Agrarian Life

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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Queen Elizabeth Drinks Raw Milk Insists on it for Young Princes

September 26, 2010
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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/raw-milk-fans-are-getting-a-raw-deal/article1722070/

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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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The last 6 weeks

August 13, 2010
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The last 6 weeks

I’m in the last part of my pregnancy.  It’s been a brutal hot summer although we are thankful it hasn’t been hot with a drought.  At least we have been getting rain even if we do have high humidity levels…at least everything is still green and growing!  It’s always a challenging time for me when…

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Beef, Lamb and Pork Coming in the Fall

August 4, 2010
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Beef, Lamb and Pork Coming in the Fall

The boys finished up castrating the rams and pigs today.  It really amazes me how young men can work and produce when given the challenge to do so.  We are looking forward to all the beef, lamb and pork later on in the fall…and yes, we will be selling a lot of our farm raised meat.  We’ve…

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How to castrate a pig ?

August 2, 2010
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How to castrate a pig ?

If you have a farm, you might someday have a pig.  If you have a pig, you might someday have more pigs?  If you have a herd of pigs, chances are you might need to know how to castrate your own pig?  or at least know someone who knows how to do that! We started…

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Low Garden Production

July 30, 2010
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Low Garden Production

Gardening is hard work.  Or at least it is for us!  It’s frustrating when you work so hard planting your garden only to look out the window one morning to see the goat eating up all your hard work and the chickens scratching up all your newly planted bean rows.  We’re trying to keep at it…

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Raising Your Own Meat: Pastured Pork, Grass-fed Beef and Lamb

May 17, 2010
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Raising Your Own Meat:  Pastured Pork, Grass-fed Beef and Lamb

For several years our family has been raising our own meat. We’ve found that not only is it a healthier alternative but it is much cheaper than buying meat from the store. Pro’s of Raising Your Own Meat: Home grown meat is a healthier alternative than buying prepackaged feed-lot meat at the store. If you…

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The Current Flood

May 1, 2010
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The Current Flood

When I started out to make a water work for the farm I had no idea I’d get so much help from above. We are currently under flash flood warnings which means that our “seasonal” creek is flowing at capacity. Enjoy the picture, we will be back to posting more soon.

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Katahdin Twins Born

April 23, 2010
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Katahdin Twins Born

I know I talk a lot about the Katahdin sheep we have.  We really do love the Katahdin hair sheep!  Someone asked us not too long ago why we have sheep on the farm.  The reason we chose the Katahdin breed was because of several reasons:  they do well in the South, they have hair…

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Making Homemade Root Beer from Sassafras Roots

April 7, 2010
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Making Homemade Root Beer from Sassafras Roots

Warning:  The FDA has banned the use of Sassafras because it has been determined to cause cancer in laboratory rats.  As such, sassafras is considered a controlled substance and can not be sold in processed food products such as bottled root beer for the retail market.  Here on Vaughnshire, our woods contain a old fashioned…

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Planting Peas and Spreading Compost

March 24, 2010
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Planting Peas and Spreading Compost

We are trying our hand at growing peas this year.  We planted Little Marvel peas from the cheap .20 cent seed packages I bought.  We’ll see how they do! The Little Marvel pea is supposed to be a shorter vine. It is considered an old time favorite! It yields large dark green 3-inch pods with 6-9 large, sweet…

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Agrarian Life: Wayward Sheep Hear the Shepherd’s Voice

March 19, 2010
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Agrarian Life: Wayward Sheep Hear the Shepherd’s Voice

Here are a few of the sheep last summer.  The herd has grown quite a bit since last year.   This year we’ve already had 3 sets of twins since February. It is truly amazing how much this agrarian life has transformed our thinking and deepened our understanding about life.   I was in the…

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Seeing Spring Around the Corner

March 4, 2010
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Seeing Spring Around the Corner

We are starting to see spring around the corner.  Sure, it’s 30 degrees outside now….but the sun was out today and it warmed up enough to send the kids outside in a coat to run around.  We’ve had a long, cold winter and we are very ready to thaw out a bit. I’ve been aching…

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