I have learned pacing myself is important, compromise is critical, hard work never ends, burn out is real so breaks are just a necessary evil.
We are not fully self sufficient, but we work hard in that direction as we create a new path through life for ourselves, always reaching to do even more ourselves and to get closer to the ideal we envision. We are however far more self sufficient than many in this world. 7 years in, we continue to learn and grow in this homesteading lifestyle. We welcome comments and advice and ideas and questions.
We welcome visitors from all over to our home with strict covid policies in place. We spend our time learning to live all over again in a more environmental and sustainable way though even there we are far from perfect always learning and growing doing better as we know better.
This little homestead farm is a magical place named for the New England wildflowers that grow all around. A place where a physicist, watches the night sky on clear nights with the aide of mirror and glass, and a woman, works endlessly in the gardens, the kitchen, and a variety of projects to create and to keep a very unique life style running and functioning. Wildflower Farm, has become so much more than simply a piece of land we can grow a few vegetables on. The longer I spend here, the more alive the land seems, the more I learn about it's function and the more meaning it has. My place in the universe and the next steps on our new path become ever more clear.
We welcome you on this journey with us.