capturing the bounty, putting food in jars
rabbits living the good life
Belle and the first apples
making applesauce, whole apple minus the core, cooked in a bit of water, with honey and cinnamon. DIVINE!
May and Orion
summer turkeys joined by the Thanksgiving turkeys in their brushy pasture
we actually succeeded in growing sweet corn this year!
little Bubsters in the chicken tractor til they grow a bit more
the bigger Bubsters out in their paddock, full of personality
Mabel the beauty, growing up fast!
check this out! it is so AWESOME to have a homebrew supplier as a neighbor! Thanks Windriver Brewing for the Namesake Beer Kit!
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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.
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5 little bunny babies, the new LTD project is working!
turkey hens we're keeping over winter to try our hand at turkey breeding in the spring. Are we crazy? yes.
Belle is growing into a teenager pup!
beautiful Rosie, a pig who we loved so much. She had a good life here.
Happy New Year to you all! Will you be reflecting on the year you just passed through? Full of celebrations and joy, or perhaps remembrances and tributes, 2011 has been another incredible year. We’re all so blessed to have each day, each year we pass through. Make every day count, or do something to make it count!
A reflection on our year here, the first on our new farm. We met SO many amazing new people. We got to continue relationships with our customers who are now friends. We worked our butts off gardening in totally new soil, with some successes and much learning (failures.) We held some awesome workshops with fascinating people attending and visiting our farm. We grew so much sustanence for ourselves and others from our land. We fermented, pickled and canned our hearts out. We learned about the predators we have to deal with here, in a very hard way. We learned how priceless good farm dogs are. We got exhausted, wiped out, and there was no end in sight. We continued to dream and experiment and will continue to do so in 2012. We lost the covering on our hoophouse right after the tomatoes were planted in it. We fell in love with the community of amazing people all around us. We butchered 3 goat bucks and 4 pigs, 100 broiler chickens and 60 turkeys. We learned that death is really hard with animals you’ve tended and loved, but part of the circle of life and being able to provide an alternative to grocery store meat is very important to us. We learned why it is hard to be small scale farmers and make a living. We learned that diversification is essential to make it on a small scale farm, but you must not drive yourself crazy with too much diversification. We learned what we love to do, what we need to do to continue farming here, what we do well, and what we excel at together. We got married and every day is a blessing on our farm. We learned that money is essential to pay bills on the farm, but it will never bring happiness. We learned that food raised on a real small scale farm tastes better, is more nourishing, and that our customers love it. We learned that no small-scale farm can be an island….. Farming takes a community of farmers and eaters. Thank you for being part of our farm. We could not do this without your involvement! Thank YOU!!! We have a limited number of CSA shares for 2012 and are reserving them now. See our “farm products” tab.
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