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The guineas have left the building!

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…

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Added by Oak Grove Valley Farm on October 7, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Stolen Goats

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…

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Added by Acre and a Half on September 19, 2013 at 2:00am — 4 Comments

I'm finally a farmer!

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…

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Added by Rebecca on August 29, 2013 at 5:14pm — No Comments

Our Chicken Setup

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.

Our Chickens

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Added by Rebecca on July 31, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Oak Grove Valley Farm Update

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…

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Added by Oak Grove Valley Farm on May 29, 2013 at 7:09am — 3 Comments

"The Birth of Sophia" My journey as a farmer.

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     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…

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Added by Tamara Suber on May 8, 2013 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Wellington Family Farm - Dream or Reality

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…

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Added by Wellington Family Farm on March 19, 2013 at 10:30am — 2 Comments

Muck boots, cutting down trees and 2" rain!

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…

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Added by Oak Grove Valley Farm on January 15, 2013 at 8:15am — 4 Comments

Getting Back To Work

The Happy Homesteader

 

It has been awhile since we have posted at The Happy Homesteader blog and I can personally say I have really missed being an active part of the Farm Dreams community. Our extended family has recently experienced an unexpected loss of a young member of the family and it has been a very difficult thing to deal with for many of us. Death of a loved one is never…

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Added by Your Family Homestead on December 11, 2012 at 6:00am — 4 Comments

Finding the Farmer inside me!

My name is Steve and this story is about finding the farmer inside me. Some background about me is I was raised on a farm in the Midwest, moved to Texas as an adult, and now in my forties I have now moved back to the Midwest.

As a boy growing up on the farm in the Midwest we raised the typical livestock consisting of milk and beef cows, hogs, chickens, sheep, and I even had a pet rabbit! I was one of seven kids and we lived on a 200 acre farm and rented another 300 acres. We grew hay,…

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Added by Steve on December 4, 2012 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

Making extra money from home

This past spring & summer our grandson needed extensive dental work and the only dentist that I could find that would take our insurance wouldn't take his secondary insurance and because ours was the primary the secondary wouldn't reimberse for the co-pays so I was using part of my bill money to pay the dentist because they wouldn't make payment arrangements for the co-pays, so now with the holidays upon us I'm struggling to play catch up on bills and not enough money coming in to do…

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Added by Karen Paro on November 26, 2012 at 10:41pm — 4 Comments

Fall Re-runs: Do you have a pet bug-out bag?

The Practical Prepper

As I mentioned previously, my schedule has changed and I am unable to write new posts at this time. While I'm on hiatus, we're re-running the earlier posts from The Practical Prepper. Thank you for your patience and your continued…

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Added by Atticus Freeman on October 31, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Fall Re-runs: Collecting and purifying water from natural sources

The Practical Prepper

As I mentioned previously, my schedule has changed and I am unable to write new posts at this time. While I'm on hiatus, we're re-running the earlier posts from The Practical Prepper. Thank you for your patience and your continued…

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Added by Atticus Freeman on October 24, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Animals, Animals, Animals

October should be known as Animal month.  With all the fairs and shows that go on, I was in little animal paradise.  Well not little animals.  Most of what we saw was huge.  Cow, horses, even the lamas seem much bigger when you're standing just on the other side of a suddenly thin gate.  I mean look at those…

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Added by Lisa Pankowski on October 23, 2012 at 10:14am — No Comments

Unemployed and Farming It

The Aspiring Farmer Blog



Whew, it's been a little longer than normal since my last Farm Dreams post. We've been going through quite a transition over at Little Seed Farm. Not only are we still adjusting to living and managing a farm in the middle of nowhere in TN, we're also adjusting to having no direct source of income.

As of the end of September the…

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Added by Little Seed Farm on October 18, 2012 at 3:24pm — 4 Comments

Fall Re-runs: Using mobile technology to enhance your preparedness

The Practical Prepper

As I mentioned previously, my schedule has changed and I am unable to write new posts at this time. While I'm on hiatus, we're re-running the earlier posts from The Practical Prepper. Thank you for your patience and your continued…

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Added by Atticus Freeman on October 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Fall Re-runs: How's your first aid preparedness?

The Practical Prepper

As I mentioned previously, my schedule has changed and I am unable to write new posts at this time. While I'm on hiatus, we're re-running the earlier posts from The Practical Prepper. Thank you for your patience and your continued…

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Added by Atticus Freeman on October 10, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Farmcast Episode 22: Your Questions Answered! Escalating Price of Feed and Should You Feed Minerals to Grazers

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This week's podcast is now live. You can listen/subscribe directly here, or at iTunes here. If you prefer to just hear this week's episode click here to listen right here, right now.

Also, Tim and Liz will discuss what you want to…

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Added by Dusty Bottoms on October 7, 2012 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

Fall Re-runs: Financial preparedness — six tips on reducing debt

The Practical Prepper

As I mentioned previously, my schedule has changed and I am unable to write new posts at this time. While I'm on hiatus, we're re-running the earlier posts from The Practical Prepper. Thank you for your patience and your continued…

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Added by Atticus Freeman on October 3, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Our Inspiration And Motivation

The Happy Homesteader

 

To do anything that takes time and effort requires some form of inspiration and motivation. Take a job for instance. What could possibly cause a person to get up early, rush around to get chores done, leave before its full light, work for 10 or more hours a day away from home in a stressful job, rush home to spend a few hours with family and share a meal…

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Added by Your Family Homestead on September 25, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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