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The Death of a Dream

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24 The last couple of years have been a very refining time in my life. There is something about being in your 40s that makes you […]

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And then there were sheep

Spring has come to the homestead! The trees are leafing out and blossoming. The grass is turning into a lush green blanket and water is running through the ditches. Without cows here our pasture is quickly going to turn unruly! What better way to mow the grass than with sheep? Our 14 year old daughter decided […]

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Hard Choices on the Homestead

This past weekend we had to make a hard choice on our homestead. Despite our attempts to procure more hay we ran out. Our herd also multiplied quickly from 3 cows and a calf to 3 cows and 3 calves. It was quickly apparent that 6 cows on our 1 1/3 acre was just too […]

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A Dairy Cow — How Hard Could It Be?

Back in July our dairy cow had her calf and our new adventures began! I’ve dreamed of having a dairy for many years. I have read books, articles and blogs about it and even milked a friend’s cow a couple of times. I knew there would be a learning curve but honestly I thought how […]

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The Birth of a Bull

Back in May we got our beautiful Brown Swiss with the belief that she was due in June with her second calf. Turned out the AI must not have taken and she was actually bull bred and so we continued to wait and wait and wait. Then I got scared that she wasn’t really pregnant […]

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Gardening
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Spring on the Homestead

Spring is always such a time of hope and renewed enthusiasm around here. It feels so good to be out in the sunshine especially after the very long cold winter we had this year. Everything is coming to life. The grass is lush and green. The trees are getting their leaves. The apple trees are […]

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Home Grown Beef

Two years ago on a wonderful October day we purchased 3 calves (2 heifers and 1 steer) from a friend for $150 each. It was an exciting beginning for us wannabe farmers. We had a herd just like that! We bottle fed them for months (much longer than an experienced farmer would but I had […]

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Food Budget

It seems like everyone lately is talking about the increase in food prices. My husband & I have been discussing what we can do to maintain control over our budget when the prices keep rising on everything Produce Grow as much as you can yourself. Plant a fruit tree. Plant a garden. (I love Square […]

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Garden Updates

Although I have been trying to keep careful records of our efforts this summer I have not kept up with writing posts like I had hoped to. It has definitely been a year of learning for us. The challenges of taking care of a large garden,animals, cooking, cleaning, doing laundry and taking care of a […]

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Chickens

One of the most important things to our family in having a homestead was to be able to raise chickens both for eggs and for meat. We ordered 50 chicks from McMurray Hatchery: 25 White Plymouth Rocks (for meat) and 25 “Rainbow Layers” which was a mix of several different breeds so we can find […]

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