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.

Protecting Tender Volunteer Seedlings from Frost

As we approach our last frost free date the temperature has hit upwards of seventy degrees for over two weeks with over cast days in the forties and fifties. This herald of fine spring weather has spurred some lovely volunteers to sprout in the garden. I’ve found over the years that my volunteers are someContinue reading “Protecting Tender Volunteer Seedlings from Frost”

Planting Peas

Peas are not one of my favorite things to eat. However, they sell well at the farm market, and they make a wonderful secondary feed crop for the sheep and cattle over winter. Thankfully, we can get two crops in for both the table and the hay loft. This year I’m growing a generic gardenContinue reading “Planting Peas”

Planting potatoes in Our Ruth Stout Bed

It’s finally warm enough to plant our potatoes! Red Pontiac are my absolute favorite potatoes to grow and eat. This is my third year growing them in a Ruth Stout bed. I try to disturb the bed as little as possible. In a few days well add a shallow topping  of mulch to kill offContinue reading “Planting potatoes in Our Ruth Stout Bed”

Calling in the Sheep

I was hoping to do a meaningful farm update this week, but I’ve been ill. Actually, I’ve been ill and struggling to keep up with everything for a few months. My body is finally at the point I have no choice but to rest. I do have Monday’s Musings coming out tomorrow. But, today, IContinue reading “Calling in the Sheep”

A Death Well Lived

My sweet old hen Cordelia is dieing. She has a fatal chicken condition know as water belly. Basically, her liver is shutting down coupled with congestion heart failure. She’s an indoor hen now that her mate Kang is gone. She has no one to protect her while roaming the farm. I’ve had to take overContinue reading “A Death Well Lived”

Flash Flooding YouTube special

Watch Here We had out second major flood of the winter on the night of December 29th into the small hours of December 30th, 2019. As usual our driveway is gone. The flood waters laid our fences over in the front pastures. Thankfully we had no real damage to the rest of the farm. OurContinue reading “Flash Flooding YouTube special”