Welcome Frank

Welcome Frank

We are proud of our children.  What parent isn’t, I guess?  A couple of weeks ago, on July 2, we added Francis “Frank” Benjamin to the Bunch.  He was a solid 9 lb. 8 oz. and stretched 21.75 in..  He gets as many kisses as he could want daily and gets...
HOT chicks

HOT chicks

With the super hot weather lately, there are different challenges to raising broiler chickens.  These birds are hybrid and have trouble with extremes of weather.  In the past we have lost many birds to the heat despite our best efforts, but we’ve also learned a...
A Boy’s Life

A Boy’s Life

Jim is two. He lives to do what his siblings do, from eating what they eat, to saying whatever they say (sometimes they regret that!), to… Helping with the biochar retort… **** **** **** **** *** Playing with the cow… *** *** *** *** *** and baby...

Sunday night is gear-up night. We’ve found that picking up chickens at night makes the job a lot easier. Chickens (and other fowl) don’t move at night. That makes them easy prey for nocturnal hunters, including chicken farmers. The guys go out after dark,...
Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder

We were talking with Peter Hirst and he mentioned this AMA overlooked disorder: Nature Deficit Disorder. We find that when children come to the farm, they delight in their access to animals, plants, dirt. They love, in a word, nature. I realized today what it means...

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