Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
We never thought we would see this day - when the guineas would go out the door on their own, go down the ramp and go into their electric fenced yard all by themselves (without us chasing them out of the house) and then go back in at night (and several times in the day) before the door automatically shuts.
They are the most skittish birds I've ever seen. So far, they have flown out of the electric fenced yard only once and that was the first day. One flew over, the other 7 called it back and then my husband raised the fence to let the one back in. They haven't done it since. I'm sure they will, but for now we hope they get used to the electric fenced area long enough to realize where exactly "home base" is.
We plan to eventually take down the fence and let them just roam, we just wanted them to learn to return to their house before nightfall so they could be safe.
They have definitely been our most chellenging birds (even just getting them through the…Continue
We are heart broken...4 of our beautiful Nubian does were stolen from our farm today. In the middle of the day someone backed a truck up and took Beatrice, Lu Lu, Zu Zu and our beloved Odie. I am sooo disappointed in people.
Stealing is wrong, but stealing someone's animal is just despicable. Were were just 2 short weeks away from breeding all these great girls. It is a shame to even think someone is going to (or already has) butchered these beauties for meat.
I am VERY angry and sad.
It's the end of August, and another summer not living on a farm is almost gone. In April we "moved to town," and I tried to figure out how that could be a step in the right direction. Although our chickens are living on someone else's farm and my neighbors are less than 100 feet away all around us, I do feel closer to realizing my farm dream. Since March I have been working for Barefoot Gardens, a small market garden within the borough limits of Doylestown, PA. Eric and Linda grow vegetables for the Farmer's Market, a local food distributor and at least one restaurant. They grow everything from roots, to greens, to herbs, and flowers. Linda operates a small herbal shop in town where she is able to offer her clients medical advice as well as homegrown herbs and remedies.
Starting in March gave me an opportunity to see the growing season from the very start. I spent my first few weeks freezing my rump in the unheated greenhouse, seeding most of what we would be…Continue
We have had chickens for a little over a year now, so I thought it would be a good time to share our setup - how and why we do our chickens the way we do. I didn't want to get too far into the details before we were happy with everything, and for our current situation, we seem to have found a great setup.
We purchased our mixed brood from MyPetChicken.com as day-old chicks. 4 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Dominiques, 4 Plymouth Barred Rocks, and 4 Rhode Island Reds. Initially, I was hoping to receive one male and three females of each. It turned out we received 4 female Rhode Island Reds and because the Barred Rocks and Dominiques look exactly the same until their combs start to grow, we had trouble telling them apart for the longest…Continue
Hello all! I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring and getting the rain they need for crops and that everyone is happy and healthy!
We are not moved in yet....still lots to do but yet making progress all the same. The 3 bedrooms upstairs are almost all done. One lacks closet trim and then all 3 need closet shelving and new lights and doors. More painting needs to be done. Downstairs still not started. Upstairs bath not complete. Was hoping to say we would make it by June 30th, but maybe by July 31? We will see.
Our chickens arrived last week - we had 22 ordered and they threw in an extra. Well we have lost 2 so far. We got a mix of Brown Leghorns, Buff Orpingtons, Black Australorps, and Barred Rocks.
The geese and their 7 goslings are doing fine.
We are seeing our garden come alive with seeds popping thru the ground.
Sure seems like a first cutting of hay is in order. Grass is growing like crazy.
Happy belated Memorial…Continue
My name is Tamara. I am 27 years old and would like to start a sheep and goat farm. I am an artist by trade and aspiring farmer. I received my bachelor’s degree in photography and sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. I have always been passionate about caring for animals and people. It was during my time at MICA that the two became intertwined when a photography project led me to a family of urban farmers. They had a couple of stables within blocks of my school and everyday from the moment we met you could find me at the stables. It was an amazing experience where I learned to ride, care for horses and find my artistic voice. I was hooked and obsessed with their way of life and connection with their animals and environment. My journey has been a very unique one learning to ride bare back on a one eyed horse down the back alley streets of Baltimore. I knew that…Continue
I was fortunate enough as a child to grow up on a ranch, riding horses, running with goats, exploring the woods and whatever young kids can find to do in the great outdoors. At the age of 14 we moved to the city, it was an exciting change at first but as time went on I longed for the quietness in the fields, the fresh air all around and the memories I experienced as a child.
Twenty years later I still desire to have a homestead, a simple home on three to four acres. Enough room to garden, have an orchard, small vineyard, raise goats, chickens and our family. We are currently blessed with having a beautiful one acre lot just within the outskirts of town and we are turning our dream into reality.
First of all we got a total of 2 inches of rain last week and this was after 3 inches of snow the previous week so the ground was saturated. It allowed our lake to rise about 2 feet due to the run off, etc. We were very thankful!
I got my first pair of farm boots - black and purple Muck boots. They came in handy after that rain due to all the mud. I used them when I cut down cedar trees all day last Friday and part of Saturday. We have so many and I'm trying to get some ground cleared so we can reclaim some pasture. It was too nice a day to stay inside, so out I went with my bow saw and lopping shears. I saved the larger ones for the guys and the chain saw but I did what I could and thoroughly enjoyed my day outside.
Back on the inside we got the hot water tank vented and the sewer pipe fixed so this weekend we had hot water. Now we are working on framing up my daughters bathroom so we can get the vanity, shower and toilet in place and finish the plumbing in…Continue