We love how our bees help the rest of our crops grow. It is estimated that bees pollinate between 30-60% of our crops. Without them, we’d lose quite a bit of our variety of fruits and vegetables. That’s one of the reasons we choose to follow organic principles on our farm. Besides not wanting to […]
Beekeeper Steve capturing a swarm by the neighbors. This was a little harder as they settled in the crotch of the tree. The last one we caught looked like a basketball of bees hanging off of a branch. Please don’t spray if you have a swarm near you. Check for a local beekeepers club, they’ll have someone happy to come out and collect the swarm. Save the Bees!
Thankfully, 3 of our 6 hives survived the winter. Here is our bee yard near the back of our property. Steve purchased 3 new packages of bees which he has just installed. Bees come in 2 or 3# packages, or some people buy them as Nucs (which consists of 5 frames with a queen that is already laying). Steve has used both, but hasn’t noticed much difference in how the hive performs. Since the Nucs are more expensive, he chose to go with packages this year.
We choose to let our pigs be.…pigs. They like to root up soil with their noses looking for grubs and roots. They like to wallow in a nice mud bath. They even like to race around on cool summer evenings. All of these activities are what pigs like to do and helps to keep them […]
The pigs are doing great, pasture not so much. Nothing new to those who raise pigs without rings in their nose, pigs like to root and dig. However, when we get them in June or July, we’re in a drier time of year, and it takes them longer to break all the sod. We’ve had an unusually wet spring, so they’ve had a blast rototilling it all up! Not bad really, as this gives us a chance to plant a nice pasture mix when they’re done.
This is where most of your store bought eggs come from. On average, each caged hen is afforded only 67 square inches of cage space, less than a sheet of letter sized paper on which to live her entire life. Because of their close quarters, the birds are stressed pulling out or losing feathers, most […]
Cage-free hens are able to walk, spread their wings and lay their eggs in nests, vital natural behaviors denied to hens confined in cages. Most cage-free hens live in very large flocks that can consist of many thousands of hens who never go outside. Free-range and Organic standards are not much better. They have to have the “ability” […]
Know your farmer, get your meat and eggs from organically-fed and pastured birds that are able to forage, and enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Not only is it a better life for the birds, but superior nutritionally for you as well. Pastured animals have a higher ratio of Omega-3 fats, higher levels of beta […]
Our sheep are rotationally grazed. They are normally in smaller paddocks to allow them to eat an area rather clean, then moved to an adjoining paddock in a day or two. This allows them to eat the fresh, tender new growth, and gets them off that area before they’re able to graze it to the ground which slows the pastures regrowth down. This also allows them to fertilize an area and helps manage parasites.
I was doing chores the other morning when I heard some commotion. I realized that a group of lambs were racing. They would start by their moms, tear up the fence line, gather at the gate for a short rest, and then race back to mom. They kept this up for a number of runs. It was entertaining to watch!
We have chosen to follow *organic principles in stewardship of our land and animals. We have not become certified as it is cost prohibitive. We would prefer to spend our money on certified organic feed instead. This assures us that our animals are not being fed * GMO’s (genetically modified organisms/grains). Why would we want […]
Garlic is a bulb that you plant in fall, overwinter and harvest the following summer. We harvest the scape’s (flowers) in early summer for pesto, and the bulbs in late summer. We hang them to dry, replant the smaller bulbs in fall and enjoy the rest of the bulbs throughout the winter. It’s not only delicious, but so good for you!