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Growing Mushrooms

Growing mushrooms is on my mind, it is the perfect season and if the west coast gets the amount of rain predicted, we should bank on that being the perfect year to grow mushrooms…. and make rain barrels but that will be in a separate bog post! On our farm we grow mushrooms in all kinds of ways, because mushrooms have all kinds of ways they benefit things in addition to being edible. They help the soil, they are a...

A new inspiration: growing cotton

In South Carolina I picked cotton and was lured in by this crop. The history, the beauty of fresh cotton and the feel in your hands… The possibilities of all the uses. I found myself picking cotton & humming thinking about the slaves that picked cotton day in and day out. They were farmers just like me. The slaves were the real farmers in the plantation. According to the audio tour I took, they would sometimes sneak off and hunt...

Honoring the thanksgiving turkey

Today is a day that we don’t look forward to but something we have arranged for months. Today we slaughter our turkeys for thanksgiving dinner for families in our community. Since I was a vegan for many years, this is felt by me, whole heartedly. Yesterday we talked to the children about it, although this is not something new for us, every time we honor the animals that we are sacrificing to nourish the families in our community and our...

What is a “Care Farm or Social Farm”?

Since we began farming our slogan has been “Farm feeds soul”. For years I have been working on developing a way to integrate my love of farming with my holistic health background and passion for alternative treatments for our community. We have decided to gear into becoming a care farm ( or sometimes called a social farm) starting as of 2016. Care farming is the therapeutic use of farming practices. Care farms use the whole or part of a farm,...

Raising Navajo churro sheep

The centuries-old Navajo-Churro are known for wool. They have a long, greaseless protective top coat and a soft undercoat. The sheep are toned in 14 colors, from white through every hue of brown, black, and gray. The wool is used primarily for weaving outer garments, rugs and blankets. Lamb fleece wool makes terrific socks and sweaters. Connie Taylor with the Navajo-Churro Sheep Association says they’re a small animal, which means you can have more of them per acre and they...

Getting the minerals back into your soil

Our health is declining as a whole at the same time our food is no longer nourishing us. It’s no coincidence that this coincides with the use of pesticides & commercial farming practices. What I love about biodynamics & permaculture, is that it teaches you how to get minerals back into our soil and therefore our bodies. Here are some tips I have learned along the way! Epsom salt There are many reasons to use Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) in...

Extending the garden season with high tunnels

On our farm we have been able to start our vegetable starts early and extend the growing season. We didn’t really have the money to spend too much on a greenhouse so we decided to make a high tunnel. We made ours for $600 and it’s 20 wide x 48 long. High tunnels offer plants protection from wet, saturated soils and low temperatures in the spring and fall, thereby extending the gardening season. This can translate into earlier maturing fruits...

Buying a whole organic hog

How to buy a whole hog Buying a whole hog from a farm has many benefits. You can save money, buy from a real farm of your choice, low carbon foot print and there is also a huge connection to where your food came from. Many questions come up when we sell our hogs from our farm SucherNova Farm ( suchernovafarm.com) , so I decided to post the information on my blog. About our pigs: We raise red wattles &...

What is a biodynamic farm?

What is Biodynamic Farming? Rudolf Steiner’s Blueprint for farming when our world was realizing that commercial farming was taking a toll on our earth & inhabitants. Biodynamic farming very much focuses on getting the very needed minerals back into our soil & thus our food. As a biodynamic farmer I am constantly reminded that my farm is very much relating with the entire universe as all one organism.  What is Biodynamic Farming?  Biodynamic farming was a concept put forward by...