Pulling the Blog Back on Track

When I began this blog three years ago, I’d recently lost my husband. His death meant many changes. This lifestyle had always been my dream. My husband was, at first, a reluctant partner with the muscle. Then, farming in retirement became his dream. I wondered how my adult daughter and I would be able to carry on the work of this small farm without his help. There are some universal challenges we face as we age, but … Continue reading

Fodder Webinar February 17, 2014 – Don’t Miss It!

There might be some confusion when you view the page the link takes you to. In order to register, you must click the “OK” button which is located toward the bottom right of the screen. February 17, 2014. 1:00 PM. Sprouting Fodder Webinar. Sprouting barley and other grains for dairy cows (and other livestock) is not a novel practice, but has gained more popularity in the past few years as grain prices rise and farmers … Continue reading

From Hershey to Headband

Whether you live on a city lot or a million acres, you can always keep a few rabbits. I raised them for our table when we lived in town. They are quiet and won’t disturb the neighbors. If you choose one of the angora breeds, the luxurious fiber can be made into beautiful and practical garments. Last year we added French Angora rabbits as a complement to our Shetland sheep. One of our bucks is … Continue reading

Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: Using Yogurt as a Base

Okay, I’m back from an extended, although, unintended break. Planning the posts in this series has been problematic for me. First, I thought following the progression of breakfast, lunch, dinner made sense. Then, I thought about what areas are the easiest to find alternatives for to give instant success and what areas are the most difficult. I’m now at, for me, a difficult area. Mayonnaise, salad dressings, dips and sandwich spreads from the grocery store are rife … Continue reading

Winter Has Dealt a Few Blows

Winter has been magnificently beautiful and simultaneously cruel this year and kept me too busy to read the blogs I enjoy or to share things I find interesting. Chores take a lot longer when it is so cold that they can’t be completed at one go. The situation has been further complicated by drifting snow in my path to the sheep. So, between taking a break to warm up from the cold or rest up … Continue reading