• In Which the Chickens are Finally Free!

    September 12, 2018

    Now that the garden is almost entirely harvested — with the exception of some winter variety carrots, the Walla Walla onions (I don’t want to pull them just yet, since they don’t keep well), the pumpkins and the late corn — we decided that it was time to let the chickens go free from their…

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  • A New Woodshed and a New Knee

    September 5, 2018

    I don’t tend to think of myself or Jasper as complete newbies out here on the farm – we’ve been growing things for going 15 years now!  But in the real farm sense of the word, yeah, we are complete beginners. Take our first woodshed, for example. It’s such a pretty shed.  Made out of…

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  • Three Reasons Your Homestead Could Benefit From a Pond

    August 29, 2018

    This post may contain affiliate links. Click here to see my disclosure page. “All of a sudden I had the revelation of how enchanting my pond was” ~ Claude Monet   When it comes to running your homestead, there’s plenty of work to do.  Not only do you have to maintain your orchard, fields, outbuildings and…

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  • On the Farmstead: We Lucked Out

    August 27, 2018

    I have to say, the term farmstead is really growing on me. So, what has been going on around here, besides the thrice-daily stirring of the apple scrap vinegar?  I’m so glad you asked! First up, that most unruly flock of chickens! Dare I say it?  Well, I’ve said it before, so I guess I…

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  • Fly Away Home

    August 18, 2018

    Life is hard. Scratch that.  It isn’t just hard, it’s really downright shitty sometimes. BeBe died.  Just like that, her burgeoning little life is over, despite our best efforts and intentions. I thought she was doing well, actually, the way she was eating, preening and flapping her wings.  But now, looking back over the too-few days…

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