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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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.

What’s going on around here

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Spring | Posted on 18-05-2011

Today I’m just excited. No specific topic that I’ve been planning- I was just going to let you know what we have going on.

We have 20 chickens enjoying some free-ranging. Which is wonderful but also, unfortunately, includes leaving droppings right outside the back door, and occasionally sneaking in the house if we leave the door open.

In our moveable chicken pen we have 21 barnyard chicks that were born and raised here at our farm. They are now 6 weeks old.

I have just made arrangements for us to pick up 2 Gloucestershire Old Spot barrows next week. They will be coming here to stay for several months & will then be filling our freezer.

We are also trying to prepare to add a Jersey cow to our farm family in the next month. That involves putting up a fence & barn… the planning is under way.

I have been dreaming of having a farm for the past 4 years. I’m just so excited that things are now happening. I look forward to sharing more details with you in the weeks to come.

Spring has Sprung at Purslane Family Farm

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Posted by Angie | Posted in Spring | Posted on 14-04-2011

Along with hatching chicks, we are enjoying many of the other miraculous signs of spring. I captured these beautiful peach blossoms one morning last week. I just love all of the bright colors- pink, green, blue. Spring is definitely in full blossom.