Loading cattle isn't fun, but it doesn't have to be (too) difficult
Even we homesteaders must decide how we interact with our animals and the environment. When we follow Nature's rules by developing old-time virtues, our lives are enriched with connection to everything around us.
Taking a ride on an old steam engine.
Ranting about the drought worked! We got rain here at Sunflower Farm!
Worrying about keeping up with Justin's chores while trying to maintain my 8-5 day job was a losing battle.
How and why we chose to have a livestock guardian dog and what they are like.
Describing how to look up tax maps, cutting carrots, and deleting problem tomato plants that only produce insipid fruit. The main attraction this week is our Power Plucker review and how awesome this new product is at saving time when plucking.
The drought conditions at Sunflower Farm are making Cam rather cranky.
Strategies for controlling voles in the potatoes in your garden.
Cam has a recurring nightmare in which the land across the road is being developed and his peace and quiet and isolation is threatened.
A story of one of our camping trips to Torreya State Park, Florida.
The time to prepare for livestock or pet emergencies is not when they fall ill, but before. Here are some basics so you and your critters are covered.
Cam describes a typical summer day at Sunflower Farm using tweets.
The summer days are getting longer, and so is the list of barn chores! Goats are kidding, cows are arriving, and a dream of having a raw milk dairy is becoming tangible.
What it is like to live higher up.
Cam finds an new old-fashioned way to keep the wildlife out of his garden.
Taking care of compost is essential to healthy soil and good food.
the head doesn't always rule the heart, even during drought
We don't get to sit around inside and listen to the rain on a tin roof in the summer. Instead, we're busy pulling in spring crops, putting out fall crops, and much more.
Blackberry picking only happens at the height of summer, but is well worth the thorn wounds!
How our community has planned ahead for wildfire contingencies.
Cam contemplates his place in the universe while weeding his corn patch....
Living a ranch life in northern New Mexico in the 1960s consisted of hard work and knowledge. It was not the romantic life that many people imagine it to have been.
None of these items' primary use is for gardening or livestock keeping but here we are using them all the time. So here's my list of items that you should keep around if you are an avid gardener or own livestock.
How we have taken measures to mitigate and reduce our wildfire exposure.
There are many logical reasons for adding flowers to your vegetable garden: attracting beneficials, crop diversity, companion-planting, barriers and healthy soil. But perhaps their beauty does not need to be rationalized at all!
Things to look for in your soil before you break ground on your new home or cabin.
Hand milking and the ease of doing so, always lends itself to many questions. I try to answer some of the most commonly asked questions in this post.
Porch building tips along with deer pressure notes and golf cart pickup bed instructions.Throw in a 5 foot high chicken wire fence and a rare appearance from a normally camera shy cat named Strider and you've got an idea of what we've been up to.
Michelle Corbett's grandmother and great-grandmother taught her to use a natural compost consisting of eggshells and coffee grounds.
As my birthing day draws near, I am settling in and nesting and preparing our home for the upcoming birth by gathering birth supplies, essentials and creating my birth space.
Learn about using the Piteba to press your own homegrown oil.
Cam is exhausted but exhilarated by the early success of his CSA.
A key choice was what type of house to build. We aren't in Texas more than a few weeks a year until we make our final move back. We wanted a structure we could enclose to protect the interior from the elements and yet build in stages as time and money allow.
Drought is hard on us out here in Farm Country. But drought in the midst of boiling hot summer is amongst the worst conditions I can imagine.
Our power system begins to take shape.
Weeding in the summer is all about species maintenance
A beginning farmer enjoys the work she has to do by hand. But would still like a tractor.
Meeting in person a long time Mother Earth News reader.
Talking about the back up generator failure along with recent golf cart modifications.
A brief description of Manuel and Mary Ann's straw bale home and its efficiency.
Cam describes the method he used when planting his sweet potatoes this year with hopes that he'll end up with a prettier finished product!
We're lucky to be able to live the way we do, even when we feel like we're melting
Watering 800 berry plants and 300 peach trees is essential in this oppressive heat!
Learn how to make homemade breakfast sausage following the recipe in this blog post.