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Goat Milk?

Janie The Precocious Goat is still making milk. Back at the beginning of May, I wrote a piece about Janie making milk without having been bred (you can read that post here: http://applewoodfarm.wordpress.com/2014/05/04/shes-not-kidding/).  At the time, we really didn’t know whether … Continue reading

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These Chicks Have Two Mommies (or, It Takes a Village)

One by one, our hens have gone broody over the past two months. Fifteen new chicks have joined our flock in that time, hatched from four broody mamas. And now there are even more. These new chicks came from a clutch of … Continue reading

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How to Hard Cook an Egg

We harvested our garlic today. Garlic is one of the few crops that seems to require almost no farming experience, to say nothing of its self-sufficiency. You don’t need to weed garlic; heck, you don’t even need to water garlic. … Continue reading

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Ripe for Renewal

Growing up, I had two brothers and three first cousins with whom we were very close.  The six of us didn’t see one another very often, but when we did get together, it was fun and familiar and the connections … Continue reading

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What’s Eating You?

Everythings seems to be disappearing. So far this month, we have lost seven chickens, three rows of beet greens, and four rows of rainbow chard.  All just gone. Now, we know that the first three chickens were eaten by foxes, … Continue reading

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Girls’ Night Out

We are still in a chick-hatching place at applewood farm these days. Our egg numbers have been down for about a month due to Excessive Broodiness.  Six of our hens have gone broody thus far: one hatched two chicks, one hatched … Continue reading

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Promises

The past couple days have been unusually chilly, overcast, and drizzly.  Surprisingly, the gardens seem to be thriving in this unexpected gloom; the herbs and vegetables are taking off in a big way, and the promise of a sizable harvest … Continue reading

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A Happy(ish) Ending

If you happened to read my post from yesterday, The Sacrifical Chicken , then you’ll know that we endured some strife at applewood farm in the form of a midday fox attack. Now, I’ve never before written a follow-up to a post, … Continue reading

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The Sacrificial Chicken

I’ve always enjoyed seeing foxes. They are beautiful and wily and move with the swift grace of a dancer.  They seem so much like some wonderful cat-dog mashup that I always forget they are really bloodthirsty, chicken-slaughtering fiends. Until they strike.  Which they … Continue reading

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Spring Queening

Because one of my bee hives did not survive the bitter cold winter, I am learning to split the surviving hive.  The goal here is to both try to avoid a swarm and to start a new hive to replace … Continue reading

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