About Sheree

Change Catalyst, Idea Explorer, Dot-Connector, Square Peg

Bird Choreography & Rock-n-Roll

I have never guffawed but this had me guffawing. This is why I'm fascinated by nature. Go Bird: Post by 2Day FM. … [Read more...]

What Does ‘Ben Franklin’ Signify To You as the Blog Name?

Effective branding?

For some people—starting with me—the words “health, wealth and wisdom” conjure up the image of Benjamin Franklin publishing proverbs of common-sense wisdom in Poor Richard’s Almanack. Early to bed, early to rise, makes a [wo]man healthy, wealthy and wise. Some folks (many?) probably don’t make the connection between Ben Franklin and health, wealth and wisdom. Health, wealth and wisdom. I … [Read more...]

Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat pancakes with straweberries and blueberries

I have had a fixation on buckwheat pancakes for as long as I can remember but, for most of my life, buckwheat was a rare delicacy. It was just a few years ago that buckwheat became more readily available and I was able to start indulging my craving for buckwheat on a regular basis. Last year, I grew some buckwheat of my own, but ended up saving the seeds to plant again this year. Needless to … [Read more...]

How to Prepare French Green Beans

Sauteed haricot verts Tavera French heirloom green bean

This year I planted the Tavera variety of haricot verts, French stringless green beans. The plan is to have enough to sell, but the seeds planted at the farm were mostly washed away in an April deluge. About half a row is left there, while I have about 20 plants in my backyard garden, which have just started to produce. Yesterday, I gathered about half a pound and prepared them by blanching, … [Read more...]

019 Shinecast – Vermont’s Bread & Butter Farm

Bread and Butter Farm sign Shelburne South Burlington Vermont

Episode 019 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with Corie Pierce, co-owner of Bread & Butter Farm near Burlington, Vermont. Corie talks about how she came to love farming as a teenager, even though no one in her family was a farmer, and how she set out to make farming her life's mission. Bread & Butter Farm is a small-but-diversified sustainable farm in … [Read more...]

017 Shinecast – Snow’s Bend Farm

David Snow of Snow's Bend Farm at Pepper Place Saturday Market

Episode 017 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with David Snow of Snow's Bend Farm in Coker, Alabama. Snow's Bend Farm is one of Alabama's premiere sustainable farms. David and Margaret Ann have a thriving CSA program and supply produce to some of the nation's leading farm-to-table restaurants Although David doesn't name the restaurants, I know that Snow's Bend Farm … [Read more...]

Shinecast 016: Skye Borden Returns to the Land

Episode 016 of the Shine Springs Farm Shinecast features an interview with Skye Borden and her quest to grow and raise most of her family's food. Skye, an environmental lawyer/writer and her husband returned to their home state of Alabama 2 years ago after living in Vermont for several years. Check out her story here (or download via iTunes and doubleTwist).     … [Read more...]

How to Shine

discover inspire grow shine

The quickest route to the top of the mountain, to the place where you can truly shine, requires three steps: You must be willing to explore so you can discover your true purpose and calling. You must find inspiration and be an inspiration to others. Through exploration, discovery and inspiration you'll grow. Without growth, we become stagnant. Like an unused muscle, we experience … [Read more...]

Changes Coming to The Ben Franklin Follies

Sheree Martin June 2012

For the past two months I've spent a lot of time exploring ways that I can make The Ben Franklin Follies more useful to you. I've finally settled on a revamped focus, so over the next few weeks you'll be noticing some changes. Here's a quick video preview:   In addition to the regular text posts, I'll be adding more video to the mix. The goal is to make The Ben Franklin … [Read more...]

The Care and Feeding of Heffalumps

Winnie-the-Pooh Book on Table

The tale of "Piglet Meets A Heffalump," in Winnie-the-Pooh is replete with wisdom about human behavior, particularly in the face of our tendency to fear what we don't recognize or understand and our desire to hold on to what we have out of fear of loss or a mindset based on scarcity. I think some of our greatest insights can come from simple stories—like this one. Here's a recap, if you've … [Read more...]