July has been a real scorcher this year. I mean, to quote my husband, Blue blazes could take a lesson from East Tennessee's July. We've not had a good (or any) rain in coming up on 3 weeks so everything is looking a little dried out and crispy. Which, while those qualities make for excellent … Continue reading Homestead Update
They're here! They're finally here! And if there's one thing I've learned over the last 2 days, it's that no one is quite as jazzed about my goats as I am. But that's okay. I'm gonna tell you about them anyway. There is something miraculous in adding life to the homestead. When we first got … Continue reading Ask me about my goats!
Oh my... It's been all I can think about lately. Goats. We're finally getting goats. It's really happening. Even after they're paid in full, and we've made all the necessary preparations, a part of me is still hesitant to accept that in 2 more days, there will be two beautiful milking does browsing around the … Continue reading Countdown to Dairy Goats!
I had a funny conversation with my oldest. He likes for me to pray with him before bed, asking God to prepare our hearts for the coming day. I mentioned something about mother's day in the prayer and afterward, he asked, "Wait- is it really mother's day tomorrow?" "Yeah," I said. "How can that be … Continue reading Homestead Update: Happy Mother’s Day!
I mentioned how excited I am about getting things prepared for our dairy goats this year. So, I decided it's a great time to do a shout out for the farm we've decided to get our goats from. April, at Higher Ground Herbs and Homestead is fast becoming one of my role models. What first … Continue reading Shout Out: Higher Ground
Well, I'm a little sad. It's just been getting warm enough to pop open the bee hive to check on how they're doing... So, I popped it open for a looksee and, as I feared, the hive was empty. I'm mostly upset because less than a week ago we were seeing plenty of activity. I … Continue reading Homestead Update: Some Sad News, and Some Happy News
Guys, I could cry. And I hate crying, it's gross... Snot everywhere, ugly cry face... Eew. But really. I don't know how it happened that we had such a huge oversight, but we had hammered down resolve to pay off debt and get out from under car payments and "emergency use only credit cards." And … Continue reading No Goats…again…
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
We applied for our agricultural sales and use tax exemption! It's supposed to take about 3 weeks to hear back from the state. I don't really know why I'm so nervous; worst case scenario we're told "no" until we actually sell some of our produce. In other news, we are awaiting to hear from a … Continue reading Shaggy Maple Homestead Update
My son and I have been working to establish the Back to Eden beds along the back of the house and prepare them for spring herb planting. We finally figured out that a greater number of spadefulls of mulch goes faster than trying to rake mulch loose and shovel fewer larger loads with a snow … Continue reading More Fall Preparation