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    Free Farm and Garden Calendar

    We don’t live on the farm anymore, but I still love this calendar for knowing what to plant, when. I live in the Willamette Valley, in Oregon. My planting and harvesting dates may be different from yours, because of location and frost dates. I am offering this farm and garden calendar for free. If you like this information, you might also like my Garden Planner. Note that I didn’t create this Farm/Garden Calendar as an item to sell, so there may be typos in it. I was just using it to determine what I can still plant in my backyard in late June, and thought “hey, others might find this…

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    What Should You Plant In Your Garden?

    photo credit: Patrick When I was a newbie gardener, I was really more of a seed collector. I wanted to grow everything, and seeds are relatively cheap, so I would buy every packet that looked nice. I owned a lot of seeds, but that didn’t translate into a lot of food for my family. I am a wiser gardener now. I know what to plant, and I want to help you decide what you should plant in your garden! 1. Grow foods that you can’t readily find at your local farmer’s market. I love supporting my farmer’s market. One year, I grew so much in my own garden that my…

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    Off the Farm Upadate

    My husband playing with our kids at the park. We didn’t have time for these kinds of things when we were so busy farming. Things are going pretty well for us off of the farm. Well, besides that one day last week when I muttered something like; “get me out of this neighborhood.” Don’t get me wrong, I do like our neighborhood, and I enjoy our neighbors. It is a nice place to live. It’s just, our neighbor came over and complained about our dog barking. On the farm, nobody ever complained about our dog barking. She barked freely when people drove up our driveway, and it was a bit of…

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    We are still on the farm…

      My kiddos and their recent Valentines’ Day projects. We had to find something to do in our empty home while we wait to move! We are still here, waiting for our sale to finalize. Real estate transactions really are like a big domino game. There was a glitch with our buyers’ buyer, which made it so that we didn’t close when we were supposed to. Unfortunately, we only found this out when all of our things were being loaded into trucks and brought to storage. Originally, we were going to be “camping” in our house for 5 days and then staying in a hotel for a couple of days…

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    The Pros and Cons of Selling the Farm

    One of our Barred Rock pullets. I called our first Barred Rock hen “Jackie O” because I thought she was dressed in such a nice outfit. 🙂 I wrote yesterday about our decision to sell the farm. You were all so supportive and caring! I couldn’t sleep last night, thinking of how we might be able to make it work. Some of you mentioned using a crowd funding site to gain funds to make the farm work out. I researched that and even set up an account to see what it was all about. And I was struggling, thinking through, “but what is best for our family? What do we…

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    We are selling our farm….

    How do I start? This is such a big change in our life…. This is our fourth summer raising chickens, hogs, turkeys, ducks, and geese. We raise our meat with a no-soy, no-corn, non-GMO feed (we used to use a completely organic feed, but it’s no longer available). We produce an amazing product. The people who try our food come back for more, and they always give compliments. I have never tasted chicken as amazing as ours. No store-bought chicken makes the dark yellow, nutrient-dense broth that our chicken makes. And we love farming. We love the animals. I love the sounds of baby turkeys outside my bedroom window. I…

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    Buying Day-Old Chicks vs. Buying Older Chickens

    When we first purchased our farm, we bought “about 1 year old” chickens off of Craigslist. They were adorable, and it was a fun experience, but we have learned a lot since then. If you’re thinking about buying chickens, you might want to consider the advantages and disadvantages of buying day old chicks and the advantages and disadvantages of purchasing older hens. Buying Day Old Chicks You can purchase these at your local feed store, or through a mail order hatchery. The advantages: It’s fun to get the 6 am phone call from the post office, and to get the box of peeping chicks. You can choose from a variety…

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    The Best Books about Homesteading

    Years before we bought our farm, I was checking out homesteading books from the library. I checked out the following books, often:   and They were a DELIGHTFUL read for a young mom in a neighborhood who dreamed of canning vegetables from a big garden and hand-churning butter. However, one word of caution: these books are teasers. Yes. Teasers. Don’t get me wrong, they have a lot of good information, and I do recommend them. But they cover every topic imaginable, and only a little bit of each topic. When we moved to our farm and expected to actually jump in and get started with this homesteading thing, these books provided only surface…

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    How do you convince a family member who doesn’t want chickens that they’re a good idea?

    photo credit Let’s say you’re convinced. You want chickens. You think they’re super cute, fun, and you’re up for this new project. And maybe you’re married to someone who does not feel the same as you when it comes to the idea of getting chickens. How do you convince this person that getting chickens would benefit your life? This is a tricky issue. There are several points you can make in order to convince another person that raising chickens for eggs is a good idea: Commercial egg layers are treated horribly. They are kept in pens tightly together. To prevent the birds from pecking each other, most egg layers have…

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    Friday Farm Photos, 6/28

    The farm is keeping us incredibly busy this time of year. My hat is off to those of you who attempt to work a full time job and raise and sell good food. We are blessed that The Farmer is home this time of year. And, because he’s home, this is the time of year where we will make it–or not. We are working very hard this time of year. Our days are long, and we are tired, and we’re never quite getting everything done. We have, so far, raised and processed about 230 broiler chickens and 21 ducks this summer. There are 200 more broilers in the brooder right now, and a couple of more…