The Sabbatical Year Garden

I realize that there are some of you that are tired of hearing about the sabbatical year. Too bad! I love it. By my reckoning I am now in the 20th day of the 3rd month of the sabbatical year of the 3rd sabbatical cycle of the 119th Jubilee cycle. ((Yes, I know there are varying opinions on this but I did the math.) So, if we are in a sabbatical year what kind of garden do I have? To answer that: one that grows on its own. A garden without planting, fertilizing, cultivation, etc. Everything in it volunteered from last year’s produce. {Lev. 25:18-19} You can eat what grows of itself or on its own but you do not harvest. You take just enough for your daily needs.

Von and I seldom get the chance to travel in the Spring because it is our busiest time because of the multiple harvests that we have and the canning and freezing, fermenting and pickling that we do. Seldom do we get a break until the 2nd week of July then we head to  New Mexico to work on our place there for the summer. This year, since it was the sabbatical year, we didn’t have all that work so we could travel and visit with family (actually friends who are part of our electronic kahal, or congregation) but they genuinely feel like family.

We traveled to Illinois and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and had a fantastic time. We arrived home on 6/9/16 and the garden was 4 feet deep, or more, in weeds. On 6/12/16 I began walking the garden looking for volunteer growth. and here is some of what I found;

Tomatoes for the sabbatical year.

Tomatoes for the sabbatical year.



The tomatoes are the original Porter variety, not the Porter Improved variety. I have successfully grown Porter tomatoes since the mid-1960’s from seed that my Uncle Shirtie gave me. You can purchase it from Willhite Seed Co. ( ) Obviously, they are open pollinated seed, a heavy producer in a wide range of soils and climates. They can and freeze well and they are a staple in our garden and diet.

The okra variety is Cowhorn (the original) and I have also grown this since the mid 60’s and I received my start from my maternal grandmother, Mammaw. She maintained a 1/4 acre garden until she was 96 years old.

Me and Mammaw just a few days ago.

I have never heard of volunteer potatoes. Have you?

I have never heard of volunteer potatoes. Have you?

The potatoes were the biggest surprise of all. These were a gold nugget variety, not sure which one and they had sat around until they began to rot so I threw them out into the garden to compost and instead of rotting they sprouted. The actual amount of potatoes that I harvested were from just 2 plants. We will only keep enough for our needs and have already given some to family.

Everything for a salad with no planting.

Everything for a salad with no planting.

As you can see in the photo above I collected enough volunteer growth for a very varied salad. We have beets and tops, a big fat juicy carrot, a hamburger red (purple) onion and Bibb lettuce. I later found some cilantro I did not even remember planting last year.

As I mentioned earlier we traveled to Illinois and visited with Kathy and Scott Kirby. Scott has a wonderful diversified farms that incorporates livestock, soybeans, corn and beehives. His livestock operations uses the Australian form of cattle grazing, which is to rotate your animals in and out of improved pasture to give the animals the benefit of the best growth but allows the land to rest every few weeks. I wish I could describe it and do it justice but we were very impressed with the thought and planning that Scott has put into his operation. I was very lucky in that I had the opportunity to help Scott, just a little bit, with his chores. Kathy showed us the area that she had set aside for a garden for next year. We were impressed with the number of trees, especially cypress, black walnuts, yellow poplars and also maples, I counted 3 varieties of maples for sure. It is hard for a native Texan to admit it but their part of Illinois was beautiful.

Kathy's wild raspberries

Kathy’s wild raspberries

These are some of the wild raspberries that Kathy harvested from her land. Also, Von and I noticed a few Poke Salat (also spelled salad) plants on their property that could be harvested for a wonderful meal of greens and cornbread. I would show you some of the wild asparagus that Kathy and Von harvested from the fence row but we ate it so quickly we forgot to take a picture of it. Oh well, it was delicious. Anyway, we had a wonderful time with Kathy and  Scott but we also traveled to UP Michigan and spent a couple of wonderful days with Matt and Susanne. We saw many kinds of crops that would already have gone to seed in Texas just then coming in. We stopped back by Scott and Kathy’s on the way back to Texas and had another chance to visit with them and their family.

I want to take this opportunity to say “Shalom” to Jenna and Chad ((Chad is a major bee guru and cares for the 16 or so hives at Scott and Kathy’s)), also Nate and Michelle and all the other wonderful family we met for the first time but hopefully not for the last.

There is no Torah against beauty as well as food.

There is no Torah against beauty as well as food.

Here you can see some of the beautiful flowers that volunteered from last year. Since YHWH created beauty as well as food there can be no Torah against the volunteer re-growth of beauty.

Day after tomorrow Von and I journey to our home in New Mexico for a recon and working trip. We will have Teddy, Jim and Brandon (Kathy’s son) with us this trip. I was hoping Matt could join us for this trip but he and his very beautiful wife Susanne will be celebrating their anniversary on the Fourth of July weekend. Perhaps Matt, and possibly Susanne, will be able to make a trip with us before the fall. We will look forward to it.

For all of you who do not have others in your life that are more important to you than the air you breathe, you have my sympathy. It is a beautiful thing.

If we have something important happen on the trip, not like that stupid, insignificant Brexit thing, I will keep you posted.










It Really is This Simple.

((Please read this in its entirety and then all of you tell me what it is about. What verse, chapter, book or part of the Bible that is referred to by this very simple play. I apologize for its simplicity but I hope that you enjoy it.))

Narrator: Mr. ben-Abraham is a successful farmer in Israel and has 3 sons and only one daughter, Dinah. In the nearby village lives Mr. ben-David, who is a respected merchant. Mr. ben-David has only one son remaining at home, Yeshayahu (Joshua). Joshua is two years older than Dinah but has been in love with her from afar for more than just a few years. Oftentimes, when Dinah and her mother and aunts come to town Joshua would step out into the street from his father’s shop to greet the ladies as they walked past and inquire whether or not they needed anything or any help with their bundles and packages. Now, Joshua goes to his father and presents his proposal for a marriage. Continue reading

Doomed to Fail??

Because of the content of many of my articles I am quite often asked if I am a member of the Hebrew Roots movement. My answer is normally, “No, but I am a believer who is interested in the proper context of the Scripture.” Some continue, most don’t, “Well, do you believe that the proper context is based in understanding Hebrew?” To this I normally answer, yes. Then someone will say, “That is what the Hebrew Roots movement is all about.” This is where I generally say, “No, it isn’t.” Mostly people just throw up there hands and walk away. Continue reading

Welcome to the Sabbatical Year of Earthquakes, Pestilences and Famines!

For those of you who keep YHWH’s calendar, Welcome to the sabbatical Year of Cycle 3! Whether you kept Abib in March or April you are now firmly in the sabbatical year. I hope that all of your preparations have been made or are nearly so. Continue reading

Prepping for the Sabbatical Year: As if you needed one more reason to prep.

(((I want to dedicate this article to Brandon, Shellie, Kathy, Philip and Nadia who have asked great questions about preparing for the Sabbatical Year. Also, I dedicate it to my little sister in the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) Sandra, whose efforts and excitement in preparing for the coming sabbatical year border on “awesome”.))) Continue reading


I just wanted to pass this along as an update to my last article about covenants.

It has become the primary thrust of the Pope and Barack Obama to push the global environmental agenda. Of all the threats we face in the summer of 2015, these two @#$%^&*  imbeciles have embarked on a supercilious environmental campaign only because it will lead to the total domination of every man, woman and child on the Earth. With all this said Fukushima is pumping out enough radiation to kill off the entire planet if something is not done soon but there is not one mention of this in the lame stream media. They (Obama, the Pope, United Nations, elite, etc.) do not care about the planet or the environment. They only care about control  and domination.



The Covenant Made With Many…It Is Not What You were Taught or Thought!

Most people in the Western world are not familiar with the idea of a covenant. There are several types of covenants but the two most common in the area now encompassing the Middle East are the salt and blood covenants. Salt is an acceptable substitute for blood and is therefore considered by many to be one in the same as a blood covenant. We see that the powerful covenant made with King David , forever, was made by means of a covenant of salt (2 Chronicles 13:5) Continue reading