On Spring Break…

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We had company for spring break that we weren’t expecting until just a few days before. Family visits are always a good thing! I just didn’t have anything prepped for the blog before I had to go into “clean EVERYTHING” mode. {smile} I’ve been working through my hard-core spring cleaning, but as I mentioned before, sometimes you make a bigger mess to begin with, and I had to put a few things back together before we could welcome guests. Then I went into ENOY EVERYTHING mode. {smile} The crew spend a lot of time visiting with their cousins. We renewed … Continue Reading…

A Little Encouragement on the Homestead…the Daily Farm Adventures {80}

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Our series the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm has been going well, but it’s been awfully serious. Livestock farming is an expensive proposition and it can feel discouraging to list out all the ways farming gets complicated and costly. But like I said in the very first post, this series isn’t meant to discourage, it’s meant to be a tool to help prepare you for success! After coming off a hard lambing season, the post on Health and Wellness was particularly hard to write on a positive note. The fact is, no matter how hard it is, we’re … Continue Reading…

Understanding Health and Wellness (with Printable!)…the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm

Understanding Health and Wellness on the Small Farm {part 4 of the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm series) via Walking in High Cotton

I think this topic gets to the core of the “hard part” of a small farm. The opposite side of “health and wellness” is “sickness and death.” They are two sides of the same coin and they are both found on the small farm. And it can be hard! And expensive. Expensive in dollars and cents and in heartache and misery. The good news is that as a small farmer you have a lot of control over this. Not total control–that’s up to the good Lord!–but you do have a lot of influence over outcomes. I find the #1 factor in our … Continue Reading…

A Peek At Our Winter…the Daily Farm Adventures {79}

Silly chicken catching a ride in the snow! {via Walking in High Cotton}

Yes, I know winter is over. Believe me, I’m glad! But I didn’t share much over the winter and I thought I’d take a minute to share some pictures with you. We don’t see the farm blanketed in snow very often, so I just couldn’t stand not to share these before next year! If you look real close at that one, you’ll see Chester (our bull) with his head sticking out of the gray chicken coop. The chickens ran wild for most of the winter while we finished up their new house and the cows moved right in. {snort} They … Continue Reading…

Figuring Out Food and Water…the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm

Figuring Out Food and Water...the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm {via Walking in High Cotton}

By far the biggest line item (other than a mortgage) that you’re going to run into with a small farm is the food bill. Poor Mr. Fix-It goes to sleep at night muttering about “more mouths to feed.” Food and water are the bottom line in your small farm enterprise. If you don’t have them, everything else needs to go! Sometimes I feel like we’ve tried everything at one time or another! {smile} Here’s some of our experiences, which might help you evaluate your own options moving forward. Here’s a few feeding basics we always keep in mind… Junk in, junk out. You … Continue Reading…

Spring Cleaning is Overwhelming (Here’s a Few Helps)…the Daily Farm Adventures {78}

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I’ve written before about all the Spring Cleaning we do around the farmyard. Well, this weekend I was busy with the traditional kind of spring cleaning. The house. Ugh! I’m not much of a cleaner, more of a straighten-upper–which I realize every time I start doing any deep cleaning. {sigh}So I made sure to take a lot of breaks to walk the dogs. And feed the dogs. And just watch the dogs. Did I mention taking a lot of breaks? Oh yes, and if you don’t follow us on Facebook, you might have missed the fact that we  got a … Continue Reading…

We’ve Been Busy, as Usual…the Daily Farm Adventures {77}

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Ok, I haven’t written in a while, but I’ve had my hands full to overflowing. (And I needed a break.) We’ve been busy with this… And this… And this… And this… And this… But I’m working my way back. I’m going back to our series on the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm, and I’ve got a fun Spring newsletter full of great spring tips, treats, and farm happening in the works. (Peep cakes, anyone?) {smile} The Pixie Chicken is all settled into the new chicken house with the other ladies and we got two fresh brown eggs … Continue Reading…

How About Some Words Around Here?!

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Sometimes in the deep, dark parts of winter, when everything is dry and brown and dead, words can be hard to come by. Sometimes you want to share the excitement when things go right, but not the mess when things go wrong. And sometimes in this up and down and inside out journey you need to focus on someone else’s words, and not your own. But Spring comes in February here… And when there aren’t words, sometimes there are pictures worth 1,000 words. I spent a few months enjoying puppy kisses and hiking with the kiddos over Christmas break and waiting … Continue Reading…

10 Thoughts on Buildings and Shelters…the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm

Buildings and Shelters...the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm {via Walking in High Cotton}

Wow, I’m struggling to get these posts out! The weather change has made our boys sick and the farm chores go in fast forward before winter gets here–oh wait, it IS here! {smile} It’s dark when we get up again, and now it’s dark when we get home all week. Plus…we added another 4-footed member to the family and he has some special needs of his own. I’m sure I’ll have more about him soon, but in the meantime, you should hop over and follow us on Facebook for updates between posts–in the busy seasons, that’s where we’re able to share the … Continue Reading…

10 Thoughts on Finding Land…The Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm

Finding Land...the Dollars and Cents of Starting a Small Farm {via www.walkinginhighcotton.net} How to think through your choices and creative ways to reduce or recoup costs.

Well, I said we’d continue our series on Wednesday and I’m only two days behind! {smile} So, in the back of our minds, I think all of us small-farm-minded folks have some kind of Old MacDonald, little patch o’heaven, green pastures and babbling brooks daydream going on when we first envision our place. Or maybe it’s wide open prairies with clear blue skies and rugged, snow-capped peaks in the background. Either way, it’s beautiful. It’s perfect. And when push comes to shove, it’s really expensive. Farming begins and ends with land, and these days land is hard to come by. Even … Continue Reading…