Here in middle TN, and many other parts of the country, it’s high time to get our fall gardens going. Those of us who haven’t already started our longer season stuff such as cabbage and broccoli will want to either buy some plants, or skip them, but there’s a lot of other stuff that you can grow, Keep Reading
I love telling my readers about farm life. We choose to live this simpler life, on the farm and out in the country, because we love the chance to teach our kids what we value in life.
Living on the farm allows us fresh air, tranquility, beautiful scenery, access to healthy, fresh food and the perfect environment to raise and homeschool our children.
Whether it’s making tallow candles from rendered beef fat, tending to our backyard chickens or ducks, milking our herd of goats, raising beef cattle or working in the garden – farm chores always make me happy! Yes, it’s a lot of work, but I get so much satisfaction from living off the land the way I think God intended.
There’s really not a lot going on down here on the farm these late summer days, other than the normal every day chores - moving the cows, milking goats, feeding chickens… Oh! And making a ridiculous amount of pickles. One things for sure, we won’t starve this winter - even if all we eat is Keep Reading
You’ve probably heard that it’s difficutl to make butter with goat milk. Well, I don’t know if dificult is the right word, but goats sure don’t produce a lot of cream, so there’s no way we could make enough to cover our family’s needs. Still, as long as we’ve got the milk, we might as well make Keep Reading
We've barely gotten any gardening done this spring. I found myself stressing about it for a while. After all, we're supposed to be growing as much if our own feed as we can, but then I realized, it's okay. This year is just not our year for gardening. In fact, for us, putting more of our Keep Reading
Welcome to May! This new month has definitely brought a lot of busyness to the farm. The grass is finally growing well, so setting up daily cattle paddocks has been added to the daily chore list. Not that we mind, it’s nice to have the cows back on fresh grass every day. We’re also milking Keep Reading
Weaning is never pleasant for anyone involved. For the kid, well, he thinks it’s the end of the world at first. After all, he’s never been more than a few feet away from his mother during his short lifetime. A fact which is very handy for me. If he wasn’t in the habit of following Cinnamon around Keep Reading
After an entire day of rain yesterday, the ground is a bit soggy this morning. Okay, a lot soggy. But that’s good, we farm folk love rain. It makes things grow, and we really, really need some grass growth. Our cows have been on a diet of hay all Winter (and it’s been a long Winter!) which has many Keep Reading
In a day when a large portion of grocery expenses are tied up in the fuel it takes to get food from point A to point B, it seems obvious that local options should not only be more economical, but fresher, healthier, and better for the environment as well. What better way to be local than to produce Keep Reading
As I’ve been thinking about writing this, I’ve been doing a little research (otherwise known as googling) into what others have to say on the subject. Maybe it’s because our Internet has been crawling along at a snail’s pace, making the research painfully slow and boring, but I have been completely Keep Reading
It’s garden time again, woohoo! My brother is building some really nice raised beds for mom and fam. Well, given that I just finished turning over some ground to plant peas, those raised beds looked awful nice to me. Immediately, I began devising a way we could do something similar. Let’s see… Keep Reading