Rendering Pork Lard

Lard has a bad reputation, I really wish it didn't! We are big believers in 'nose-to-tail' whole animal butchery, meaning no part of the animal goes to waste just because it may seem 'gross' in our society. Pig fat is an amazing resource that can be utilized and cooked down into lard. Why lard?  It … Continue reading Rendering Pork Lard

Heirloom Tomato Butter

What to do with summers tomato bounty? Canning, freezing, fresh eating, selling and a hundred amazing caprese salads. And also 'Heirloom Tomato Butter.' Adapted from The Kitchn's Recipe, Heirloom Tomato Butter is a delicious and versatile compound butter that will have you enjoying the harvest long after the stars of summer are gone. Heirloom Tomato Butter Makes … Continue reading Heirloom Tomato Butter

What does it cost to feed the farm?

People often ask me what it costs to maintain & feed 29 chickens, 7 ducks, 5 goats, 1 pet pig and 1 donkey. Let me show you. I am the saver between myself & my husband. He lovingly calls me 'the dragon' as I tend to be very frugal with most things. So I like … Continue reading What does it cost to feed the farm?

Welcome to the world, Charli

Less than 48 hours ago one of our does, Cherokee, gave birth to her first kid! She was 8 days past her due date, but this little one was well worth the wait! This was the first kidding we have had here on our farm and this was highly anticipated, and I'm sure one we … Continue reading Welcome to the world, Charli

Cheap food…food for thought

Do you feel a connection to your food? For some years now, even before we began this homestead life, I have tried to become much more conscious about what it took for that food to reach my plate.  Be it an animal product or produce- there was a person, often many, behind the success of … Continue reading Cheap food…food for thought

Chicks and Ducklings as Easter Gifts

Chicks and ducklings do not make good Easter gifts.  Sure they are cute and fluffy, they make cute photo props, they make cute little cheeps...they are also living and breathing animals who have the potential to live long lives and deserve the chance. I was at one of our local feed stores recently and they … Continue reading Chicks and Ducklings as Easter Gifts

A Positive Pregnancy Test!

Back in February our little Cherokee came into heat and bred with Rio.  I really hoped she "settled" and was expecting little baby goats! There are no imediate physical signs and other than not coming back into heat, it's a guessing game!  I came across some livestock pregnancy tests that are accurate 30 days post … Continue reading A Positive Pregnancy Test!