Preparation for Fall Market: herbs and seeds

We're currently engaging in all of the bureaucracy involved in selling at our local farmer's market. There are a lot of permits to acquire for live plant sales and seed sales. That said, the more fun part of the job is happening now: harvest! I was out early this morning harvesting mint, parsley, sage, and … Continue reading Preparation for Fall Market: herbs and seeds

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Fall Garden

Yep, I'm already working on my fall garden. Our spring planted veggies are still not fully ready for harvest! But such is life if you want to stay on top of things. So that involved screening composted soil from the chicken run. I tell you what, this is year 2, and that stuff is amazing! … Continue reading Fall Garden

Fruit Tree Cuttings Experiment

I had some suckers growing on my peach and cherry trees. Naturally, I thought, "hmm... I wonder..."So I cut off the suckers and decided to see if I could root the cuttings.I frequently do a lot of things intuitively in the garden; whenever I see something that just doesn't look right or seems...off... And although … Continue reading Fruit Tree Cuttings Experiment

Orchids in Bloom

It's that time of year again. Every time the orchids bloom, (or really any of our garden flowers) I find myself enraptured by God's incredible creative power. Just look at the beauty in creation! And to think that even something this unique and beautiful is marred by sin and pales in comparison to its original … Continue reading Orchids in Bloom

What Keeps me Going

I've just sort of accepted the fact that my physical body is temporary. My body is broken and I struggle with chronic health issues stemming from autoimmunity triggered by prescription medications and birth control usage. God has redeemed many of the issues I faced in my initial confrontation with sickness 5 years ago, one of … Continue reading What Keeps me Going

Children on the Homestead

We have 3 kiddos babies. They're 3, 1.5, and 1 month. Babies. As the Mama duck around here, you might imagine it's difficult to wrangle all my ducklings outside while I do gardeney things, and you'd be right. I took everyone outside last week, and it was the first time all 3 of us have … Continue reading Children on the Homestead

Planning for Spring 2018

Here are the things I need to address this winter: Bees- order 3lb package locally Chickens- decide on breed for flock expansion and set up brooders Garden- what to plant and where; seed start area Goats- build shelter; fencing; milking stand; water and feed; medical preparations; get goats Fermentation- start brewing ACV; kombucha; kefir These … Continue reading Planning for Spring 2018

Shaggy Maple Update/ Setting up Your Homestead Business

We received our agricultural sales and use tax exemption ID! Hooray! That will help tremendously with the purchases we have to make in the coming year for structures, (fencing, goat shelter) animal feed, timber and brush clearing, and all of our seed and such. What I would like to do is share with you how … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Update/ Setting up Your Homestead Business

More Winter Work

This weekend we've been focusing on the hugelkultur swale. And by we, I mean I've been telling my husband what needs to get done and he's been doing it... Because the 3rd trimester of pregnancy turns me into a foreman rather than a laborer... Until actual labor happens... Anyway, we had a ton of weeds … Continue reading More Winter Work

Homestead Name and Logo Reveal

My husband and I have been praying on starting a business to help sustain our animal feed costs.  The answer I got came from Proverbs 31:18: She sees that her trading is profitable and her lamp does not go out at night. That among other passages of scripture and much time in prayer led us … Continue reading Homestead Name and Logo Reveal