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?
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
Happiness is finding one last pound of your homegrown bacon at the bottom of the freezer! I thought all of the bacon had been eaten months ago...but I found the very last pound of smokey, salty goodness hiding under a meat chicken. As I was cooking the bacon to add to dinner tonight, I realized … Continue reading Home Cured Bacon
I haven't been very good about updating the blog. Between our Facebook page, Instagram account and this blog...I wonder if it's overkill. I wonder if people care to hear & see it all. So the blog gets neglected. But we do have some new faces around the farm these days. Allow me to introduce you. … Continue reading New faces on the farm
Most of our days are great, but every so often, sad things happen. Nothing major, just the realities of farm life & raising livestock. The other day my husband & daughter went on a breakfast date. I asked them to bring me something home. I meant a yummy breakfast treat, but instead they brought me … Continue reading Farm life: sad truths
Initially, I wanted no part of the butchering. I told my husband, I'll raise them & cook them...but you can do the in-between parts. He was adament about doing it himself, rather than sending the pigs off to a butcher to do the job, and so he started doing his homework on where to start … Continue reading Why we butchered our own pigs