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Help us build our “Farmer Barn”

We’re building a Farmer Barn -aka- a warm, energy efficient little cabin! The project is already underway, but we need a financial boost to complete the build – so we’d like to offer YOU a unique offering from our farm! Every little bit of support will help us out and this is a great way to support us AND get a useful, awesome gift every month!

Why we are fundraising right now:

For the past 4 years we’ve focused 100% on our farm; keeping all of our animals healthy and happy as well as building infrastructure. Finally we’ve decided it is time to build ourselves a  little studio home/Farmer’s Barn so that we can actually stay warm in the winter and live more energy efficiently. It’s felt like we’ve been living in one of the coldest houses in Wisconsin for the past 4 years!

Our “Farmer’s Barn” is a very modest 20 by 32 cabin, which Andrew is building with the help of his folks. We’ve always been bootstrappers, but this project is taking a lot of upfront payments to get to the next level. So far we have built a road with 80 tons of gravel delivered, had a cement truck come to pour the concrete piers upon which our cabin will sit, and then began building from the bottom up. We have only just begun, and every day brings us one small step forward in building and one more chunk of change out of the wallet! P1110043

How can you support us while getting something super unique  in return?

By snapping up a subscription to our “Year of Goatmilk Soap”! Treat yourself, or give it as a thoughtful and fantastic year long gift!

P1110039We will send you two bars of our luscious Goatmilk Soap EACH and EVERY month for a WHOLE YEAR, with your contribution of $100! This includes shipping to US addresses, International Residents will be charged $155 for subscription, shipping, and processing fees.

Khaiti makes this soap by hand, using the milk our goat MayMay gives us. The secret recipe is one she worked on for years… it’s super long lasting, extremely gentle on your skin (goatmilk has the same pH as our skin), AND it lathers richly without leaving any cruddy residue. Our soap is made from goat milk, coconut oil, olive oil and lye. Some varieties have essential oils added for scent, and organic materials for color or texture (like oatmeal, spices, coffee.)

The Year of Goatmilk Soap will begin in December 2014 (perfect timing for the Holidays!) and run until November 2015. Unlike a Kickstarter project, even if we don’t reach our total goal you will receive your Year of Goatmilk Soap! Our Fundraising Goal is to reach at least 100 paid subscribers! You can see our fundraising graphic on the side there which will keep you updated on our progress – you can always click on it to go to sign up for our Year of Goatmilk Soap!

If you are gifting a fantastic Year of Goatmilk Soap, please email us the “ship-to” address(es.) Thanks!   farmers (at) ltdfarm.com


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Or Click Here to go to our Year of Goatmilk Soap Page!

Every little bit is really going to help us get this done, and we really look forward to being warm this winter!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!

If you are so inclined you can donate any amount to our cause!




Fracked

This has been a difficult winter for us on our farm, and we think it is a good time to try to explain why- our whole county is right in the pathway of the frac sand mining explosion here in Wisconsin, and just a few months ago we found out about exploratory drilling going on right next door for a possible frac sand mine. Well, we found out by doing the chores one morning and hearing the worst awful racket you can imagine, which was pretty unusual; in all the days that we have lived here the mornings have been quiet and peaceful.  So we’ve been dealing with the potential of a frac sand mine right next door since Christmas (great Christmas gift, huh?), and we’ve been all over the map in terms of how we are trying to deal with this. There are so many issues with frac sand mining, and frack mining itself, that they are too numerous to go into right here at the moment, but suffice it to say that if a mine went in right next to our property, we would have to deal with hundreds of trucks pummeling our quiet country road mercilessly, day in and day out, , potential groundwater contamination, as well as incessant drilling noise, explosions that rock the landscape, and super fine silica dust that would present new and unexplored health hazards. Not the ideal picture for a small farmstead neighbor.

We sincerely hope our neighbor decides to pull the plug on this potential mine. Many people are swayed by the money, the mine companies are paying millions of dollars to buy up sites all around the county, and our surrounding townships are feeling the brunt force of mining might.

Our friend Lindsay Rebhan recently wrote about our situation for the MOSES (Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service) “Organic Broadcaster” Newsletter. She does a good job of explaining our situation. Here is an excerpt with a link to the full article at the end.

Our nation finds itself in the midst of a Wild West land grab–a fracking boom and therefore a frac-sand mining boom. The process of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) uses sand, water and chemicals to open fissures in the earth to extract oil or natural gas. Wisconsin’s geological history as an ocean provides the perfect crystalline silica sand used for the hydraulic fracturing process. In the last three years, Wisconsin sand mining has grown exponentially, quickly changing the landscape.

“We didn’t completely understand how this issue could affect us so quickly. We were building our farm business; moving, harvesting/planting, learning the community, we thought we didn’t have time to keep up with the frac mining issue around us,” young Wisconsin farmer Andrew French explains. In the list of things new farmers need to keep tabs on–add frac sand mining. Andrew and Khaiti French own Living the Dream Farm, (L.T.D. Farm, Inc.) in Clayton, Wis., located in Barron County.

Andrew and Khaiti are two impassioned young farmers and compassionate carnivores, stewarding 39 acres of land in western Wisconsin. Barron County, like much of Wisconsin, is known for rolling hills, bucolic trout streams and good farmland. “Our land is one of the most important elements of our farm, of course, if the mine operation starts up here–all the smog, noise, and silica dust will cause health issues for us and our animals.” The L.T.D. farmers raise pastured ducks, chickens, turkeys, rabbits and goats, and produce vegetables for a CSA operation.

“The frac sand issue came to our attention this summer. Our neighbors five miles away started to fight a mine next to their property. Then, a week before Christmas, boring started on the property next to ours. We got up to do chores early morning in December and heard a loud noise. It was a big drill like the ones used to drill wells. A mineral company was drilling test holes for mineral extraction. We are now well aware that we have frac sand in this area. This obvious threat to our land and neighborhood concerned all of our neighbors and we almost immediately began to meet and talk about what we could do. We are now just understanding what actually happens in the frac sand mining process.”

Read the rest here:

http://mosesorganic.org/attachments/broadcaster/Obonline212.html#12

When an industrial mine seems like it might become reality right  next to your farm, you don’t know what to do and it is impossible to get straight answers from anybody. We’ve learned a lot about our local government and the attitudes of different factions of the population in this rural area. It’s been discouraging at times. But we also found out about all the AMAZING people out here as well, those who treasure this region for a variety of reasons; those who love its peaceful agricultural vibe, those who have moved here to retire and relax for the last years of their lives, and others who have moved to this land to breathe the fresh air, and hike, hunt, and fish in the healthy wildlands. None of these folks want to see it become an industrial wasteland. For the last few months we have worked as a unified group, and even though it seems that we didn’t get our voices heard by our town board members, we bonded as a group of caring neighbors. Knowing your like-minded neighbors is so important in the country.

Take heart, we will always farm, and we love our jobs. But we would like to continue our journey on this lovely piece of heaven we call home.

frosty frost

After quite a brown & dry beginning to winter, the region has been blanketed with snow. In the mornings, we’ve had relatively warm air currents leading to some spectacular hoar frosts. Don’t you just love it? Our animals are all doing fantastic in this new season- rabbits come with their own fur coat, and we are raising our youngsters outdoors so they can grow healthy and sound with lots of hay and room to romp about in the sun and fresh air. We’ll be offering fresh rabbit throughout the winter, email us to reserve yours. Rabbit is an incredibly nutrient dense meat, very healthy and lean- delicious marinated and grilled, or stewed with herbed dumplings on top.

Rabbit is the new local grass fed meat!The ducks are insulated with not only a down jacket, but also a plump layer of fat. Our lady layers are blessing us with eggs MUCH later in the season than ever before….which can only mean they are very content and happy with their new duck barn, deep bedding, hay for snacking, constant fresh water and days spent sitting outside in the sun. We absolutely love our ducks! Look for the Holiday Special going on now until Christmas at several of the Twin City Co-ops. We did have a couple of episodes with a hawk scoping out our ducks, which is very scary for them and for us. The safety of our ladies is extremely important to us! And so- we got the ducks some guardians, a pair of French Toulouse Geese. They are drop dead gorgeous, very calm and are doing a great job patrolling the duck pasture and keeping an eye on the sky.Still scratching your head over gift ideas? Please know we have set up a PayPal account in order to sell our handmade goatmilk soaps online, and shipped directly to your door! These soaps are the most moisturizing EVER, being made up of 50% goatmilk! There are 8 “flavors” to choose from, let us know if you have any questions about ordering. We can customize your mix of flavors and wrap up gift bundles with festive ribbon so they are ready to go. Our soap is sold by the pound, as the bar sizes vary (they have a rustic look from being handcut.)  Thanks so much for your support!

how to properly cook a duck egg

How to cook a Duck Egg? Go easy on the heat. Here’s how we do it:

Warm a cast iron skillet on Medium high with a little oil in it. Crack your eggs in the pan, break the yolk if desired and salt and pepper them. As soon as you can flip the egg over “safely,” do that, and then TURN THE HEAT OFF. Leave the cast iron pan on the burner and then your egg will finish cooking for a couple minutes with this gentle heat. Duck eggs have a considerably higher amount of protein, so if you cook them too hot, too fast, the protein will seize up, causing a tough & rubbery egg. If you cook your duck eggs as described above, they will be silky, luscious & have a rich creamy texture.
We’d love to know how do you cook your duck eggs as well as your favorite recipes!

getting ready!

Mark your calendars for Sept 30th! Starting at 10am, we’re opening the doors to the farm! Bring a picnic blanket & some lunch and enjoy the a beautiful day in the country! This event is from 10am until 1pm. We’ll have some fun activities going on:

  • “Guess the Weight of the Ukranian Winter Squash” contest-win a Goodie Box of LTD Farmstead Foods!
  • “Acrobatic Puppy” performances by Belle
  • A Nature Walk
  • Ducklings to snuggle
  • lots of samples
  • Goats to hang out with
  • Hot beverages and a bonfire to warm up

Come pick up SUPER fresh Duck eggs, handmade goatmilk soaps, as well as delicious, fresh veggies and Andrew’s beautiful stone Mortar & Pestles. We’ll have a limited number of fresh rabbits available – Email to reserve your rabbits.

Andrew’s Mom makes this amazing doll furniture which she’ll have on display for you to check out, makes a GREAT GIFT for that little someone special! Check out her website here: http://arlettarueandco.com/

Our next door neighbors raise alpacas and we’re hoping to have some of their beautiful alpaca yarn, fleeces and roving here as well!

For directions out to the farm, email us:    Farmers (at) ltdfarm.com

Part of what we love about this region is the abundance of other awesome farmers, so we’ll be giving you a list of some great places near us to stop by on your way back home, a Wisconsin Food “Crawl”!  The Stillwater bridge is closed, so we’re directing everyone to come on 94 through Hudson, and drive home on Hwy 8 through Taylor’s Falls. All these great places are located right along Highway 8, heading back to the Cities:

  • Balsam Lake Brick Oven Breads -awesome organic breads!(http://www.balsamlakebreads.com/)
  • Tiny Planet Produce- organically grown pumpkins, winter squash, and more from Ben and Andrea (to be confirmed)
  • Maple Syrup at Glenna Farms (http://www.glennafarms.com/)
  • Apples at Deedon Lake Orchard http://www.deedonlake.com/) 715.986.2757 (to be confirmed)

We can’t wait to show you our farm and see you here!

Sign up for your Thanksgiving Turkey! $3/lb, $20 deposit required.

We had our first slight frost a couple nights ago, and so much of the summer garden is being cleared out now, tilled and cover-cropped to prevent erosion as well as adding organic material next spring. The basil is being dried, cabbages being krauted, peppers being sriracha-ed, eggplants waiting to go into the next CSA shares, and tomatoes being sauced (we have a whole new crop coming along in the frost-free hoophouse!)

As you can see, our fall crops are doing just fine with the cold, in fact, they thrive this time of year. October is the end of our CSA season, and the last boxes will be full of so much goodness…. baby pumpkins & winter squash, arugula, fresh tomatoes, potatoes, parsley, baby leeks, chard, spinach, cabbage, Napa cabbage, red & green meat winter radishes, daikon radish, carrots, scallions, beets/turnips, onions, garlic, & hopefully hoophouse cucumbers and peppers, as well as romanesco (it’s growing so slowly!)

Intro To Permaculture, openings available

INTRO TO PERMACULTURE WORKSHOP

September 10, 2011

With Andrew & Khaiti French at LTD Farm

Do you want to live a more sustainable life? Have you heard about Permaculture and wondered what it was all about? Are you looking for some practical methods to reduce your ecological footprint and grow delicious food at home?

Come out & learn about the basic principles of Permaculture, a comprehensive design-centered approach to all aspects of sustainable living.

We will discuss fruit and nut tree planting, mushroom production, berms and swales, sheet mulching, pastured poultry, garden siting and design, composting, cover crops, and more. The purpose of this workshop is to give you an understanding of the ethics and principles of permaculture, some techniques and strategies to integrate permaculture into your life right now, and resources to continue your permaculture education. A large portion of the day will be set aside for field work. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and your mind full of new ideas. This is a unique opportunity to learn about this exciting new field on a real working permaculture farm.

We will provide a basic lunch made with on-farm organic ingredients. Please bring gloves, bug spray, water container, hat, work boots, shovels, snacks, and any other gear that will keep you comfortable outside.

To learn more or RSVP for this class, please email us at farmers@ltdfarm.com

-10 am to 5 pm, $50 per participant-