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
We have been BUSY on the homestead the last few weeks. This is of course a good thing for a lot of reasons. First, we successfully grafted a buckling to our 3/4 Guernsey doe, Honey. She was a skeptical adoptive mama at first, but we were correct in guaging her maternal drive to protect and … Continue reading Homestead Update: Goatzz Page!
We've reached a standstill with preserving our harvest. As I'm sure many of you have as well, we've encountered a mason jar shortage. That means all those honey jars and pasta sauce jars I've saved over the years are being put into service. And praise God I bought brands that are compatible with regular mouth … Continue reading Homestead Update
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'm one of those ADD homesteaders... Not only can I not seem to focus on one task at a time (spaghetti brain) but I also constantly ADD to my already lengthly list of to dos...see what I did there? So I've been asking God to order my days. Following the moon cycles actually helps this … Continue reading Homestead Update
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