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A Quick Farm Update!

We are off to the races of spring!!!! We have added so much to the farm this year. Some was planned and some fell in our laps but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

We had planned on adding a real garden to the farm this year. Thanks to my Daddy and daughters for dong most of the grunt work of tilling, weeding and de-rocking.

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Then, my mama and hubby helped them fence it off so the feathered farm dwellers would stopping digging it. It looks great now and is all planted and growing.

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Speaking of feathered farm dwellers, we added three more quackers to the mix.

Meet March, Rubber Ducky, and Cutie!

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We also added some more chicks!

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Now to the unplanned additions but just as loved!

A farmer friend gave the girls an orphaned calf. He is doing great and has been named Cocoa.

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Then comes the latest addition of a farm watch dog. Her name is Skye. She is doing great. She lives in the barn with the goats and they seem to be okay with that. She is already taking her job seriously. She let us know when we had an escapee. She is proud of herself as she watches over them.

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Just when you think that is all, we have four mama goats due this year. One should be having her big day this weekend!!!! So more farm baby pictures sure to come!!!!

Great Garden! It’s Almost SPRING!!!!!!

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I hope I’m not the only one who has been bitten by the spring bug! I can’t wait!!!!! I am starting to see some green pop up around the farm which makes my heart happy. I am finally healed up after my winter fall and it feels so good to not be home bound and get outside for some sunshine and fresh air.

This year we have decided to take another leap closer to self-sustainability. After attending the “Mother Earth News Fair” i came home with high hopes of having a real garden this year. Hubby jumped on board right away and the kids got excited too. SO to planning I went!

I started making seed lists and planting grids and writing down everything I could think of doing or wanting. I then found a garden planner in Microsoft office templates. I did some changing to make it fit our needs and away we went.

We started planting seeds indoors a few weeks ago and they are thriving! We converted our old hamster cage which also used to be a fish tank (since our beloved snowball kicked the dust) to a makeshift green house/grow lights.

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So far we have several varieties of tomatoes that have taken off!

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We also have some Chinese cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, a flat of different lettuces, and a flat of several types of peppers. I have also added several plants to my herb garden!

I’ll keep you updated on our adventure and hopefully progress!

 

A Rewarding Week On The Homestead!

This has been a super rewarding week to be on the homestead! I told my husband this morning that it is weeks like this that I am so glad we took the leap to move out of town and homeschool our girls. I feel like they have had so many opportunities to grow and learn this week that they couldn’t have gotten anywhere else.

We started the week off by getting the incubator up and running. HUGE thanks to my Hubby who is electrically inclined and worked out all the kinks with the temp gauge. We put in 12 guinea fowl eggs and 8 chicken eggs. We’ll check them at day 10 to see if they are developing!

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A few days later we found our missing guinea hen and her 24 eggs! I waited until she was up eating and grab one to candle.  I guessed they were about 25 days along. (takes 28 days to hatch)

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I was wrong! Last night when I checked her she had 9 babies! Since guinea fowl are such bad mamas I grab them and brought them in to the brooder.

This morning I found 7 more babies had hatched and three more eggs were in the process. I let her keep four babies but brought the hatching eggs and additional three babies in too. There are still 5 eggs that haven’t shown signs of hatching. I’ll check them again tonight.

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We had a surplus of milk since we are starting to ween the babies off. So the girls have helped make a lot of cheese this week. So far we have cranked out two 2 lb. wheels of cheddar, 1 lb. of garlic and herb feta, and today 2 lbs. of mozzarella.

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A family friend gifted us a bunch of ripe, farm fresh apricots. Audrey helped make and can a batch of apricot jam. She is so excited to show some at the fair this summer!

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Nothing beats life on the homestead! Such a rewarding lifestyle!!!

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