We have three new bundles of fluff peeping away at the farm this week. The goslings arrived from Metzer Farms happy and healthy, and so incredibly cute. The geese we currently have are an African and a Sebastopol, and both are very intrigued by the pint-sized bird additions. We got three new varieties this year, starting … More The Goslings are Here!
Ever wanted to get the most out of your potatoes, but the space to grow them was limited? While our garden space has almost doubled, I still find myself wishing I had more area to grow in, and so I decided to try building potato towers this year. There are a few different styles of … More Building a Potato Tower
Baby chicks are very active and curious creatures that are happiest with a lot of stimulus. When you first receive little chicks they are usually quiet and spend much of their time huddled under their light, but within a week they should be bouncing around eagerly. One of the dangers of chicks without anything to … More Keeping Little Chicks Amused
The first spring chicks of 2015 have arrived at the homestead. This year, since we have as many eggs as we really need on a daily basis, I got a bit more creative with the chicken breeds and ordered a few more exotic ones. We’ve got two Brahmas in this batch of chicks – one … More Spring Chicks Have Arrived
For the first time this year, we are dedicating a large garden space to herbs and spices for culinary and medicinal purposes. There are hundreds of herbs which can be grown easily in our climate and produce a wide variety of helpful tinctures, flavors, remedies and teas. There are many overlooked uses for herbs and spices … More Plants with Health Benefits
Once your bees are settled into their new hive, they go to work in earnest on building comb. Not all bee comb is going to produce honey, in fact when a colony starts to make comb it is primarily brood comb. Brood comb is where the queen bee lives and lays her eggs, which propagate … More Making Brood Comb
There are hundreds of chicken breeds out there and it can be hard to know which ones are best suited to your farm, or why a chicken was bred with funny feathers or a bare neck. At our homestead, I like to think that a chicken should be something you enjoy watching as well as … More The Differences Between Chicken Breeds