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It’s A Farmhouse

Now I know why it’s called a farmhouse. Because a lot of farming happens inside the house. I have found living creatures in my shower, and so much stuff happens in our garage that I’m afraid to park a car inside. Afraid the tires might stick to the floor and the car would have to ...Read more

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Chickens Are Like Potato Chips

Chickens are like potato chips. Once you have a handful, you want another handful. When we started keeping laying hens several years ago, we often used our spare time to simply watch them socialize, eat, forage, lay eggs and roost. As we added more animals and diversified our farm, the concept of "spare time" became ...Read more

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Yes, Honey, The Pot’s Half Full

[caption id="attachment_483" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Crimson Clover surrounds beehives[/caption] How does it feel to be embarrassed by your assumptions? A little sticky, truth be told. Recently in a blog, we lamented the loss of our bees over the winter, and how this beekeeping thing was mostly a big fat flop. Then came the sticky part: when ...Read more

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Honeybees: A Sticky Study in Frustration and Fascination

[caption id="attachment_486" align="aligncenter" width="700"] This honeybee is collecting nectar from a field of Crimson Clover on our farm.[/caption] So far our big fat beekeeping endeavor has been a big fat flop. We have experienced just about every phase of beekeeping except collecting honey, which is like saying you're an equestrian who has done it all--except ...Read more

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A Goat, Chicken, Dog Story

[caption id="attachment_466" align="aligncenter" width="604"] Loretta (left) and temporary companion Lorilei at new farm home in Michigan[/caption] One man.  An aging, incontinent dog. A pregnant goat. Six rowdy chicks. All traveling together for 15 hours across America's heartland from North Carolina to Michigan. It was a mission for a family beginning a new sustainable farm, but ...Read more

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Chickens rule the roost

Chickens are more like people than you think. We've been raising them for a few years.  In the beginning, we often used our spare time to simply watch them socialize, eat, forage, lay eggs and roost. Now that we have little spare time, our interaction with them is more limited, but we know them well. ...Read more

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Goat Breeding 101; Nubians to New Beings

[caption id="attachment_429" align="aligncenter" width="300"] "Lacy"[/caption] Our first farm breeding experience (not counting winged inhabitants) started with a Callaway golf towel rubbed over "Mr. Fields'" face and ended with an artificial insemination that made a 20-foot putt look easy. The smelly towel was a mood setter. To a female goat, the smell of a buck is ...Read more

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Triage in the barn! What next?

Dr. Dolittle I'm not, but it did feel like animal triage in the barn Sunday night. There was "Mr. Big," our miniature Appaloosa, being confined to a stall while his front feet healed.  He was suffering from a mild case of laminitis, a painful inflammatory condition of the tissues that bond the hoof wall to ...Read more

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A Farmer’s New Year’s Resolutions

--Stop opening mouth while cleaning horses' and goats' feet. (Flying pieces of hoof, dirt and manure are common.) --Don't believe any weather forecast other than the Farmers' Almanac. (In fact, you're better off assuming that if rain is in the forecast, it won't rain but if sunshine is in the forecast it will rain.) --Don't ...Read more

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Dammit, “Little Dove,” Why Wouldn’t You Listen?

Bad things can happen to good animals. We promised ourselves we wouldn't get into writing obituaries for every animal that dies on the farm. With nearly 100 living here today, your patience--not to mention interest--would soon be spent. But this week's loss bears some note, not just because we got a little close to her, ...Read more

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How We Roll
Farm Star

Our honeybees forage on a variety of crops planted on the farm, as well as native species of trees, plants and weeds.

We have many visitors to the farm each year. No visit is complete without some goat petting. When it's blueberry-picking season, the goats love culled berries.

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