The old trough is no substitute for a respectable duck pond! My how time flies - just look at our ducks! They are no longer ducklings. When I got ducks for the farm, I knew they would grow quickly, like chicks do, but I am still surprised! And, they should begin laying eggs in another month - I can't wait to try duck eggs! I told you awhile back that we had to move the ducks to make room for … [Read more...] about New Duck Pond – How to Make Your Own!
After days of watching and waiting, it is finally over! Our new calf has arrived! Margie, our family milk cow calved on Thursday night. We have known that it was close for over a week and well, you know the saying, "a watched pot never boils?" It is true of cows too! Margie took her own sweet time but what a relief to wake up Friday morning and see the adorable little calf following her in the … [Read more...] about Maybelle, the New Calf is Born!
What's not to love about ducks and ducklings? The ducklings are so cute with their wide little beaks, their squeaky voices and of course, their little waddle! I have wanted ducks for quite awhile because they are so cute! I think my fascination with ducks was fed when I read the book by Eliot Coleman, Four Season Gardening, which really inspired me to plant a winter garden in the greenhouse. In … [Read more...] about Ducks for the Farm
Have you ever wondered how to save money each month? If you answered yes, than we have something in common! I want to share with you today how I cut my budget by 20% with just 3 steps! I have always been a frugal person - not cheap - just frugal! By this I mean, looking for the best deals, couponing when we were beginning the vineyard, (John took a paper route to make ends meet so I … [Read more...] about How I Cut My Budget by 20%!
Warning: This post contains pictures of the actual butchering process - they are real life and may be considered by some to be too gruesome - don't say I didn't warn you! One day that is easy to put off is butchering day. It always seems like such a monumental task - and it is! But, like anything, practice makes perfect - the more we do it the better and easier it gets! Last Wednesday was the … [Read more...] about Home Butchering – Homegrown Grass-fed Beef
"Yeah" or "Boohoo"- I'm not sure how to respond to no more milk from Margie! She is getting a 2 month break from milking because we dried her off in preparation for calving. She gets a break to grow the calf and rest - and so do we! While I will admit, it is nice not to get up at 6 AM to milk, I really do miss the fresh milk. We have a milking rotation so everyone gets to share the love of … [Read more...] about No More Milk – Yeah or Boohoo?