Thursday, March 19, 2015

Getting ready....

So excited about my new soap labels!
My labels have desperately needed making over for a while .... as does our website!

so much has changed on our farm since we started... goals have changed, we've gotten side tracked here and there, alot of things haven't worked out like the pretty homestead books and glossy magazines said they would , 
but some things worked so well its now a focus instead of a side project....
understanding who we are as farmers, what we can accomplish with our natural resources on our land and what we can realisticly get done in a days time has majorly influenced what our farm is now becoming...and life is so much sweeter for it! Low input livestock saved my farm dream of raising our own meats...

so much of my 'master plan' for my ideal farm was just not doable or realistic if I wanted to actually enjoy life while providing our own foods.... 
silly me for having a ' master plan'lol!

anyways... my new labels! 
I seriously considered not doing soaps animals lotions anymore... but now, with fresh milk from trusted neighbors that are willing to barter their milk for my eggs, and help producing the products from my son's girlfriend (who happens to have a great nose for scents!) I may be able to keep the farm business going despite my all the work producing our own meats, herbs and veggies!
I hope so,,, I've put alot into developing good natural products...and I have so many ideas for more.

Finally my seasonal ducks are kicking into to egg laying.... the one major con to the muscovy, they are fiercely seasonal layers... luckily khaki cambells, runners, pekins and cayuga are not!
I am adding more khaki cambells this year.... as well as some special chicken breeds!

 I'm all for seasonal eating ,,,, there's something wonderful about it to me! That's why I work so hard to do a 4 season garden...especially since so many veggies don't store well or preserve their tastiness..
but eggs... I like to have eggs all the time! Everyday...   

Garlic,,, snow and sugar peas,,, radishes,,,,cabbage.... just a very few things I've planted so far... yesterday l planted a forest garden bed of ramps,,, which was very exciting to me! Our hillside forest garden is all cleared out now and looks so big! Dreaming of mushrooms, ramps, medicinal forest herbs..the top part was lined with some elderberry trees... the top mid section needs to be heavy sheet mulched for at least a year before it's used,,, but the mid and bottom section we will start developing this year..
I planted some rhubarb in my perinneal comfrey bed... I've planted rhubarb before but didn't give it the attention it needed to survive here in the south.. hopefully this year will be better!
day before that we planted many new fruit and nut trees... raspberries!
I have hundreds of seedlings started in my greenhouse..... piles of beautiful compost ready... even some mineral rich creek bottom dirt dug out for a new small duck pond waiting to be brought up to more new raised beds!

I'm am as excited about the farm this year as I was the first year we got the place...
Its a great feeling... truly a blessing!

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