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Did You Know – National CSA Day and More

It’s been a busy day here with warmer weather following the cold we’ve been having. Today was designated national CSA day – supporting those who, like us, have offerings for Community Supported Agriculture. For the weekend, we’re offering a special FREE book to help folks make the most of their CSA share and beyond the […]

Story Behind the Meme – Small Farms

Some time ago I made a couple of photo memes that I share from time to time. I thought I’d take a few minutes to share why it was made, as some are offended by it. It’s a slam on large farms, or it’s a negative. It’s reality. The first one is one intended to […]

Exchange Programs for Americans

I was reading an article about the best (and worst) places to live – determining factors was income, college degrees, obesity rates. A part of a comment in the comment section had an idea that folks could do voluntarily, if serious about understanding. “I think we need exchange programs in this country to allow Americans […]

How Are Chicks Shipped?

It’s nearing spring and with it comes chicks and seedlings! Today we had a sponsored order arrive of some pullets and, with a special deal, 50 meat chicks (which have turned out to be Buff Orpingtons). They were hatched in Ohio and shipped to us yesterday, arriving this morning. Because we are listed with the […]

Everyday Learning Experiences

No matter where we are, or what we do, there are many points that we often don’t think of it being unusual. When shared with someone else, it can be an interesting point of view. Recently a friend of Connor’s stayed over, and the understanding was that things on “the list” had to get done. […]

Cold Weather Preparations

While it’s common in the south to deal with hot weather, winter cold brings challenges too.While it’s not unpleasant now, by Wednesday it will be very cold for the south – with single digits and near zero wind chill predicted. Many things in the south are not build like northern areas. Water pipes aren’t buried […]

Happy New Year 2015

I skipped the year end wrap up this time, as 2014 held some good times and some sad times. We lost Bess, Blue and Shadow. The home place was paid off, ‘the office’ arranged on contract and Belle joined us. Life shifted in many ways and as it’s mostly Connor and I now, it alters […]

Natural, Vegetarian and Other Chicken Labels

If you’ve browsed comment sections and other online forums you’ve probably seen claims for all natural chicken. Vegetarian chicken. Hormone free chicken. Usually it’s wrapped up in a description of cruelty free. Except natural, vegetarian and chicken is not cruelty free. It distorts the very being of the chicken. Demanding we let chickens be natural […]

Holy Hot Peppers – Sweet!

When most people go to the store they see, typically, a few types of peppers. Sweet peppers are the common “California wonder” bell pepper in green, red or yellow, and hot peppers are jalapenos. Sometimes banana peppers are available. The canned food section may have chilis, or dried chili or cayenne peppers. Most people aren’t […]

Why Should We Care About Food Security?

Have you ever felt like you’re living in a time warp? Food security is something most Americans have not had to concern themselves with. Indeed 15-20 years ago few even wanted to talk about food. Food and farming? Meh – boring. Go to the grocery store and be done with it. “But wait…did you know […]