Where Traditional Practices & Folkways Endure

Author David & Barbara Umling

David and Barbara Umling retired after 30+year professional careers to operate a small, homestead farm in northern Pendleton County, WV, near the small village of Upper Tract. They have a son, Michael, who lives and works in Berkeley Springs, WV.

Notice To Our Readers

As you may realize from recent posts, we have experienced many technical difficulties with our satellite Internet service. These issues have made it impossible for me to reliably place posts on our farm website. Since we lack the technical expertise… Continue Reading →


Since we began working to build our house in 2009, we have seen more than twenty species of birds on our farm, from bald eagles, hawks, and buzzards down to the smallest of all, the hummingbird.  Our earliest neighbor, Maynard… Continue Reading →

The West Virginia Farm Museum

Once again, I must apologize for the delay in placing this post on our website.  Our Internet service failed once again, and it took us two weeks and three scheduled service appointments to get it repaired.  Now that we are… Continue Reading →

Oh Deer

Since last Sunday afternoon (July 18), we have enjoyed an extended spell of beautiful pleasant days with low humidity and comfortable warmth.  It has been a welcome respite from the prior week of typical summer heat and humidity, especially considering… Continue Reading →

Farm Training

About two weeks ago, we received a call from a gentleman who wanted to visit our farm and learn what we are doing.  His wife had discovered our farm website on the Internet, and he was seeking guidance on how… Continue Reading →


In 1989, the West Virginia Turnpike authority issued a $143 million bond to fund tourism and economic development projects along the Turnpike which follows the Interstate 77 corridor from the southern border of the state to its terminus in Charleston…. Continue Reading →


It’s been hot and humid for an extended period of time this July, with only a few scattered days of low humidity and pleasant temperatures.  Our highest temperature of the year thus far was 93 degrees on July 6.  If… Continue Reading →

Our Fourth of July…Turkey?

Happy Independence Day to all our loyal followers!  Our own July Fourth celebration began on Saturday evening (July 3), when we visited the Bargers and their family and friends at their Petersburg house to watch the city’s annual fireworks display… Continue Reading →

Norwich’s Dairy Farm Plight

I began my morning yesterday with my typical routine of checking e-mails, the weather forecast, and the local news.  One of the Internet news sources I peruse on most days is the WCAX-TV website in Burlington, VT, as it was… Continue Reading →

We All Scream for Ice Cream

“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”  As children growing up on a small family dairy farm, we often chanted this old limerick when we wanted our father to make some homemade ice cream.  He would break… Continue Reading →

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