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Raising  pigs

Raising pigs isn’t easy, but it’s well worth it if your willing to give it a try. Pigs have a very important job & I always wonder why all farms don’t have pigs. They use the least amount of water and don’t let anything go to waste on a farm. We use our pigs as our tillers for our garden in the fall. There are some things to consider, first is pigs will rut up everything… So you need to...

Permaculture principles applied

Even if you aren’t a farmer, It’s interesting how you can apply permaculture principles to every aspect of life. Once you have learned these principles, you can really get a feeling how very different commercial foods are grown vs. the beautiful loving way the food is grown on a farm, by a farmer that believes in using these practices. It’s food in the absence of love & care. Here are the 15 principles & 3 core ethics. Permaculture Ethics &...

Shearing day at the farm

A few days ago we got our sheep sheared. It’s a pampering day for the sheep because they get their hooves trimmed as well as dewormed. What we get is healthy, happy sheep and a bunch of wool. So what do we do with our wool? Well this will be the first of many post about all our uses of wool. I save about half our white wool for felting projects that I can natural dye & I will be...

Fall in the Garden, planning for winter

I’m always practicing being in the present moment but with farming, you always need to be thinking and planning for the next season. Which is winter! Autumn is a transitional time for plant and soil life. Summer grasses are losing their vigour and winter grasses are gaining momentum. Dairy and beef farmers choose this time to broadcast out oat and rye seed to give their stock extra feed during the winter. Autumn is the optimal season to be putting out...

Super moon & total lunar eclipse this sunday 9/27/15

It hasn’t happened in 32 years, and won’t for another 18 years: Sunday evening, a total lunar eclipse will coincide with a “Supermoon.”A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth is between the full moon and the sun. The Earth’s shadow covers the moon, which often has a red color, hence the “blood” moon nickname.Although it’s completely in the shadow of Earth, a bit of reddish sunlight still reaches the moon.”That red light shining onto the moon is sunlight that has skimmed...

Making medicinal salves part 2

Making your own medicinal salves for healing skin is easy peasy. But first you will need to infuse your oil. Here is a previous blog on how to infuse oil with herbs. Once you have infused your oil, you can move on to the next step. Herbs: We grow many of our herbs in the garden but when I need to order herbs I order them from Mountain Rose Herbs. Ingredients: • 8 oz herbal infused oil(s) of your choice.  Choose one...

Infusing oils with medicinal herbs

To make salve, you need to make your herbal infused oil(s).  This will take several weeks, but once finished, the rest of the salve making process will only take minutes! Here is a recipe for a skin healing recipe: this recipe is will help with bruises, cut, scrapes,  dry skin, scars and also fungus, so its pretty all purpose. Herbs: We grow many of our herbs in the garden but when I need to order herbs I order them from Mountain...

How to milk a cow or goat

First you need a cow or goat that is lactating, which means she just had a calf and is in milk. You might want to build a stanchion to hold the cow in place while you milk her. We have one for our goats ( HIGHLY recommended for goats) but not for our cow. You might also want to put her on halter & rope to walk her to the stanchion. If you have her with her calf, you will...

How to make cultured butter

How to make cultured butter needed: 1 qt of heavy cream mesh strainer ice water There is something special about making your own butter. We have our own family cow so we have plenty of milk! We wait until we have adleast 2-3 gallons of milk before we begin to collect cream. We also wait for a few days for the cream to rise to the top of the milk so we can get as much cream as possible. Once...