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Gophers Be Gone! (Or, How We Shut Out The Enemy)

Gophers Be Gone! (Or, How We Shut Out The Enemy)

There's this thing that I have not mastered by any means. It's called patience. It's the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. Hmm, well that'll get me nowhere out here in deer and gopher land. So I choose not to have it right now ...
I'll Have The Bacon With A Side Of Eggs

I’ll Have The Bacon With A Side Of Eggs

Last time I wrote about pork I had to figure out where to start on a huge amount that came in all at once. I dove in and made sausages and more sausages and even more sausages! But now I turn my attention to the sides. I have 6, 10-14 lb (somewhat) squared-off blocks of fatty meat on my hands ...
Got A Big Ol' Pig? Think, Sausages!

Got A Big Ol’ Pig? Think, Sausages!

This recipe came at the right time for me since we had to harvest 3 large hogs at the same time. Whew! Three freezers full and I'm going nuts trying to figure out what to do with the mounds and mounds of ground pork. My youngest son begged for Italian-style sausages and so out came the Kitchenaid w/attachments and the ...
The Condiment Series: A Nod To Mustard

The Condiment Series: A Nod To Mustard

After finally finding a recipe that was worthwhile, I decided to make this wonderful condiment that we all use for so many different dishes. This is what you do: Grow the mustard, harvest the seed, make the condiment. Simple. Pioneer Woman has a fantastic recipe for both brown and yellow that she so kindly offered up. I doubled both recipes ...
And Just A Few Weeks Later...

And Just A Few Weeks Later…

In a perfect world these last few weeks would have been different. Three nights in Puerto Rico would not have been met with rainy weather or the gate to the Arecibo Observatory closing right before we arrived. Here on the farm, rotating the pigs into different paddocks, separating sows from piglets and castrating the male piglets wouldn't have sounded like ...
Building A Better Butter (Recipe Card)

Building A Better Butter (Recipe Card)

If you think I sound like a broken record, raise your hand. Wow. That many huh? Yes, I cannot wait to milk our first family cow. Yes, I cannot wait to drink and use raw milk in my recipes. Yes, I cannot wait to make raw milk cheeses, coffee creamer, whey biscuits and more! Golly gee whiz... what can I ...
Let's Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

Turkeys are easy and profitable. They forage all day long as they roam around playing follow the leader. Even if you have to keep them in a turkey tractor or run, notice when one starts to walk the others follow. It's the fowl version of a pack animal. They'll eat nothing but bugs, grass and other vegetation if you have ...
Recipe Card: Homemade Mustard

Recipe Card: Homemade Mustard

Original recipe by The Pioneer Woman.Homemade Mustard - This is a wonderful and easy recipe for homemade mustard, yellow or brown, and a variation for each. - Yellow Mustard: yellow mustard seed, white wine, white vinegar, sugar, Brown Mustard: brown mustard seed, dark beer, water, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Choose a recipe. Add ingredients to a stainless steel bowl ...
Life, The Homestead And Everything

Life, The Homestead And Everything

“Having solved all the major mathematical, physical, chemical, biological, sociological, philosophical, etymological, meteorological and psychological problems of the Universe except for his own, three times over, [Marvin] was severely stuck for something to do...” ― Douglas Adams. Life, the Universe and Everything Whose journey is this anyway? I sit here on my golf cart to take a look around, I ...
Runnin' On Swine Time

Runnin’ On Swine Time

It's all about timing. The male and female will mate until she decides it's over. About a week. Then you separate them and start counting: three months, three weeks, three days. She'll start preparing the nest and then have her little piglets almost to the day! And don't worry about making too much a fuss over it; mama knows just ...
Market Garden Update: Down And Out And Up Again

Market Garden Update: Down And Out And Up Again

It is a sad year in that I had to forgo the farmers market. For so long before moving to our small farm, I dreamt of being a farmers market vendor. And then I was given the opportunity to try it out. The following year I did an entire spring, summer and fall market. I was hooked. I got to ...
Eyes On The Prize: Jack And Tammy

Eyes On The Prize: Jack And Tammy

It seems I must confess: I didn't think I'd love any other farm animals as much as I love my chickens. But I was wrong. So wrong. Even up to the day we brought home our breeding hogs, I had doubts about the whole thing. You see, we recently purchased a boar and a sow (both heritage breeds) from a ...
Shingle To The Left, Shingle To The Right

Shingle To The Left, Shingle To The Right

How would you describe the work of a homesteader? DIYer? Permaculturalist? Farmer? Gardener? Homemaker? Builder? All of the above? Well, this is how I would describe my hubby: Modifier. He is a person who truly thinks out of the box and can take anything and make it better! With that said, this post is about his latest creation: The Shingle ...
The Pig Palace

The Pig Palace

As the days close in on us and the hair grows grayer, we're reminded that time is a precious commodity and we should always make the best use of it. So at this point, we're ready to move forward and raise more animals. And we're switching it up a bit by building a "Pig Palace" and getting ready for our ...
No Time For Debate, Gotta Harvest That Chicken

No Time For Debate, Gotta Harvest That Chicken

Responsibility. The main reasoning behind the farm-to-fork movement. It is why I want to raise and harvest my own chickens. You see, I feel as if I have no right to get involved in the debate about the inhumane treatment of chickens, or the poor quality of eggs and meat at the supermarket. Why? Because I can actually do something ...
The Problem That Led Us To Marital Bliss

The Problem That Led Us To Marital Bliss

Have I told y'all that the hubby LOVES his sawmill? Oh yeah, I did. It makes him proud cut after cut, which leads to a sweeter hubby at the end of the day, which in turn strengthens our marriage... wow, a sawmill did all that! Got a big ol' log? No problem! (read more) But here's the question: How does ...
The Spring Harvest Report

The Spring Harvest Report

Boy o boy am I behind on posts! This was supposed to be published last month... how time flies. So first let me say sorry about all the old pics. I'll just quickly explain each one and move on to something more current. Earlier this spring, small baskets like this one had us salivating for more. Peas, snap beans a ...
Market Garden Update: Pride And Heirlooms

Market Garden Update: Pride And Heirlooms

I decided to do a bit of bragging in my latest newsletter because I'm still astonished at the idea that I can grow organic, heirloom veggies. Really, the only thing that stopped me in the past is that we're told by the gardening magazines how difficult heirlooms are to grow, and the TV commercials would convince us to buy bags ...
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