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