Thursday, July 29, 2010

Meet Ted!

This is Ted, a purebred yellow Labrador. Protector of the other farm animals, chaser of squirrels... and pretty much any other critter. Ted loves to go hunting and swimming. He is 11, in people years. He's not to fond of thunder. Ted loves to have his belly rubbed. He had the most yellow coat out of his brothers and sisters when he was a puppy... he probably still does. This big yellow mass of muscle will eat anything and I mean anything! Yep, this is Ted!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Our Young Chickens

The big white chickens are Cornish-cross meat chickens and will be butchered soon. The other ones are young layers that will start to lay soon... if they are not all roosters! We got the young layers around Easter time.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Small Storm

We had very strong winds and lots of rain last night. The strong wind caused the electricity to go out and it knocked some rows of our sweetcorn over! We hope the raccoons don't get any of the corn this year!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Morning Pickings and Jewelry

This morning Michaela picked beans and peas. Grandma picked raspberries! Yummy! The morning seems to be the only time we can pick and weed... because of those darn mosquitoes. I think we will visit the farmer's market tomorrow if it doesn't rain. We will bring beans and radishes. Eggs... of course! Michaela's jewelry, these are just some of the many types and kinds of jewelry she makes.
She has just started making the bobby pins and hair barrettes... but the little girls at the market go gaga over them! Anyway have a great day!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010


We had green beans for supper last night from our garden! Michaela could only pick this much... because she was being eaten alive by mosquitoes. Those darn little bugs! We could have picked 5 or more ice cream buckets full. Hope we have better luck picking today!!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

County Fair Prizes

Scarecrow Entry
2nd Place
1st place!
Michaela: scrapbook=1st and grand prize, necklace=1st, hair bow=3rd, day lily=1st, hosta leaf=2nd, peas=3rd

Hannah: clay horse=3rd, wooden bracelets=1st, hosta leaf=2nd, daises=1st, farm girl scarecrow above

Luke: barn wood birdhouse=1st, hosta leaf=1st, cone flowers=participation, sheriff scarecrow above

Friday, July 16, 2010

Our Chickens

Rupert the rooster
Silly chicken, walking on the rabbit hutch!
Hens taking a dust bath



These are our chickens that lay eggs. We get about 8 to 10 eggs a day. We also have meat chickens, that will soon be butchered and some younger egg layers. They will not start laying till next year. Every Saturday we visit our local farmers market and sell our eggs. Right now we are also selling peas, rhubarb, and radishes. We might go tomorrow... but it's the county fair time and we would like to visit the fair. We entered some things in the fair so stay tuned for the prizes and ribbons we won and some pictures too!!


Tipsy Pots
Made from galvanized pails
Phlox are blooming
Small garden on the side of the shed
Purple Cone flowers

Double Fun!

Double Yolker
Ever so often we get eggs with two yolks in them!!
They are double the size of the regular eggs and often are laid by our leghorn hens.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Some of Our Aminals


Butch and Duke!!


Mr. Molly (we named him Molly... till we found out he was a boy then added Mr.)

First Blog!

Hello! This is our first time using a blog! We decided to do it about our family farm!

We have two huge gardens... we plant beans, peas, beets, radishes, onions, carrots, lettuce, dill, watermelon, pumpkins, and gourds. We plant two varieties of sweetcorn, popcorn, and ornamental corn. We have raspberries and strawberries. We are big on tomatoes and peppers because we can salsa and spaghetti sauces. Cucumbers for dill pickles and bread and butter pickles. Throughout this blog we will try to give gardening tips and advise. Oh, we have huge flower gardens!!

Our gardens are 100% chemical free, we do not use pesticides. We only use manure from our animals for fertilizer.

We raise chickens for eggs and meat! Right now we have 15 laying hens and 15 little ones that will lay next year. We have 30 white broiler meat chickens that we butcher, by ourselves! We have two billy goats, as pets. Butch is a Boer Pygmy goat. Duke is a Pygmy goat. We have three bunnies, Snickers, Molly, and Skipper. Our good old guard dog Ted is a yellow lab. We will blog pictures and advice about raising these animals.

Hope you enjoy our blogging!