Goat Update and 2017 Seed Order

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Farming, Garden, Goats, Homesteading, Spring, Uncategorized | Posted on 13-03-2017

Exciting news… We sold all 4 of our baby goats this year! This is our first time selling livestock and we’re very pleased that it went so well! They will start going to their new homes this Sat. (3/18/17). I’m happy that we found good homes for them.

Now, moving onto our garden. I purchased our 2017 seeds from Fedco again. We ordered from there last year and were pretty pleased with what we received.

Here is a list of what we ordered for 2017…
Provider Bush Green Bean
Sugar Ann Snap Peas
Golden Gopher Muskmelons
National Pickling Cucumbers
Black Zucchini
Saffron Yellow Summer Squash
Eastern Rise Buttercup Winter Squash
Blue Hubbard Winter Squash
Luffa Gourds
Red Core Chantey Carrots
Detroit Dark Red Short Top Beets
French Breakfast Summer Radishes
Speckled Amish Bibb Lettuce
Solstice Broccoli
Golden Acre Cabbages
Snow Crown Cauliflowers
Peacework Sweet Peppers
Early Jalapeño Hot Peppers
Cherokee Purple Tomatoes
Amish Paste Tomatoes
Genovese Basil
Santo Cilantro
Lavender
Common Mint
Rosemary

We also have seeds of various kinds left over from previous years that we’ll be using. I’ve kept them in the deep freezer so hopefully they will still be viable.

Now I need to sit down and plan out our garden plots, and get seeds started. So much to be done at this time of the year!

Nigerian Dwarf Goats

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Farming, Goats, Homesteading, Spring | Posted on 25-02-2017

On February third we had a wonderful surprise. Our 6-year-old son ran in the house to announce that we had baby goats. Our Nigerian Dwarf doe, Popcorn, had her first kids. Two little bucklings. They are both tri-colored (brown, black & white) and one of them has blue eyes like his mother.

Then on February fifteenth our other doe, Buttercup, surprised us with two more kids. This time two little doelings. One of them is marked like her mother (tan & white) and the other is marked like our buck (black & white).

All four are absolutely adorable. We are leaving them with their mothers for now to make sure that they’re getting adequate nutrition since we’re new at this. They are nursing well, nibbling at their goat feed and hay, and are thriving.

We have sold the blue-eyed buck, but the other 3 are still available. We are selling the buckling for $200 and the doelings for $400 each. They are all able to be triple registered with the ADGA, AGS, and NDGA.

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Farm Fresh Eggs

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Farming | Posted on 17-09-2014

We don’t currently have eggs available, but we should have some in the next couple of weeks. Our hens will be 5-months old this weekend, which is the age when they should start laying. Feel free to give me a phone call or send me an email if you’re interested. These are pastured hens… they are getting fresh air, sunshine, and eating lots of bugs and greens!

Making butter

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Farming, Food | Posted on 05-03-2013

Usually we use up all of our cream in our morning coffee, but this week we actually had about 2 quarts left over (I still haven’t figured out how that happened). The best use for leftover cream is butter of course.

Jars of fresh cream

Jars of fresh cream

I’ve been using my blender to make butter, but I think this is pretty hard on it. Once we get a cow of our own I’d like to look into buying a nice butter churn.

Cream in the blender.

Cream in the blender.

After a few minutes you end up with whipped cream.

Whipped cream.

Whipped cream.

Wait a few more minutes and the solids will separate. You’re left with fresh buttermilk and butter.

Butter in buttermilk.

Butter in buttermilk.

I strain this into a bowl. The leftover buttermilk will be given to the chickens, although you can also drink it or use it in baked goods.

Draining butter.

Draining butter.

Buttermilk for the chickens.

Buttermilk for the chickens.

After draining it is then washed with ice water until the water is fairly clear. We go through butter quickly around here so I don’t worry too much about washing out all the buttermilk.

Use very cold water while washing your butter.

Use very cold water while washing your butter.

Lastly, I add some salt to taste, measure it out in half-cup servings, and roll it in wax paper.

Finished product. Yummy!

Finished product. Yummy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Days

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Family, Farming, Garden, Spring | Posted on 15-05-2012

We have stayed pretty busy around here. There were some trips that happened. Most notably we enjoyed a weekend at Patoka Lake to celebrate Alex’s birthday with some of the family. We stayed in a cozy little cabin for 2 nights,  rode a train on the scenic railway in French Lick, and went for a tour of Marengo Cave. The kids got to enjoy some quality time with their cousins, and everyone had fun!

The chickens are growing like weeds. It’s amazing how quickly they change. I keep trying to discern who’s a rooster and who’s a hen. I’ve determined that we have at least 1 rooster (out of 50). Unfortunately we’ve lost a few older chickens to the neighborhood fox. The chickens will fly over the fence very early in the morning, when the sun is still rising, and the little vixen will grab them. It’s been frustrating to keep finding random piles of feathers. When we catch her out in the yard we quickly run out there to chase her off.

We finally got our garden started over the weekend. Twenty-three tomato plants. That’s quite a few for a family that doesn’t much care for tomatoes. Lord willing, there will be lots of sauces and salsas. Around 10 pepper plants of various varieties, 4 yellow squash plants,  4 melon plants, 2 rows of sweet corn, and 1 row of popcorn. I still want to get in green beans, cucumbers, and more melons. I have so many seeds to plant , but I’ve reached the point in my pregnancy when I do have some limitations, mostly exhaustion, and I know it will only get worse in the upcoming months. Andy has actually done most of the work, and I’m so grateful for that!

That’s about it. On Thurs. I will post a pregnancy update, and I plan on posting an update on our switch to a lacto-paleo diet in the upcoming week. Hopefully I will also get better at photographing happenings around here and getting those posted on the blog. Lots of goals as I figure out how to juggle everything, and learn how to use WordPress.

2012 Plans for the Farm

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Farming, Garden, Pigs, Turkeys | Posted on 16-04-2012

Our 2012 plans are a bit different than they were in 2011. I had huge plans last year. They included chickens, pigs, turkeys, guineas, bees, & a dairy cow. Some of those came to fruition & some did not.

This year we’re going to take it easy. Our chickens from last year total about 15. Around 10 of those are 2 years old so in the fall they will serve as our stew chickens for the winter. It will be hard to part with them, as I know each one of them, but such is the life on a farm. The other 5 will stay around another year. We still have 1 guinea hen, who at this point is just a noisy pet (although she does give us 1 small egg per day). Four turkeys remain, 2 hens & 2 toms. They’ll stick around for now. I unsuccessfully tried to incubate around 20 eggs. Not a 1 was fertilized. I do believe that 1 of the toms will grace our Thanksgiving table this November. We also have the 51 Araucana & Silver-Laced Wyandotte chicks. All of the cocks will feed our bellies this winter, & the hens will start producing eggs around August.

We are considering not raising pigs this year. Partly because I haven’t heard back from my Gloucestershire Old Spot source, & partly because we’re thinking of investing the money in some other areas. We still don’t have a fence or barn, & we would really like to get those things taken care of so that we can add a dairy cow to the mix. Our freezer will be pretty full of meat after next week (more on that to come) so we should be okay skipping the pigs this year, & possibly finding a local source for bacon & sausage after ours runs out. I can’t survive without those!

Lord willing, we will also be planting a fairly large garden to provide all of our summer vegetables, & hopefully will be able to preserve some also. We just need someone to come do some tilling for us. Although the gardening will be tough with my ever expanding belly, & a little one due at just the time when I need to be canning all those tomatoes! If it’s meant to be then the Lord will help me find a way.

Our honeybees died over the winter. I’m hoping that Alex & I can take a beekeeping course next spring & then we can add those back into the mix. I was just too scared of them last year.

So, that’s it. Much smaller plans but maybe much more doable. I’m still very excited about all that we have going on here, & everything that we have to look forward to!

Saturday Pictures

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Chickens, Family, Farming | Posted on 14-04-2012

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Egg Laying

 

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5-week old chicks

 

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Rock Wall climbing

 

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We’re back

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Farming | Posted on 19-03-2012

After a period of time without internet we are now back online, and I’m hoping to post here a little more frequently. I will be updating pages on the blog in the upcoming weeks and planning some fun and interesting posts.

 

With the unusually warm spring things are really coming to life on the farm. I have emailed our contact about purchasing some pigs. We received 52 Americana & Silver-Laced Wyandotte chicks in the mail last week. We are about halfway through construction of a new chicken coop. And the garden seeds have been ordered, will hopefully arrive this week and we can start some indoors.

 

I’m so excited about all that we have planned. I look forward to sharing it all with you here on this tiny blog of ours.

Book Review Thursday- The Dirty Life

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Farming | Posted on 19-05-2011

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This week I am reviewing The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food, and Love.

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I knew as soon as I started reading the introduction that I would love it. Her descriptive details of the food were making my belly growl. Kristin and her husband met and fell in love on a farm. They then decided to move to upstate New York and started their own farm where they now try to provide all of the grocery needs of a family (produce, milk, meat, flour, and others).

After reading the book I had a better idea of what I wanted to do with this blog. I loved hearing about their struggles and successes in starting up a farm, and falling in love. I realized that I wanted to hear more from her everyday. So that’s what I’m hoping to provide on this little blog. You will hear about our excitement from getting a new animal, our failures (in just about everything new), and the love that we have for God and each other.

If you enjoy farming books you will love this one.