Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

Farming with ducks and dairy goats, chickens and children.

What was I thinking?

There’s no good excuse.  I guess I just got carried away.  Because the summer garden was finally planted (except for the root crops which prefer a 3rd quarter moon).  The raised beds in the side pasture were filled with compost in preparation for the vine crops (2nd quarter moon in Scorpio).  The chicken accessories were [...]

Primordial Ooze

Snow is a fleeting beauty.  Tree limbs iced with fluff.  Pristine stretches of white in the meadow.  Delicate flakes against the windowpane.  Intricate ice designs on the pond.
But then they cancel school.  Sigh.  And the hose to the automatic waterer in the barn freezes.  Sigh.  And the chickens refuse to come out of the coop, [...]

A Year in the Life of Tomatoes

December–This is the month for flipping through seed catalogs and choosing from incredible tomato varieties like Green Zebra and Cherokee Purple.  No store bought tomato plants for me.  The neighbors will be in awe and the children filled with wonder by our unique and amazing tomatoes.  Imagine the sweet, juicy taste [...]

King of the Mountain

There are some serious advantages to being a farm kid.  I don’t mean cleaning the coop in exchange for 30 minutes on the computer or getting paid 75 cents for every hour spent clearing the winter’s fallen branches out of the woods.  No, those are just the part of the everyday benefits.  Here we have [...]

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