Life on the Farm

Hello friends! I wanted to stop in and let you know about all the happenings here on the homestead. Grab a cup of coffee and let’s chat!

First and most important, most oh-my-goodness-no-way-yes-way-whaaaaat is…

::drum roll, please::

WE ARE GETTING A COW!

A real live purebred Jersey heifer! ::swoon:: She is the most adorable thing ever and we love her already. She will be arriving here this Sunday afternoon. Happy Mother’s Day to meee!!!

jersey cow

This is just a little glimpse at her. You can bet your bottom dollar there will be more photos and videos, so definitely follow us over on Instagram and Facebook!

jersey cow 2

Next on the roster, PIGS! We figured why not jump right in to this farming thing, no sense in taking our time. Just do it! This weekend, cow. Next weekend, pigs. Three American Guinea Hogs, to be exact. I discovered an amazing local organic breeder who was so helpful and kind. We are getting 1 boar and 1 gilt to breed, and 1 feeder pig for this year’s freezer. It is an amazing feeling to be truly self-sufficient in something. Once our cow is in milk and the garden is producing, the pigs will practically feed themselves, in addition to helping us reclaim our wooded property by girdling trees and tilling the soil. Oh, so much information to cover there, you can be sure to see posts about it later. I don’t have any pictures of them yet, but again, you will be inundated with them in a few weeks. Because, come on, PIGLETS!

seedlings

The garden is still in its baby stages, as our last frost date is near June. I have my seedlings on the windowsill in the schoolroom, which is awesome because it is ginormous with hooks at the top for my grow light. This is a small one which has a broken bulb, but I have a four-footer coming tomorrow.

dead seedlings

My cucumbers, cabbages and broccoli started out fine, sprouting in just a day or two. But then they just withered up and died. Not sure if it was too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry. Any fellow New Englanders out there, do you think it’s too late to start over with them? I’m thinking I’ll just need to hit up a local nursery for some started seedlings when the time comes.

deer fence

We’ve purchased 500 feet of fencing. The hens will free-range no longer. I truly love seeing them out in the fields, with all my heart. But there’s 28 of them. And they love the garden beds. And to do their business on the driveway. And gosh darn it, I want my kids to be able to run through the sprinkler this summer without getting covered in chicken droppings. So we’re fencing in a run. It will be a pretty huge one, with trees and bushes and rotting logs (a good thing if you’re a hen), so they will still be happy. But my heart will be sad. There’s nothing quite like drinking your coffee in the morning whilst gazing out the kitchen window and seeing a group of hens happily scratching in the grass or dust bathing by the pear tree. Sigh.

free ranging hens

That about sums up the big stuff. What big projects do you have going on?

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