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About applewoodfarm

Restaurateur, farmer, cheesemonger, beekeeper, wife, mother, dog lover, chicken hypnotizer, blogger, and sometime yogi

Saying Goodbye to Goats

Things have been a little bit more difficult than usual here on the farm of late. Circumstances have caused us to pare back and refine our focus, which is to say that money is tight and we are finding it … Continue reading

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You Can Lead a Duck to Water…

We have roughly 50 chickens living on applewood farm at the moment. Two of these chickens are ducks. The chicken-ducks look like regular ducks, but they hang out with the chickens all day, eat chicken feed, and don’t have any … Continue reading

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Give Bees a Chance

I love bees. Because I love (and respect and admire) bees, I maintain some hives. I am, however, in the category of what one might call “super hands-off” when it comes to manipulating those hives. What this means is that I keep … Continue reading

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That’s Just Peachy

When we established our little farm, we planted a number of fruit trees and bushes. The two dozen raspberry bushes produced fruit the very first year and have continued to expand and produce like crazy.  The five apple trees haven’t … Continue reading

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That’ll Make You Horny

The worst part about keeping goats is ensuring that they don’t grow horns. Goats with horns can be a danger to themselves, to each other, and to their humans.  I’ve heard stories about goats playing and accidentally goring a herdmate, … Continue reading

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Size Matters

“While it is always possible to wake a person who’s sleeping, no amount of noise will wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.” – Jonathan Safron Foer (Eating Animals) We consider factory farmed meat unacceptable. It is unacceptable … Continue reading

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The Boys and the Band

Dot and Janie had their kids this June and, to our dismay, two were boys. When we started keeping goats, we’d decided that the girls would be used for milk and the boys would be used for meat.  It was … Continue reading

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