The rain is wonderful.  The sun is great.  We especially love it when it rains hard like it did yesterday and then is sunny and warm like today.  The grass seemed to grow two inches!  We spent the day outside as much as possible, with various degrees of sunburn to...

Workshop Opportunity

We’ve had the privilege this week of spending a great deal of time with Peter Hirst of New England Biochar.  Peter is probably on of the foremost experts on biochar in the U.S..  He is very knowledgeable about soils and biochar.  Michigan Biochar, with which...

mushrooms

One of Joe’s projects this spring is growing mushrooms.  He’s got 2 or 3 varieties to get going.  Last week the boys worked on the logs for the shitake mushrooms.  This weekend I came across this article about mushrooms.  I had trouble with the video, but...

Grass Raised Chickens – First chickens of the year.

On April 12 we officially had the first chickens out on grass. Well, grass such as it is when the snow has only been off  it a week or less.  We needed to clean out the clearspan building in preparation for our summer production, so these chickens got kicked out and...

Last week I had to make a choice.  I needed some veggies and had the choice of a small local retailer, Willow Mercantile, or Meijer’s.  I had to go to Meijer’s anyway for other things Willow doesn’t have, and I did have several children along.  But...

Sometimes this time in the winter feels like the “dog days” of the season.  The sun yesterday was inspirational, though.  We all got outside, worked on various projects, enjoyed the warmth and UV rays.  The pigs are lazy fellows.  Their house flooded in...

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