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Crying Fowl

Since the moment we started farming, we have cheerfully and gratefully taken in rescues and castaways of all descriptions. We started with a flock of Rhode Island Reds we found on Craigslist. Driving almost an hour to collect them, we … Continue reading

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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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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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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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When Goats Fly

I can’t believe I haven’t told you about the goat kids. Life has gotten insanely busy over the past month and there has been precious little time for such lovely frivolities as blog post writing, but it is verging on … Continue reading

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Branching Out

The one mature apple tree on our property needed pruning. Almost three years ago, we planted five apple trees, four pear trees, and a peach tree in various spots around the farm. While these timber babes are starting to need the occasional trim … Continue reading

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Goats, Beautiful Goats

There was a beautiful, sunny day last week. I left work to let the dogs out and check on the other animals and was immediately struck by how lovely everything looked. Something about the angle of the sun and the stillness … Continue reading

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Farmer Dave and the Deep Freeze

When I came home from work last night, Dave was outside working with the animals. As it turned out, Dave had been outside working with the animals for nearly two hours, and he wasn’t quite done. To be clear, dinnertime … Continue reading

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