Farmstead Feed: Jill shares the latest from the Farmstead Desk

Summer scenes on the farm

Summer scenes on the farm

Every year is a new adventure on the farm.  Every summer brings it's own challenges and joys.   What's up this summer?  We're still raising our chickens out on pasture in mobile chicken tractor pens and giving them GMO free feed along with the grass and bugs.  We're...

It’s all about who you know

It’s all about who you know

"Do you like doing this job?" Someone asked me this once about chicken processing as I was loading her processed chickens into her car.  That question often comes back as I'm heading into the shop on Friday morning.  Friday is the day we process chickens for other...

Natural Pest Control

Natural Pest Control

We love to grow our garden.We love to eat from our garden. (Mark calls it "drive by eating" when you just eat lunch off the plant.)We even love to share our garden with other people.We do NOT like to share our plants with garden pests who eat the plant or produce...

Anyone Can Farm with spring weeds!

Anyone Can Farm with spring weeds!

Anyone Can Farm weeds! I’ll show you how today.  Beyond a doubt you can procure something for yourself to eat.  You are a natural farmer, you just don’t know it yet.  And this farming probably won’t cost you anything.  It’s the ultimate free lunch.  Salad, at any...

Farmers and Freedom: a Memorial Day reminder

Farmers and Freedom: a Memorial Day reminder

Freedom.  Liberty.  These are important words in our human being.  They are as important to the human spirit as life.  As I write this it is Memorial Day weekend.  For us in the U.S. it’s a time to pause and honor those who have paid the ultimate price for other...

Making butter a superfood: how to make ghee

Making butter a superfood: how to make ghee

Ghee is an ancient practice of clarifying butter to give it a longer shelf life and to increase the digestibility of the fats.  It basically amounts to heating the butter and "rendering" it to separate the water, fat, and proteins.  It stores well on the counter in...

Farm Fence Talk

Farm Fence Talk

"Fences make great neighbors." Every heard that one? Ever chased your cow, pig, goat, or sheep out of your neighbor's yard?  If you've kept animals (or lived next to them), you can appreciate that wisdom. We've built a lot of fences.  We've chased a lot of animals. ...

Farm Wealth Story: for farmers only

Farm Wealth Story: for farmers only

Wealth can be measured by money in the bank.  But a better measure may be abundance of life.  By that accounting, homestead farmers are the richest folks on earth! We were at a lunch with a group of friends not too long ago, and the younger lady across from me with...

Pickled Eggs: a tasty way to preserve the harvest

Pickled Eggs: a tasty way to preserve the harvest

It's eggs season!Who knew eggs had a season?  Hens are one of nature's signalers of spring.  When the days start to lengthen and warm just a little, they go into egg production mode.  They can lay one, and sometimes even two, eggs per day.  After the chill of winter...

Tools of the Trade:

Tools of the Trade:

You've raised your animals with care and love. Now, however, it's time for the freezer. You want to harvest your animals yourself: what basic "tools of the trade" do you need?   Being able to harvest your own animals is an important skill for a...

Business changes, Passion doesn’t

Business changes, Passion doesn’t

The more things change, the more things stay the same. So the saying goes.  Did 2017 bring change for you?  Maybe 2018 is the year those changes are really felt. This year is our year of change.  Our business model is changing.  But our passion is still...

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