Archives for the month of: March, 2013

Each spring new plants, or weeds, show up on the farm.  New and familiar both have a purpose, and though my husband and I do not always agree on that.  When I see weeds I see greens for my chickens and mulch for all of my landscaping, while my husband and father in law both see something needing mowing/weed eating or killing.  I take the edge of the drive that looks like this……and turn it into eggs, using the magic of a laying hen.

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After investing less than five minutes of outdoor sunshine time I have 2 full buckets to take to my hens.  I know they appreciate and enjoy them because of the way they greet meet when I walk down to the chicken yard.

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They scratch through the 3 or 4 piles I give them every day.

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And in return they consume 50% less commercial feed and produce beautiful eggs for me.

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Which in turn I sell to my community and they become amazing dishes, like lemon curd!
See pics and the recipe here from Ron @ his blog http://blogandgutz.com/

Farming season begins in earnest now that the weather is warming and the days are getting longer.  This season find and support a local farmer or producer!

We have added a pair of geese back to the orchard!  This supports “grazing” instead of “mowing”.  Let the grass be transformed into eggs, more geese, and fertilizer 🙂

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The goat herd will be graduated out to the pasture today.  The does and kids have been in the barn for a week getting proficient at being a kid and allowing me to observe how the does interact with each  other and each other’s kids.  Things are great and the forecast for this next week is daytime highs in the low 70’s and night time lows in the upper 40’s and low 50’s.  With the mild weather they can go live outside with the pig and llamas! 

Saturday morning I headed out to the barn to do morning chores, and was greeted with the bleeeeeets of baby goats.

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These 2 blondes are super cute – couldn’t convince them to turn around so I could get a photo with their pink noses.

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