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March Farm Production Report
Well, a big change this month was the addition of Fiona, our Jersey dairy cow. So I felt it was appropriate to report on what we're able to produce every month in 2023. January and February were effectively squat, with only a handful of eggs the entire month. I'm working
On Importing Firewood
For those who heat partially or entirely with firewood, sometimes it isn't easy to procure enough from your property to meet the need for the winter season. In these cases, we are often left with the option of purchasing firewood. Sometimes this results in the firewood coming from a few
2020 Garden Review
Gardens are often aspirational. We have grand plans in December and January when we order seed and we may even get seeds started on time, only to fall behind quickly come midsummer. That was the story we encountered this year. Not only a pandemic, but also finishing our house addition
My cousin, David, and my Dad both asked to see a video of me scything, so I turned it into a bit of an instructional demonstration. Enjoy! Using a scythe kit from Scythe Supply [https://www.scythesupply.com] and a 85cm Fux Haying Blade from One Scythe Revolution [https://onescytherevolution.
The Baby Goat Countdown
Sing that article title (badly) to the 80s Europe hit "The Final Countdown" and that's where we are. The first goat born on our farm years ago, Faye, is pregnant here for the third time. She's been seperated with her first daughter (Minerva) from the rest of the herd (Freckles
Seed Starting for 2019
We're a bit late this year getting seeds started. It's been a very wet 2018 and everything around the farm has been getting behind, as it's effectively been a mudslide anywhere you turn. I purchased a large number of plastic cell starters 3 years ago before I really started thinking
Intro to Preparedness
Recently, some friends who are new homeowners asked us about the basics of being prepared. Here's their primary question: > Now that we're semi-normal people who actually live in a house, I'm trying to figure out how to be somewhat prepared (hurricanes make you think...). So...here's where we are. I'd
Strawberry Picking at Chiles' Orchard
We went picking strawberries a few weekends back at Chiles' Peach Orchard [http://chilesfamilyorchards.com/orchards/chiles-peach-orchard/] in western Albemarle and I made a fun video of our excursion: 15 pounds or so, half of which became jam, a quarter of which was eaten, and the remainder was frozen. Keep
A Tale of Snow and Ice (or How To Prepare for a Winter Storm)
> "Potential for Ice." These are the three words that you never want to see as a Virginia resident attached to the upcoming weather alert. Things have improved since I was a kid in Yorktown, but ice storms are just a nasty business. No matter how much the power companies clear
Fixing the Fuel Storage
Keeping fuel stored is an important part of ensuring we can run our generator for a decent amount of time in the occasional extended power outages that occur in this part of the country. Summer thunderstorms or Winter snow/ice combos can take tree limbs into power lines very easily.