Monthly archives "February 2012"

feb 2012

What an odd, warm winter we’re having! But regardless, things are going very well out here, and we’re immensely grateful to be entering our 2nd season at our new farm. Kids have been kidded, eggs are being laid, chicks are peeping, milk is plentiful and planties are already growing in our seedling room. Just wait until spring is really here and we’ll be toiling in the soil, growing all kinds of abundant veggies and fruits all nourished by the compost made from our animals’ digestive systems. What a beautiful world of tending, working, living & receiving. Thank you to all our CSA subscribers signed up so far! We’re extremely excited for this year of goodness.

our beligian endive experiment is working, now how to do it on a large scale so it can earn us some revenue? Homesteading means always trying out new ideas, you never know what may become your new niche product. In the meantime, enjoy the fruits of your experimenting!

our barred rock and golden laced wyandotte chicks being raised in our seeding room, giving us nice sounds to listen to as we work.

some of the essential oils being used in our soaps this season

a picture of Khaiti's Mom milking one of her own very first goats in South Dakota in 1979. She was living the dream, and got to see the beginning of her influence on her daughter. RIP Mom.

 

 

a new small scale farming conference!

Introducing FESSA- “Farm Enterprises in Small-scale Sustainable Agriculture.”

If you aren’t satisfied with your options, go out and create your own! That’s what we did with some like-minded farmer friends. March31st- Save the date! More information and how to register is on the website: www.fessa.org

We’re a group founded to create the type of farming conference we really want to have around and available for others- one focusing on real small scale farmers, not giant 1000 acre soybean farms who transitioned to organic because there is money in it. Another thing that’s become more obvious lately is that the more small scale producers there are out there, the better for everyone. Stimulating our local economy by producing, growing and selling local farm products of all sorts is in everyone’s best interest. It isn’t just about farmers making products to sell themselves, but networking local growers with food producers, stirring up creative juices and helping each other make a go of it . We can’t all do everything, bu we can all profit from success by working together. Profit means more people can make a go of small scale farming. How much do you get paid each year at a job? That’s all profit for you. One thing many people don’t realize about farming (especially with new startups) is that there is an expense for nearly every dollar earned. That means no or little profit. And profit is how a farmer pays themself. No farm profit, no money for the farmer. In order for small scale farms to flourish, they need to be profitable,  and value-added products can tip the scales in favor of the farm. How long would you keep working at your job if there was no solid, regular paycheck? Hence the conference! Hope to see you there, spread the word if you know others who might be interested. We hope to make this an annual event!

a very happy valentine

Another Momma joined the milking club this morning- Metallika had TRIPLETS this morning at 3:30 AM. Yep, Khaiti was up that early to maternity-ward check and found the first kid (a Boy) in the hay with her flashlight beam….Happy Valentines Day! #2 kid at first appeared upside down and head back, a terrifying proposition. Khaiti soaped up and checked it out in there, found it was just a backwards kid, and out came a humungous doeling. Metallika seemed back to normal size, so some postpartum snacks were got for her. Low and behold within 3 minutes she had popped out a 3rd beautiful kid, a second girl. Goats are just amazing.

We’re bottlefeeding all the kids this year for a number of reasons, most of all so they will be the sweetest goats for their new owners. Managing our year this season means simplifying things, and pasturing a bunch of goat kids for 8 months is not in the simple category.

For 2012 we’re focusing on our Duck Eggs, the momma milkers, our CSA Shares, and raising a small number of free range meat birds. Next year is another story, as we’re going to continue to experiment with our grass-based & pastured meats. Goat is an incredibly healthy grass fed meat, and goats pasturing for the summer up in our hay field will add fertility to the soil, right where we need it. Unfortunately the milkers can’t be pastured so far away from home base.

Then late at night, another check was done—-and Desti finally had her kids. Twins, total showstoppers with fancy markings! Both were toddling around in the hay, Desti was busy stuffing her face with food. What a day!