Our hens are starting to lay

I just went out to gather eggs as my girls are really kicking production into high gear. I have to laugh — I've got one Americauna hen who insists on flying over the coop...

We had a lovely, sunny day in the fifties

It was so wonderful! The sun was shining so brightly I needed sunglasses. And boy, did the snow melt! The entire west side of the goat shed slid off with a roar, dumping three...

The wind’s blowing up more snow

We woke up to lots of snow blowing hard against the windows. Ish! After nice, warm, sunny days this seems awful. But, hey, we do know March is a windy month, right? And we're...

We have a really cool spruce burl log

For those of you who don't know what the heck that is, here's the dope: A log with burls has all these lumps and bumps running down the whole tree trunk, usually caused by...

We’re keeping busy

Since the weather has been really nice — even above freezing and sunny — Will has been finishing up hauling manure from the training ring onto the Sand garden. Meanwhile, Alisha spent several hours...

I canned on my new stove for the first time

What a trip! The stove heated perfectly even though I had to light it with a lighter not the electronic ignition. (Still don't have a pure sine wave inverter … but soon!) The quarts...

Even in the winter our apprentice is learning useful skills

Besides learning to spin wool, son, David, showed Alisha how to run the snowblower. His machine is pretty high-tech with a joy-stick control for the chute, double clutches for the wheels, etc. But after...

We do plan on having a fall homestead seminar

Due to lots of requests, Will and I have decided to do what may be (due to our age, etc.) our last seminar. It will be held August 28th, 29th, and 30th. As usual,...

We’re looking for one or more apprentices this spring

As our seed business is growing and we are getting older, we'd like to open our homestead to an additional apprentice or two. Our wonder-gal, Alisha, now has a boyfriend who has a farm...

Spring is here

Well, almost … kind of. The sun's out and it's 32° F above zero. When I went out this morning to do my chores, I entered the chicken coop and discovered four new eggs....