Are you longing for a simpler life? Do you wish you knew basics like how to bake bread? Do sunflowers and piglets make you smile? Then you’re in the right place. Join us on our journey to go from city dwellers to sustainable farmers, with a whole lot of expensive mistakes made along the way!
Today is slaughter day at our fledgling farm--pig slaughter day. And so I am in town at a coffee shop as I write this. Because I hate pig slaughter day. I mean, I was a vegetarian for 24 years! Raising pigs for food is a huge about face for me. And don't judge me too... Continue Reading →
With these snowy days, I've noticed Rooster Cogburn has a funny habit...one that indicates life in the hen house is hard on a fellow! This photo isn't very good, but here's what happens: I open the chicken coop door and the "girls" decide it's still too cold to go out so they stay inside. But... Continue Reading →
When I accidentally killed chickens moving the chicken tractor, I whined about it on Facebook. That led to people asking me, "What is a chicken tractor?" There are lots of types of chicken tractors and I hesitated to talk about ours because it's not fitting for what we're trying to do now, but it's all... Continue Reading →
Ten days ago, these little buggers showed up in the mail. They've been in a pen in the barn until tonight when I moved them to the chicken tractor. I didn't want to move them to the chicken tractor tonight! The weather has cooled and it was rainy part of the day and windy all... Continue Reading →
It's 9:30 at night and I am almost done with today's project: freezing green beans. I picked up 20 pounds of green beans from a local farmer yesterday and, unlike tomatoes, green beans don't wait. I didn't like waiting a day even, but that was the timing. I will soon be done blanching the second... Continue Reading →
It rained today. In fact, it's still raining. I can hear and smell the gentle summer rain through the open windows. We've had an unusually dry summer, so the rain is welcome. We went all of the month of July without rain, which hasn't happened since 1926. Or at least that's what I heard reported... Continue Reading →
Three things to love in this photo: a new clothesline, new fencing and new hay. Sometimes it's nice to see progress outside too. 🙂
Tonight mama hen and baby chick are on the top rung of the ladder. From nesting box and being nestled under mama's feathers to roosting like a big chick and preening itself all pretty. That baby is growing up so fast!
OK, I'll admit it. I went and spent $35 on bird netting to cover the chicken yard without even measuring the chicken yard. The package said the bird netting was 28 ft by 28 ft. That's huge! How could our chicken yard possibly be bigger than that? Yeah, well, it turns out our chickens are... Continue Reading →