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Giving Up On the Garden ?

June 20, 2011
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Giving Up On the Garden ?

We came home to a scary overgrown jungle in the garden after being gone for a week.  I stood at the garden fence looking in at the wild jungle that had tripled in size in just a week.   I grow great super weeds and rocks. I stood gazing at the garden in a cloud of despair.  I…

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The Dairy Bull Conversation

June 18, 2011
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The Dairy Bull Conversation

  Spanky’s Daddy They say that the most dangerous farm animal is a dairy bull.  And even more dangerous, is the bottle-fed dairy bull because he does not fear the hand that fed him.  We happen to have a bottle-fed Guernsey dairy bull on our farm that has now grown into teenager-bullhood.  There really wasn’t…

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Downsizing our Chicken Flock

June 10, 2011
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Downsizing our Chicken Flock

It was a very good day.  About a month ago, we sold half of our chickens.  An unusual feeling of happy giddiness overwhelmed me that day as I thought of those birds leaving my farm for good.  I still think of that day and it makes me smile.  Now, don’t get me wrong…. I love farm fresh…

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Farm Illusions

June 10, 2011
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Farm Illusions

We talk a lot about becoming more deliberate and serious about growing our own food.  At different seasons, we’ve done better than others.  This year we completed the task of putting up the greenhouse.  It took us a long time, but finally, I can look out my front window and see a semi-circle of plastic sitting…

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Raw Milk News

May 24, 2011
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Raw Milk News

I ran across some recent raw milk news and thought I would post a few links pertaining to fresh milk in the news.  Raw Milk:  Don’t make a federal case out of it:    “Still, this is an awful lot of energy and manpower to invest in a seemingly minor matter. It’s one thing to require…

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Growing Fresh Herbs and Gardening

May 23, 2011
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Growing Fresh Herbs and Gardening

Our garden is in great need.  We have so much to do.  Hopefully, we will be able to make much progress this week.  I’ve given the 5 year old and the 6 year old girls the job of planting the green beans and the 8 year old boy the job of planting the okra.  The…

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Pastured Pork

May 16, 2011
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Pastured Pork

We love farm raised meat!  We’ve been raising our own meat for several years now and it’s been such a blessing to our family.  Last year, our momma pig had 5 piglets who have now grown up and are ready to head to the butcher.  I’m so excited about this for a couple of reasons: First,…

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How to Plant Strawberries

May 6, 2011
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How to Plant Strawberries

We are not experts on how to plant strawberries.  But we tried and are hoping they turn out.  The boys built some raised beds and we planted some of strawberries at the beginning of April.  We ordered more strawberries and are working on getting them in this week.  We chose raised beds because we really…

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Vaughnshire Family Farming- Winter and Spring 2011

May 4, 2011
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Vaughnshire Family Farming- Winter and Spring 2011

We remembered this thing we have called a blog.  I’m not sure if anyone has missed us…but we are still here.  I hope to start farm blogging again and occasionally, turn it over to my older boys to blog about the happenings at Vaughnshire Farm for those interested.  I’ll briefly catch up this year…. The beginning of…

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Farm Boys Gathering Hay for the Winter

November 8, 2010
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Farm Boys Gathering Hay for the Winter

I hope to pick up farm blogging again.  So much has happened around here.  The biggest change we’ve been dealing with is learning how to adjust with 9 children.  Our little newborn baby is beautiful and with that wonderful package comes 24/7 care with lots of laundry, sleepless nights and exhaustion.  We’re not back up and running…

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Egg Chores

September 27, 2010
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Egg Chores

A while back we transitioned our older boys out of the egg business. They were needed to do more complicated, bigger chores around the farm, like milking the cow. The younger ones were in need of regular, consistent responsibility with chores that were doable but still a bit challenging for them. So our 7 year old…

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Mercy is Here!!!

September 23, 2010
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Mercy is Here!!!

We’ve been busy with our newest little arrival who made her presence known on Saturday, Sept. 18th.  We have a strong and healthy little girl, weighing 8 lbs 8 oz and 22 in. long, who has captured our hearts with all her newborn sweetness.  We are so thankful to the Lord for her safe arrival and…

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Growing Piglets

September 7, 2010
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Growing Piglets

The piglets are growing fast….and have tried our patience more than once since they have arrived.  All the bad manners and character traits that pigs are known for have become all the more real to us.   Don’t eat like a pig…  Your room looks like a pigsty…  He’s hogging all my toys… Pigs do not…

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Summer Heat, Swimming and the Milk Cow

August 25, 2010
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Summer Heat, Swimming and the Milk Cow

We’ve had a break from the summer heat this week.  I’m hoping it isn’t going to get as hot as it was.  The humidity and the heat and me being pregnant weren’t very enjoyable.  I found myself walking right back inside to the air conditioning and being very thankful for the cool air.  I have…

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Baby Chicks

August 13, 2010
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Baby Chicks

We had 4 hens hatch out chicks this summer.  The boys noticed the hens go broody and were able to separate them and place them in their own small chicken tractor so predators didn’t bother them.  Within a few weeks each hen hatched out a batch of chicks.  I think we have about 24 new chicks running around…

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