Category Archives: Small Farms

Are you about to be a Clueless Farmer?

I know it’s been a while since I shared anything about how clueless a farmer I am. Would it help if I let you know I just sowed some collards and mustard seeds in my garden yesterday? In mid-October? In … Continue reading

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The Three “Rs” of Farming: Weeding, Writing, and Relationships*

*Reprinted with permission from Homestead.org, with the title Learning Curves on Rural Roads: Three Lessons for Every Homesteader. Way back in 2011, when my husband and I ditched our rat-race city lives to lead a “simple” life in the country … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of a Microfarmer

That photo on the left is me after digging potatoes during a heatwave in June. But this year, when hasn’t there been a heatwave? And yet there is work to do outside, even when the radio blares advisories to stay … Continue reading

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The Chicken Tender

Way back when we were beginning farmers in 2011, we rarely rose with the chickens. We took to shutting the windows at night so we wouldn’t hear our roosters crow at dawn, and even strategically placed the coop away from … Continue reading

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A long, dry, spell.

It’s been a long dry spell. This week we saw our first rain in over six weeks. The last rain corresponded with my last blog post, so it must be time to write again. To be honest, these past few … Continue reading

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The secret(s) to succulent pastured chicken

It’s snowing today, we’ve got 128 peeps in the brooder–see them in their peeping glory here, we finished our spring cleaning yesterday, and I’m thinking roast chicken for dinner. (Out with the old frozen chicken, make way for the new!) … Continue reading

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The stuff dreams are made of

You might not usually think of winter as the exciting season on a farm, but that’s probably  because the sight of a very large truck driving across your back four acres billowing 9.1 tons worth of clouds of a powdery … Continue reading

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