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Raising a Hog

June 18, 2013
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Raising a Hog

For several years now, we have been raising our own meat.  It may sound hard and complicated but it really isn’t that hard.  My men and boys around here may have just laughed at me for saying that since basically my contribution in the meat raising department is just about nothing.  I mean, I do…

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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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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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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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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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Milk and Meat Cows, Pigs, Eggs and Boys

December 8, 2009
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We love May the Milk Cow.  She has a bull calf that is about 6 weeks old now.  They are doing wonderfully.  We have an abundance of winter milk for which we are all thankful for.  Having that milk drastically cuts our grocery bill as well.  Of course there is a lot of work that…

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Citrus Update

December 7, 2009
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The citrus fruit order (oranges and grapefruit) will be here on December 18th.  I will have it available for pickup at our farm Friday afternoon and evening on December 18th.  Stay tuned for more details if you ordered Winter citrus fruit.  Also…the deadline for ordering the fruit is December 10th…. you still have time to…

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Winter Oranges and Grapefruit

November 20, 2009
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Winter Oranges and Grapefruit

We will be participating in a winter fruit co-op this year.  If you are interested in ordering oranges and grapefruit…and live near us… you should check out the winter orange and grapefruit fruit order for really great prices!!!!  Like last time with the apples, your orange and grapefruit orders will be available for pickup here…

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Fall Apple Pick-Up

October 21, 2009
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For those who ordered apples…..  They are almost here…. Stay tuned for pick-up times and directions to the farm.  I’ll be sending those out in the next day or so. 

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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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Weed Control for the Garden — Mulch

June 25, 2009
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Weed Control for the Garden — Mulch

I have tried to keep the weeds under control this year.  The weeds are not taking us over and it has proven to be much better than the previous gardens we have had.   It has required continuous monitoring and mulching.  I have pulled very few weeds and have instead used the hay/straw mulch method to cover the weeds…

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A Food Inc. Movie Review

June 23, 2009
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Here’s a Food INC. movie review from some friends of ours: Well, we just got back from the movie. Their answers to the problem seemed to rely too much on government, interestingly the same people they place a large portion of the blame on. I have put a review on my blog here.  Update from…

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Three Real Food Articles Worth Reading

June 16, 2009
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Three Real Food Articles Worth Reading

Ok – so in the absence of much writing, maybe you’d like to see what we’ve been reading.  In addition to our family reading story, Every Farm Tells a Story by Jerry Apps, and my private study time book, Arator, by John Taylor of Caroline here are a few links to some good on-line articles. How do…

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