Category: Stories

Playgroup 2020/2021

If you are interested in possibly joining the playgroup a year from now, please contact me to set up a visit.

The playgroup is open to six kids age two – also a little younger, or a little older – starting in the Fall of 2020. You would visit now to secure a space for next year.

We would love to meet you!


I loved my time at Judy’s Playgroup. I’m 32 and my best friends are still from there! It’s a community, creative loving and engaged. I feel so lucky.

  • Lena Dunham, Class of 1989

Quill Pig Farm

My daughter, Sara, and her husband, Doni, have created a wonderful life on a farm in Plainfield, Vermont.  They raise beautiful and healthy pigs, primarily, and have the meat humanely processed.  They sell their delicious products in Vermont, also delivering to Manhattan and Brooklyn once a month.    

This may seem shamelessly self- and family-promoting (I guess it really is), but suffice to say I am immensely proud of them and their pure intention to be honest and trustworthy business people.  

When Sara was little, she wanted to someday live in the country.  She has certainly fulfilled that dream, and then some! 

The name “quill pig” is a folkloric name for porcupine, no doubt because it looks to be very much part of the swine family, but with quills.  Doni found a dead one on the property a few years back, looked into the origin of the name, and together with Sara, decided that was the absolute perfect name for their farm.  

Last summer I stopped the car on a back road, and my granddaughter, Audrey, and I watched in awe this prehistoric-looking creature lumber down the road, stopping from time to time to raise its quills upward.  As quickly as it could, it scrambled into the woods.  I learned later that porcupines don’t propel their quills when threatened, but simply release them into those unlucky enough to be in contact with them.  Indigenous people would throw a blanket over them, and the quills would release into the blanket.  They would then be used for decoration.  Brilliant!

If you want to learn more about the farm, please go to

Playgroup 2019/2020

Next year I will have one playgroup with three boys and three girls, that meets on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9:30 to 1:30, for the school year (September to June).  Kids should be around the age of two in September of 2019.

I am putting together next year’s playgroup now, and would love to hear from you.  You can leave a note on the contact page and I’ll get back to you.

Be well and have fun!!