Monthly Archives: July 2009

Cows Shares Announced

July 25, 2009
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As you have probably seen by now, we have been working on a new backend for vaughnshire.com.  We are maintaining the blog for the usual family update, political rants, and theological musings, but we felt the farm needed a little more flexibility than the blog could provide.  We have a lot of exciting plans for…

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Farm Boy Work

July 20, 2009
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I think it isn’t shocking to say that our culture at large has a very strong  hatred of  good honest work.  As a culture, we relish what is faster-quicker-easier…  The word “work” invokes the thought of having to exert too much energy, too much commitment…too much stick-to-it-tivity.    It means I actually have to focus on something,…

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Beautiful July in the garden

July 18, 2009
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Beautiful July in the garden

Thanks to a Canadian cold front, we have been enjoying some incredible weather!  It was 75 degrees today and beautiful.  We were eating supper outside tonight and it felt like spring or late September!  It was wonderful.  In the garden in July:  My squash, zucchini and now cantaloupe are being overtaken with the squash vine…

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My Next Ford Truck…

July 17, 2009
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…will come from this guy!  Check out the video: The official motto of his dealership is, “God, Guns, Guts, and American Pickup Trucks!” They are giving away an AK-47 with each new truck purchase.  It may be a gimmick, but if you listen to the interview you will see this guys is the real deal.…

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More Babies Update

July 15, 2009
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More Babies Update

I am shocked at how quickly our first year doe had her baby…a beautiful little doe!  It was amazingly fast.  Most of the children and my 16 year old niece were able to watch her give birth.  They haven’t stopped talking about it.  We had a very busy day and are blessed to have 3 babies…

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More Breaking News: More Babies…

July 15, 2009
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Docie, a first year doe, just had her baby!  more updates later…

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Twins Update

July 15, 2009
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Twins Update

Twins:  one doe and one buckling.  Doing well and finally nursing.  On my way back from checking their nursing status, I noticed Docie, another alpine girl who was due yesterday.  After checking her, I was pretty sure she was in labor. 

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Breaking News…Laboring Goat

July 15, 2009
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Warning  Graphic Farm Language: Because things like this always happen to me when the husband has to leave to go to the city to earn our family some income…. This is how the morning has gone… 8 year old runs in the house…. frantically and out of breath …”Mom…something is really wrong with Ellie May—she’s…

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Slow Food vs. Fast Food

July 11, 2009
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Slow Food vs. Fast Food

Our friends over on Beaverdam Creek, run an organic family farm and run a popular CSA program.  You should check out their website and blog and see all the great things they do.  They “grow slow food” and supply their customers weekly with a basket of fresh, organic veggies grown in their huge garden.  They also send…

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I told you so….

July 9, 2009
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If you are new to our blog, you can read about some of our snake encounters here, here and here.  Not that we particularly like snakes…I detest them…but in the country…snakes are just a part of country life… much more than I would like!   My husband and boys, however, have a fascination and respect for the…

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Calves For Sale

July 7, 2009
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Calves For Sale

We have a little side business we wanted to let you all know about.  For the past couple months, we have been buying and selling dairy bulls and having quite a lot of fun in the process.  We have made friends with a dairy not too far from us.  When they have a bull calf…

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Green Beans in the Garden

July 6, 2009
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Green Beans in the Garden

Have I mentioned how much I like the hay mulch gardening method?  I just wanted to reiterate how GREAT it is!  We are just now getting to the point where we are bringing in something from the garden on a daily basis….and, oh boy, how exciting has this been for our family?  Very!  Gardening is…

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Food Fascism, Southern Culture, and My Garden

July 4, 2009
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Food Fascism, Southern Culture, and My Garden

Thomas Moore, the chairman for the Southern National Congress, wrote a great essay late last month, that is well worth sharing.  He gives a great high level fly over of the root problem in the corporate food industry.  It doesn’t matter if the new laws, such as the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2009…

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