Archive for the ‘Farm’ Category

Oh my goodness the last few weeks have been BUSY! You may have been able to tell that based on the lack of blog posts. So much has happened: pigs taken to the processor, springtime work completed, but today I’m going to focus on the new life that’s joined the farm this week. Piglets Born […]

Read Full Post »

Last Week to Order Hog Share!

This is your last week to order a hog share as reservations must be in by this Friday, April 7th. Visit our hog share page now to place your reservation!

Read Full Post »

This Saturday we’ll be open from 12pm to 4pm. No need to schedule an appointment, just come on out and stock up on all our great farm fresh goodies! Be sure and check out all the special offerings this weekend like chicks, ducklings, and hog share signups! Chicks and Ducklings This Saturday, Lauren from Boot’s Shire […]

Read Full Post »

It’s spring! In typical springtime fashion, temperatures are about freezing this morning, but we should have a high of 64 today. As the weather warms up, our outdoor chore list is exploding. We have so many exciting things to do, and finally the weather is nice enough to do them! Here are the adventures from […]

Read Full Post »

We are expecting our first major snowfall tonight, with 8-12″ forecast. I’m thankful we’ve made it until March before getting some major snow. I am also thankful our worst case scenario is 1 foot of snow, not 3 feet like we experienced January 2016. We had a few preparations to make before the snowfall, one of […]

Read Full Post »

This week’s nice weather has brought out all the farm helpers pictures above: Noah, Ghost, and Rebecca! This past Saturday was a busy one at the farm store. Many people came by to see Lauren of Boot’s Shire Homestead and the chicks she had for sale! Remember she’ll be back with chicks and ducklings on […]

Read Full Post »

We are now accepting orders for half and whole hog shares for our next batch of pork. Hog shares are an amazing way to order the exact cuts you want, and get the pork at a discount! Fill your freezer with delicious farm-raised pork, and enjoy it all summer long. The pigs are going to […]

Read Full Post »

Farm Store Open Saturday The farm store will be open tomorrow, Saturday March 4th, from 12-4pm. Come by to scoop up fresh eggs, pork, soaps, and more! Chicks will be for sale, too. Address and directions are here. Hog Shares We are now accepting reservations for half and whole hog shares for our next round of […]

Read Full Post »

The farm store is open this Saturday from 12-4pm. If you’ve been wanting to stop by the farm and see the animals while stocking up on some goodies, this is the time to do it! No appointment needed, just come on by! We have just 2 barrow American Guinea Hog piglets left for sale from our […]

Read Full Post »

Rabbit Hides for Sale

When we process rabbits for meat, we take pride in using all parts of the animal. That includes the hides of the rabbit. Tanned Hides We have a supply of rabbit hides we have processed and tanned that are available for sale. These hides are $30 each, with discounts on bulk purchases. The tanned hides […]

Read Full Post »

Senior Rabbit Doe for Sale We have more breeding does than breeding cages right now, which means someone has to go. Banana is looking for a new home to grace with her good mothering skills and productivity! Born here on 7/12/2015, Banana is a chocolate rabbit that carries the dilution gene for blue/lilac (bbDd). We […]

Read Full Post »

The adventure of this week was when one of the American Guinea Hogs escaped from the pen! On Wednesday morning I looked out the window to find Hillary rooting around the front yard, right outside the house. Let’s take a quick look at how this happened and what I did to fix it. The Back Story […]

Read Full Post »

Wind Damage We are thankful we had no notable damage from the significant wind that swept through the region this week. The worst we suffered was that a tarp tore on the rabbit hoophouse, and a small hoophouse feed area cover flipped over. Trouble is, when the small hoophouse flipped the goats walked on it. […]

Read Full Post »

The prevailing wisdom when starting a rabbit breeding operation for your own meat consumption is to start with a trio of 2 does and 1 buck. Rather, we recommend starting with a quartet of 3 does and 1 buck. Using our own personal experience, plus running the numbers of meat production, let me explain why we […]

Read Full Post »

Another wintry week has passed! This one had record high temperatures, though, so we are thankful for the mild winter weather. We try to cut back to “maintenance mode” in winter with no special projects, but things always pop up. That’s when we really appreciate the mild winter weather! Since it’s not too frigid outside, […]

Read Full Post »

In Part 1 of this series I posted the considerations we take into consideration in our pig housing. In Part 2 I detailed the first pig houses we made. Today in Part 3 I will detail our second pig house design, a hoophouse! Here are some prior posts about hoophouses for more tips and tricks: […]

Read Full Post »

Farm Store Open This Saturday 12-4pm This Saturday is the first Saturday of the month, which means the farm store will be open! Come by to get some of our delicious pork! We also have duck eggs on sale, 10% off this Saturday only. Piglet Update: They’re Eating Solids The piglets are a month old […]

Read Full Post »

Now that we’ve talked about the considerations that go into developing our pig housing, in this post I will detail the first pig house design we ever used. Next week I’ll detail the second pig house design we use. Both are good, they’re just different. The Triangular Structures These are the first two pig houses […]

Read Full Post »

It’s been another wonderful week on the homestead! There’s been a good amount of mud and dirty clothes, yes, but also warm weather and sunshine. We are thankful for the rain we received as well as the sunshine. Some of us (pigs!) are more thankful for the rain than others. The Pigs Are Porking Up! […]

Read Full Post »

We’ve had pigs for a few years now, and we’ve learned a lot along the way. Today I’ll share some of the characteristics of pigs that we take into consideration when constructing housing for them. On the next two Mondays I’ll follow up with posts detailing the two types of pig houses we use! Come […]

Read Full Post »

It’s been another week of enjoying our blessed life here on the homestead. The winter season is a time where the pace slows a bit, we can actually complete everything on the “to do” list, and have a few minutes to savor it all. Here are some things we enjoyed this week. Delicious Pork We […]

Read Full Post »

Over the last few weeks we have taken photos of all our breeding rabbits and posted them on the Our Rabbits page. This was no small feat! First, we have a lot of rabbits. Also, trying to get a rabbit to pose can be a challenging endeavor. We do not show, so our rabbits aren’t […]

Read Full Post »

Happy Friday! We’ve had such wonderful weather the last few days. Who would imagine it’d be over 70 degrees in January? I know more character-building cold will come, and I’m fine with that. But I will enjoy today. Pork is Here! We now have a freezer full of pork from the two pigs we took to […]

Read Full Post »

Pork Is Here!

We just picked up our two hogs worth of pork from the processor this week! Many of you have told us how you have been waiting for us to have pork in stock again.  So we are happy to make the announcement today that we will have all of our pork products for sale this […]

Read Full Post »

On Monday I posted about how we updated our rabbit tractors by installing feeders. You can see a video of our tractors here. Another change we recently made to the tractors was removing the door to the “house” part of the tractor. We did this because we never closed the door, so it was always tied […]

Read Full Post »

« Newer Posts - Older Posts »