Entrepreneurship

I Added Homestead Blessings and Venture Academy Links

January 4, 2010
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I Added Homestead Blessings and Venture Academy Links

Have you heard about Homestead Blessings?  It’s a great new DVD’s series from our friends over at Franklin Springs…and it’s all about homesteading topics!  Gardening, Herbs, Candlemaking, Breadmaking…Canning.  Franklin Springs says about the Homestead Blessing series…… “The West ladies are back – Vicki, Jasmine, Hannah, and CeCe – in an exciting new six DVD instructional series. …

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More Cow Talk

June 16, 2009
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More Cow Talk

Our boys are raising a cow for their grandparents.  They named him Tex.  They have been bottle feeding him for a while now and he is finally weaned!  He weaned from the bottle last week…he still likes Havala’s ear.    I am sympathetic to the newly weaned calves.  They come bounding up to the fence when we come near thinking…

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Hatching our own eggs…

February 21, 2009
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Hatching our own eggs…

We thought it would be a good experiment to see if we could reproduce our own chicks without having to buy chicks from the hatchery.  All this self-sufficient, self-sustaining talk is more complicated than the books tell you it is.  Our son has a flock of white leghorn chickens.  They are not disappointing him with…

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Busy

January 29, 2009
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We are just too cold to blog.  No, really, just really busy.  We have had a grand time getting together a first ever Vaughnshire Egg Sale Day:  happening today at the adorable bakery on our little town square.  Our egg production has continued to climb despite the dog killing 10 of our good layers.  We…

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Record Egg Production Day

January 17, 2009
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Record Egg Production Day

For the last several days, the boys have had record breaking egg production days…each day beating the record on the previous day.  Today, the boys collected 44 eggs!  We expect this number to climb to around 100 eggs per day come spring.  We have lots of eggs for sale! 

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Who Noticed the New Chicken Egg

January 12, 2009
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Who Noticed the New Chicken Egg

A very excited young man indeed–his white leghorn chickens are now laying eggs!  He has kept his egg production up with the other hens this winter and has been anxiously awaiting for his white leghorn hens to start laying.  He put a light on a timer in both chicken houses to give them 14 hours of light per…

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My $3.00 Free Wild Plants

November 10, 2008
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My $3.00 Free Wild Plants

We have lots of wild herbs and plants growing in our woods.  My boys have been digging up baby trees and replanting them in various places in our yard.  I was delivered this bucket of wild ferns and monkey grass sometime last week and promptly informed that I now owe him $3!

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Amelia’s Aprons Cottage Business and the Amish Apron Pattern

September 10, 2008
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For those of you who did not win our popular Apron Giveaway!  Lorrie and Amelia over at Amelia’s Aprons have put together some apron patterns that are unique, simple, and fun—great for those beginner sewers out there or a creative gift for someone who likes to sew.  Lorrie has designed an Amish style apron pattern so that you…

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Growing Leghorns

August 27, 2008
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Growing Leghorns

We haven’t posted any pictures lately of our growing leghorns.  They are getting so big!  We were just talking the other day about the differences in the different breeds of chickens we have and different characteristics they exhibit.  We found a chart a while back that details these differences — temperament, size, egg laying abilities,…

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A Day At The Office…

July 2, 2008
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A Day At The Office…

…for a young entrepreneur

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More Fresh Milk…From Our Dairy Goats

May 6, 2008
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More Fresh Milk…From Our Dairy Goats

Having fresh milk has been one of the most rewarding farm experiences over this last year.  We started last year with milking our cow, Bonnie.   We also have several dairy goats.  One of the business ideas my daughter is pursuing is raising milk goats and selling them to other families who would like to have their own supply of…

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A Very Memorable Farm Experience -Lambing at Vaughnshire

April 11, 2008
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A Very Memorable Farm Experience -Lambing at Vaughnshire

One of the highlights of our farm experiences came yesterday in the form of watching one of our sheep give birth to her first baby lamb.  Our 10 year old son is very interested in larger animals (as opposed to poultry) so he had decided to start an entrepreneurial venture around cows and sheep.  We…

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Boyhood Work

March 19, 2008
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Boyhood Work

My husband regularly discusses entrepreneurship, business, income and work with our sons.  They are being encouraged to dream up business ideas, work out figures and numbers and jump at opportunities that come along–now while they are young.  One of our sons has been churning over getting an egg business up and going.  With owners of…

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Egg-preneurship Boyhood Adventures

February 23, 2008
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Egg-preneurship Boyhood Adventures

Two of our boys are in the “chicken business”  — egg production business, I should say.  Our 12 year old has been diligently writing business plans, calculating costs, reading about chickens, researching breeds and buying options and talking non-stop about his business ideas.  This has been brewing for a while, but was actually jump-started about a month ago…

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Joel Salatin Would Be Proud

January 31, 2008
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Joel Salatin Would Be Proud

After supper the boys get in a little light reading by the fire on a very blistery cold winter’s night…. These Salatin books win hands down in the minds of these farm boys:  Salad Bar Beef and Pastured Poultry Profits. Tonight, we heard Salatin wisdom in the form of  two boys excited about the books they were…

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