A Dog to Help Around the Farm

Have you wondered what it would be like to have help with chores on those blustery days when all you want to do is go back inside the house? Having children to help is a blessing, but once they are grown and gone, the chores must be done single-handed. It might be time to look at Rover with new eyes and figure out how he can help with daily tasks. Working with a farm dog … Continue reading

Hoops to House Chickens or Salad Greens

We use these arched structures for different purposes. They are relatively easy for two people to build. My husband could put them together by himself. One year we used a long one to keep salad greens and thyme alive from November until February. The leaf lettuce stopped actively growing in November and resumed growing at the end of February. The months in between the greens were still alive and able to be harvested. Kind of like extended … Continue reading

My Newfangled, Sturdy Chicken Tractor

We’ve had our share of chicken tractors through the years. We started with the Salatin low-to-the-ground style. The birds really didn’t get a fair shake in them. Then we designed a multi-purpose, knock-down range shelter. The sides are panels made of hardware cloth that hook together. The roof is lightweight and easy to remove. This is a great day range house for meat birds, but not easily moved on a daily basis. When I saw this … Continue reading

Farming Without Pain

I’m a 50+ year old woman who is not particularly strong and vertically challenged to boot. Arthritis and lower back pain are becoming chronic. Please join me as I look for ways to reduce the hard physical labor on this small farm, so I can continue farming into my 80s.
There are products on the market today that either reduce the work or are ergonomically designed to prevent strain. All manual labor can’t be eliminated. Using these innovative products can, at least, prevent the painful aftermath. What are these products and where can they be found?
Of particular interest, to me, are small scale agricultural systems that reduce heavy work. Chicken tractors and pigs for tilling benefit the animal’s natural inclinations to scratch and root. Their actions till and fertilize the soil, making less work for the farmer. Sheep grazing in the yard feeds them and eliminates  having to mow. Companion planting to enhance plants growth and protect against disease/bugs saves having to find an organic pesticide. Season extension in the garden gives fresh produce over a longer period and eliminates unnecessary canning and freezing.
Please share any experiences you’ve had. What worked well or didn’t? How would you do it differently?