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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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? …

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 …

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, …

The New/Old/Improved Garden Arbor

My entire homestead plan is divided into sections or separate areas that serve a specific purpose. I happen to be working on the fruit tree and herb garden area this time. What will make this garden different from the rest is the laid back feel of it, where all you'll …