Monthly Archives: May 2009

Homeschool Science Lessons from Junk Birds

May 28, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons from Junk Birds

I am not quite sure how long the moniker “Junk Birds” has been around in our family.  Maybe after we dealt with bird mites invading our house one Spring.  I’m trying to forget that experience.  We don’t hate all birds.  We enjoy watching many kinds of birds.  My kids know how to identify a large amount of birds…hawks…vultures…and…

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What about the Guernsey Cow?

May 27, 2009
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What about the Guernsey Cow?

We have been so busy living the life of cow owners, that we have not even taken the time to really share all the great benefits of our Guernsey milk.  Here is a quick list of recommended articles that will help explain why we passed over the dozens of Jersey cows and sought out another Guernsey…

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Updated – It’s Now Legal to Drink Raw Milk in TN….

May 26, 2009
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* Updated original post that mistakenly said the prescription bill had passed.  In fact the prescription bill was “amended” to be the cow share bill. …if you own at least “part” of the animal.  Here is the original bill that was amended: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/106/Bill/HB0720.pdf The amendment completely changed the bill.  In a small farm hostile state it needed to…

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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Salamander

May 26, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Salamander

About 9 years ago, I was brutally made aware that I live in a state with critters that I thought only lived in the zoo.  I remember going to the zoo as a child and visiting the aquarium and reptile houses.  They had this strange looking frog that looked like a blob of mud with eyes that always intrigued…

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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Frog

May 25, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons from the Frog

The frogs and toads are out in full force.  Night time is a symphony of sound.  I love leaving the windows open and listening to the night sounds…that is until I am reminded we live on a farm with renegade roosters who know where my bedroom window is.  Our science lessons are all around us…outside. …

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Homeschool Science Lessons

May 25, 2009
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Homeschool Science Lessons

Stay tuned for more homeschooling outside the four walls of the house, homeschooling away from a school desk and homeschooling without workbooks. I have a series of posts about homeschool science lessons we have been learning over the past few weeks.  I plan on posting a handful of them this week….now that school is officially…

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Beans and Mators – Seed Savers

May 23, 2009
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It is amazing how many videos are coming out that deal with sustainable agriculture.  We have watched several lately that I will be sharing as we have time.  For now, if you interested in saving seeds, and specialty beans, this 20 minute clip will encourage you. embedded by Embedded Video

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Mulch Gardening

May 22, 2009
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Mulch Gardening

I have tried to be way more proactive in trying to control the weeds this year.  Weeds can be very discouraging as they attempt to strangle out your garden.  And since my garden is an organic garden, I don’t use any chemical sprays for weeds or bugs.  So when August comes, the heat is out,…

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2009 Pigs

May 21, 2009
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2009 Pigs

We have pigs again.  Actually, one of the pigs is our cousin’s pig.  We are pig-sitting for them until the pig grows big enough to go into their pasture and not escape.  We bought these ready to be weaned pigs from another family who lives near us. Our 17 year old friend already castrated and cut the teeth of…

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Back to milking

May 15, 2009
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Back to milking

We lost our milk cow back in August of 2008.  Since then, we have been searching for another Guernsey.  Guernsey cows are difficult to find around here.  Most family farming people  prefer the smaller Jersey cow.  The Jersey cow gives a nice amount of creamy milk and works well with a family farm, however we were already sold…

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Garden Thoughts

May 14, 2009
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Garden Thoughts

I absolutely love the garden.  I think I have always loved gardens.  I would love to turn our whole yard into one big giant, garden jungle with lots of herbs, fruits and veggies if there wasn’t such a thing as weeds.  I don’t have time for that though.  I’ll focus on my little patch and see…

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Mother’s Day Gift from My Boy

May 13, 2009
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Mother’s Day Gift from My Boy

Even with all the laundry and the messes…….all the endless work, there are amazing perks to this job!  Whether it is those little smiles, giggles, hugs and kisses…or those cute pictures they draw for me and fresh yard weed flowers they pick… motherhood is beautiful and incredibly rewarding and fulfilling every day, not just on Mother’s Day.  My…

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Fresh the Movie

May 7, 2009
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It is always exciting to find new encouragement in the area of farming.  We recently found these trailers for a new movie call, “Fresh The Movie”.  It seems to be a little bit of a mix between “The Future of Food” and Joel Salatin’s farm videos.  We are looking forward to the new release and…

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Teaching Children Responsibility and Work Ethic

May 5, 2009
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One fact that we quickly learned after we moved to the farm is that children can do more work than what you think.  It’s amazing how helpful they can be…when required to.  Our children are full of energy.  The trick is to harness that energy and point it in the right direction.  Children left to themselves,…

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