Planning for Chicks

Posted on: February 6th, 2014 by
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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 [Read the full story …]


Frugal February

Posted on: February 3rd, 2014 by
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A little more than a week ago my family and I began our (second) annual Frugal February practices. If you have not heard of Frugal February I will give my explanation, which maybe different than others.  I was introduced to this concept in December of 2012 via an online article.  Essentially the author purported the [Read the full story …]


Spring Planting

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014 by
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It is the middle of January and I am in full gardening mode! I have been cleaning out my existing garden beds to get ready for the new season.  Usually, I do this in November and December, when things are dying back, but we had an extremely busy holiday season and I let this chore [Read the full story …]


New Year, Fresh Ideas

Posted on: January 6th, 2014 by
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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 [Read the full story …]


Another Critter

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by
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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, [Read the full story …]


Waste not, want not…

Posted on: September 18th, 2013 by
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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 [Read the full story …]


Considering where we are in homesteading…

Posted on: August 23rd, 2013 by
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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 [Read the full story …]


Gardener or Farmer

Posted on: July 16th, 2013 by
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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 [Read the full story …]


Updating an old Swing

Posted on: June 25th, 2013 by
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So, one of my longest standing personal convictions is that we should attempt to fix damaged items, not just replace them.  This goes for a large variety of things from cars to clothes.  Over the years I have taken things from other people’s trash (not digging through, just the curb), because I felt it still [Read the full story …]


Snake on the Grill

Posted on: May 23rd, 2013 by
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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 [Read the full story …]