Category Archives: Farm

Playing Arborist

We recently visited a nursery to research what kinds of trees we might plant in the pasture to grow a little shade for the goat and sheep. It has to grow fast and do well in full sun, dry stretches … Continue reading

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Summer Preserving Projects

My husband and I both delight in growing and preserving our own stuff, and July is a high month for that activity. Today’s post is about Joe’s projects. He saw something on Pinterest about making sour cherry brandy and as … Continue reading

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ZOOM World

The world we live in now has changed in so many ways. It seems like we adapted overnight to the constraints of meeting remotely. My laptop microphone didn’t seem to be up to the task. When I was in meetings … Continue reading

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Woes of an Orchard Farmer

The problem is, I am not really a farmer, in that I don’t know much about what I am doing. It is all trial and error, lots of error. I do read the instructions when I can find them, but … Continue reading

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First Garlic

This is our first experience harvesting garlic, and what a haul! My husband planted it last October, and let it sit all winter and spring. Finally, you dig it up after the leaves begin to brown, wash it off, and … Continue reading

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Vine Patrol

I’ve been on a new quest this summer, to destroy the wild vines that creep their way up our woodland trees and strangle them as they reach for the best sunlight in the canopy. Some are poison ivy, some Virginia … Continue reading

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Catalpa Blooms

I love our one large tree, the catalpa we saved from the mow-down ten years ago when we created the wildflower prairie.  It grew so fast that it now dwarfs the house and in June it dazzles us the most … Continue reading

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Lazy

We moved my hammock from the barn porch to the back yard under our one big tree. Suddenly, I find myself lying in it every day, rather that two or three times per summer. I feel a bit self-indulgent but … Continue reading

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Springtime Trial and Error

Dot and Cookie, the new lambs in the barnyard, are adapting pretty well. They seem to have bonded with the goat, although he throws his weight around more than I’d like. He crowds them away from their breakfast, and yesterday … Continue reading

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Some New Stuff

My husband has been creating things while we are trapped at home. (Trapped from his point of view, blissfully home from mine.) He ordered blueberry and raspberry bushes this year to add to our perennial crops. The blueberries were local … Continue reading

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Fighting Worry

I think anxiety breeds more anxiety, and these crazy times threatening illness and loss are getting to me. I try to keep my head down and focus on the farm, limiting my exposure to the news, but worries seep in … Continue reading

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Mineral Block and Lamb Video

When I finish using up the goat-only feed, I’ll put out the sheep-goat mixture for everyone and I’ll have to provide the extra minerals, (particularly copper), that are needed only by the goat. In preparation for that, I bought a … Continue reading

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Watching for a Bond

I am very hopefully watching my three wards for signs that they may develop some bonds of affection. Certainly, the sheep have that with each other. You’d think there was a short invisible rope between them because when one changes … Continue reading

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Spring Dying

My goats are four years old, so I have 8 sessions under my belt of dying their sheared mohair. The first few times I was so careful and methodical about it, checking and double checking all the instructions and taking … Continue reading

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Spring Maintenance

Working on maintenance tasks is good for holding onto a feeling of control in the midst of …not that feeling. There is plenty of that kind of activity on a farm, lucky for me. My horse chestnut tree has buds … Continue reading

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Making Masks

Staying at home and sequestered on the farm during this pandemic is very easy for me, and I am finding myself feeling guilty for being comfortable and at ease while people are suffering so much, elsewhere. My only means of … Continue reading

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Self-Quarantine

We’re not sick, but we are semi-quarantined at home like most people. This is probably easier out in the country than it is in town, much less in a city. We have lots of things to do outside and plenty … Continue reading

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A Computer Scare

Let me preface this story with a little disclaimer. I spent the majority of my career in Information Technology, first as a programmer, (a task which I loved), and later as a manager of coding teams and eventually as an … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day Boost

Someone told me that today is Groundhog Day, when I commented on the welcome change of sun bursting through the clear blue sky. I guess that is bad news because that sleepy old rodent will see his shadow and scurry … Continue reading

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Bluestem Pond at Dawn

As the days begin to lengthen almost imperceptibly, I find myself surprised to see daybreak coming earlier each week. It makes me think about the early humans and how they figured out that the seasons were swinging back into the … Continue reading

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