How to Treat Common External Problems in Sheep : Hoof Problems (Shepherding Series Installment Four)

Last month we laid the groundwork and frame for discussing the external common problems faced by shepherds and sheep. To read that post – Click Here. Following that framework we are starting off with Hooves. This month we are heading into the actual problems and how I treat them. While I may be a seasonedContinue reading “How to Treat Common External Problems in Sheep : Hoof Problems (Shepherding Series Installment Four)”

The Chickens, The Dogs, and the Garden Hose – Our Third Night Ever on Our First Homestead

I thought it would be a good week for a funny story. Enjoy! Our first three nights in August at our first homestead were quite peaceful. Mommy and I spent several days, with the help of the Baker Flock, building a coop for our 31 young chickens. At the time my bitties were only 7Continue reading “The Chickens, The Dogs, and the Garden Hose – Our Third Night Ever on Our First Homestead”

This Week: Almost Spring

I can hardly believe March is here already. Just last week we had snow and ice blanketing the farm. This Week our pastures are beginning to come alive again. With the warming weather has come our yearly spring rains. They were heavy enough to send our cattle looking for shelter. We were fortunate to haveContinue reading “This Week: Almost Spring”

Spring Thaw – This Week – 02/21/2021-02/27/2021

Last week it felt like a world of ice and snow had moved into the Cove forever. I wore my flannel lined jeans until they could do chores on their own. I worried over our little kids out in the barn and my older hens. But this week…. This week the spring thaw began. PleaseContinue reading “Spring Thaw – This Week – 02/21/2021-02/27/2021”

Housing Sheep – Shepherding Series Installment Two

Welcome back to the shepherding series. Today we are exploring the options for housing sheep. If you would like to watch the accompanying video, please do. There are two common options for where sheep live, at least in most areas. They can either be out on pasture or sleep in a secured barn at nightContinue reading “Housing Sheep – Shepherding Series Installment Two”

Feeding Sheep – Shepherding Series Installment One

Welcome to the first installment of the Shepherding Series. This series of post and videos is intended to give first time shepherds or those thinking about becoming shepherds an overview on how to care for sheep. To watch the accompanying video, please click here Feeding Sheep Video When I moved to the farm in 2014Continue reading “Feeding Sheep – Shepherding Series Installment One”

Jing Orange Okra from Baker Creek – An Overview

Watch the video to see more I love okra. Growing up in Florida okra was one of the easiest crops to grow over the long summer season. I well remember Papa picking it so I wouldn’t get itchy from the mature plants and Mimi patiently frying it. The restaurant we frequented most was Po Boy’s.Continue reading “Jing Orange Okra from Baker Creek – An Overview”

Raising Goslings in a Danger Zone

My last trip to see my grandmother shortly before her death in 2008 also involved geese. She had moved to a house that had a shared pond and a few geese. It was then that she taught me how to handle and tame geese and I asked lots of question about them. It was the last piece of farming and traditional skills she left to me. So, when I was given a mean old gander and two hens as a farm warming present in 2014 by my neighbor I was elated.

Staking up Corn After the Storm

Even here in Serenity Cove, nestled in Seven Springs Hollow between two high ridge lines lined with towering beech trees and ancient virgin oaks Cristobal took a toll. We had a minimal amount of downed limbs and items blown around. Our real issue is that the steady winds laid our corn down.