Author Archives: thefarmlife

How to be a Better Asshole

Often my friends ask me, “Ashley. How do you do that? You just don’t seem to care about so many things! And the things you do care about, you care deeply and passionately.” I respond, “I try to be the nicest asshole ever. If someone or something is not on my “give a f**k list, […]

Repel those pesky bugs!

It’s easy to make your own bug spray. By now you have heard about the dangers of using DEET sprays. If you have not heard about that, please don’t use DEET, especially on your children. A quick bit of your own research will explain why. Instead harness the power of plants in essential oil form […]

The Mission of Food Freedom

In 2001, two months before 9/11, I swore an oath to protect our country’s freedom. And while I was not a front-line fighter, I quickly grasped the importance of freedom from both training and experience. It’s a paradox when serving in the military because on one front you are fighting for your country’s freedom, and on […]

How to Make Safer Slime

  How to make safer slime with less or no borax Last week, I had the pleasure of joining my friends at WTKR Channel 3 to demonstrate how to make safer slime. Watch the video! No matter where you find children, whether at home or at school, they are all crazy about slime! We first […]

Sauerkraut Recipe

It’s easy to learn the centuries-old practice of fermenting vegetables. Kraut is the first ferment I’d recommend to a DIY-er because it’s simple: cabbage, salt, garlic (optional), jar. As one man said after a recent class I taught — our consciousness as a society is rising; we don’t just look at calories and sugar content on […]

Our Mission

The mythologist Joseph Campbell believed that a common archetypal story roots myths (public) and dreams (private). We are called to an adventure, face a series of trials, become wiser, and then find some manner of mastery or peace. From those experiences, we find common threads in other life tapestries. The Farm Life founders have experienced life […]

Relax Through Perspective

Managing stress is the hardest to implement for 95% of people trying to regain health. If a person cannot manage their over-scheduled, hyper-stressed life, then I rarely am successful at helping her. Why? Because over-scheduled people do not make room for food preparation, sleep, exercise, and certainly not for stress management (ironic, I know).  They […]

What is Functional Medicine Farming?

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text]Why did I transition into functional medicine farming? And what the heck does functional medicine farming even mean? I am a farmer, right? How in the world is that connected or related […]