Category: Country Living

Introducing Havala

Baby calves are so enjoyable to have around on the farm.  We love watching them romp and play.  Here’s one of our baby cows named Havala.  Here, Hava is chasing our 8 year old as he makes his way over…

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…

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…

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…

Beans and Mators – Seed Savers

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

Fresh the Movie

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…

Purchasing a Milk Goat

Milk goats are a great family farm animal.  They are ideal for the children.  Milking an animal is a huge responsibility with so many rewards.  It is a great animal for a child to learn how to milk and all…

Factory Farms and Swine Flu

Quite a bit of information is coming out about the swine flu “pandemic”.  Here’s one of the thought provoking articles I read,  Mexican Lawmaker: Factory Farms Are “Breeding Grounds” of Swine Flu Pandemic.  Large-scale swine producers in Mexico deny that…

Garden Lettuce

I love garden lettuce.  I would love to grow lettuce year round since it grows well in cooler weather.    These are the starter plants I bought from the Amish community not too far from us.  They started off looking a bit…