So I may have mentioned that our family has had some chaotic shifts in schedule and routine the last few months. Actually, from about the end of April, all summer long, we've been in a survival mode. I'm whipping things back into shape as we've begun our homeschooling year and summer is coming to a … Continue reading Wednesday Weekend
Today was our hoof trimming day. I tell ya what, it's my least favorite part of goat ownership. But we just don't have enough rock for them to file down on their own. The rock we do have doesn't seem to do the job, nor does cinder block, but I haven't given up on the … Continue reading Homestead Update: Feet, Foraging, and Fiber
It's that time of year! The flowers are blooming, and we're foraging and harvesting to get some of that fresh early spring goodness in our bodies. And, sick as I am of hearing about a virus, all the more reason to load up on vitamin C rich greens and to be out in the sunshine … Continue reading Wild Violet Jelly
I'm a huge fan of perennials because they're generally hearty, difficult to kill, and low maintenance. However, I'm really good at growing them... Like, too good. I mean the silly things take over!! Incidentally, I also love "forage food" and "wild edibles". So in order to cater to both issues, I determined to grow extra … Continue reading Forage Food: Hostas
As our 2nd year with chickens comes to a close, I figured I'd share our assessment with you; what we found profitable, what we found to be wasteful, etc. In particular, this post will focus on the pros and cons of free-ranging. We'll start with the positives first. Pros Saves money on feed- this should … Continue reading Pros and Cons of Free-Ranging Chickens
We have so many hickory trees on our property we're seriously considering cutting some down to use for lumber. However, we also really love that we get a ton of nuts without really having to do anything but gather them. So, that's what we have been up to. The trees are all well established and … Continue reading Hickory Nuts!