We have 15 chickens right now in our flock. I have a variety of breeds, most bought at my local feed store. I have 2 Australorpes, a Buff Orpington, 3 Rhode Island Reds, 2 Americanas, 2 Barred Rocks, and 5 Freedom Rangers including my 2 roosters. The Rhodies, Rocks and Rangers were bought because they are considered to be dual purpose birds (meaning they provide … Continue reading the story "Planning for Chicks"
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The holidays are past and it is time for me to get back to work. We had a very busy holiday season. Our home was invaded by loved ones. For Thanksgiving six of our family members came for ten days and another four for just the weekend. We also had several friends over for the day, bringing the total of people who ate here to 32, … Continue reading the story "New Year, Fresh Ideas"
It seems there is some force in the universe that knows we are trying to do this farming thing. Not to say we are all that well prepared for it, but it is the end goal of our property. Part of farming, in my mind, is critters. We want several kinds; goats, horses, rabbits, turkey, etc. to go along with the chickens and ducks we … Continue reading the story "Another Critter"
This past weekend I had the good fortune to make a neighborly connection at the Farmer’s Market in town. I was there peddling some tasty jams and jellies and doing a bit of socializing with the other vendors about their wares. It turned out that a family member of one had far more pears than they knew what to do with. This was fortuitous for … Continue reading the story "Waste not, want not…"
My life is very home-centered. I have been a stay at home mom since 2007, with the birth of our second daughter, and that time has brought my attention to minute details of what comes into and what leaves my home. Always concerned with health and environmental issues, I became obsessed with making certain that only the best came into my home and that I … Continue reading the story "Considering where we are in homesteading…"
I have heard it said that a gardener grows fruits and vegetables and a farmer sells the same. I would add that a gardener often shares much of what they grow. I have been having a bit of an identity crisis as to which category I wanted to be a part in. I love to grow things. Whether it is over winter and I am starting seeds … Continue reading the story "Gardener or Farmer"
We’re going to have a new dinner on the menu, tonight. King snake on the grill. So, I believe in eating from our land, but I am also a proponent for leaving nature alone. There must be an exception, however, and this snake found it. He or she was found entering our chicken coop searching for a meal. Had we simply moved it away from the … Continue reading the story "Snake on the Grill"