Grain Finds a New Home

In which we discover - through equal parts cogitation and magic - our new home. But we need your help.

Grain Finds a New Home

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By now, you may be aware that Grain has been asked to leave - quite promptly - our home of over a decade here at Sidehill Farm. As shocking and sudden as that news was, we have no right to complain because - truth is - we've been spoiled by having the most amazing home we could imagine, with the most generous and fun-loving landlords we could ever hope to have.

In the short time-frame we've been boxed into (less than four months from notice to departure) one thing has become clear: we can't possibly find a place to rent that will allow even a fraction of the liberties we've enjoyed at Sidehill Farm. So, though it's difficult to whine too loudly given the great decade we've had on the farm, it's still quite unnerving to contemplate the purchase of a property that can nurture not only us, but the many hundreds of our friends that will know us in part by their experience of our physical "place" over the next decade.

Can't Complain...
(but soft whimpering will be tolerated)

Brad Anderson

by BRAD

The Universe Provides.


Does it? Really? I've never been confident that the "universe" was doing much more than expanding, and I've always been pretty sure that it wasn't investing much in my small, debilitating crop of anxieties. But ever since Dave Rastovich literally proved to me that it does, and in the intervening years, as Grain has had minor-miracles actually walk right through our front door just as we needed them, I have to say that the bulwark of my rationality is now sprinkled with the stardust of possibility.

OK. I feel better now that I've said that out loud. But there are higher stakes here than the theoretical limits of my world-view... will our sudden eviction from our beloved farm turn out to be an overpowering force that no amount of love, and friendship and community can overcome? Will we even find a place that offers us not only the stability we know we need (and clearly didn't have with our rented property)? Can we find a home that will give us the freedom to do things we could never do on a remote farm and still have the flexibility to allow us to create the sustainability campus we've always imagined?

Tinkerer's Dream


On one hand, we've benefited from our careful design of everything we do, and yet also have been supported by the random blessings of the "universe" that fall into our laps. So we've learned that navigating challenging times with forethought... relies on a little magic as well.

In this case, after reading all the signs, bringing the full weight of our analytical left-brains to bear, and also fully admitting into evidence the inferences of our right-brains, we're pumped to think that we've found a new home. We're really excited about how much flexibility it'll provide us as we tinker and engineer it into a place that will make the best Grain that we can offer you.

As New England craftsmen - the vision of this place fully built-out is not only clear to see and entirely do-able, but also a project that's super-fun to think about. And the magic? This spot is just a half-mile from the beach, and is on the last large tract of farmland in the neighborhood. It's owned by some very close friends who are generously helping us to make this transition possible.

But we'll need your help too... support the project at our Indiegogo campaign if you want to help, and stay tuned to this blog as well as our Facebook and Instagram feeds for new details as we have them. And THANKS for seeing what we see!


By now, you may be aware that Grain has been asked to leave - quite promptly - our home of over a decade here at Sidehill Farm. As shocking and sudden as that news was, we have no right to complain because - truth is - we've been spoiled by having the most amazing home we could imagine, with the most generous and fun-loving landlords we could ever hope to have.

In the short time-frame we've been boxed into (less than four months from notice to departure) one thing has become clear: we can't possibly find a place to rent that will allow even a fraction of the liberties we've enjoyed at Sidehill Farm. So, though it's difficult to whine too loudly given the great decade we've had on the farm, it's still quite unnerving to contemplate the purchase of a property that can nurture not only us, but the many hundreds of our friends that will know us in part by their experience of our physical "place" over the next decade.

Can't Complain...
(but soft whimpering will be tolerated)

Brad Anderson

by BRAD

The Universe Provides.


Does it? Really? I've never been confident that the "universe" was doing much more than expanding, and I've always been pretty sure that it wasn't investing much in my small, debilitating crop of anxieties. But ever since Dave Rastovich literally proved to me that it does, and in the intervening years, as Grain has had minor-miracles actually walk right through our front door just as we needed them, I have to say that the bulwark of my rationality is now sprinkled with the stardust of possibility.

OK. I feel better now that I've said that out loud. But there are higher stakes here than the theoretical limits of my world-view... will our sudden eviction from our beloved farm turn out to be an overpowering force that no amount of love, and friendship and community can overcome? Will we even find a place that offers us not only the stability we know we need (and clearly didn't have with our rented property)? Can we find a home that will give us the freedom to do things we could never do on a remote farm and still have the flexibility to allow us to create the sustainability campus we've always imagined?

Tinkerer's Dream


On one hand, we've benefited from our careful design of everything we do, and yet also have been supported by the random blessings of the "universe" that fall into our laps. So we've learned that navigating challenging times with forethought... relies on a little magic as well.

In this case, after reading all the signs, bringing the full weight of our analytical left-brains to bear, and also fully admitting into evidence the inferences of our right-brains, we're pumped to think that we've found a new home. We're really excited about how much flexibility it'll provide us as we tinker and engineer it into a place that will make the best Grain that we can offer you.

As New England craftsmen - the vision of this place fully built-out is not only clear to see and entirely do-able, but also a project that's super-fun to think about. And the magic? This spot is just a half-mile from the beach, and is on the last large tract of farmland in the neighborhood. It's owned by some very close friends who are generously helping us to make this transition possible.

But we'll need your help too... support the project at our Indiegogo campaign if you want to help, and stay tuned to this blog as well as our Facebook and Instagram feeds for new details as we have them. And THANKS for seeing what we see!