Monday, April 30, 2012

Weee collards!


earth oven at the farm
35mm

lizard!
35mm

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chicken scratch


Milo mixing and bagging feed.



People have asked where I get my feed...

Sacks of feed, 100 pounds each, ready for purchase. Milo and Ester grow and store their own untreated corn and soy to make this feed. It's free of anything except those two ingredients-no preservatives or additives. The starter feed for young chicks includes vitamins and minerals to get them off to a good start. Unfortunately it looks like there will be a shortage of local-grown corn later this summer, so the prices have gone up a bit and Milo will have to buy in to make it until harvest time this year.


Sacks of feed on a wagon near Midville, ready to go.

Farmers Market

April 7th: opening of the Statesboro Downtown Farmers Market!









April 7th: arugula, pak choy, pea tendrils, eggs, rosemary and oregano.

April 14th market: Collards, snow peas, pea tendrils, salad mix, rosemary and oregano, pak choy, and eggs.







Thanks everyone for coming out!!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

April photos


The broody mama is happy to be out and about with her babies, teaching them to scratch and take dustbaths. They climb all over her and even peck at her face.



Onion beginning to bloom; attempting to save as much seed as possible this year.

I had the thought the other day that a garden is very much like a patchwork quilt, both visually and in it's story. Instead of "this patch is from my first jumper and this patch from grandpa's work-shirt," it's "these christmas limas are heirlooms from my mom, these sorrel seeds are from Sarah at Oxbow, the kale is from Cecelia in Washington," so on and so forth, a collection of people I've known and places I've been. How cool is that?


The house is still a work in progress, like just about everything around here or on any little farm, but it's coming along.



Saturday, April 7, 2012

Chick tractors and orchard

I apologize to anyone who drives past and thinks our chickens aren't free-range: a fox has killed 25% of our free-range hens, so we have some in chicken tractors in the garden (As soon as he is taken care of, they'll be turned loose). The young birds are also in chicken tractors while they're growing. Not only are the babies prey to foxes and hawks, but also dogs and cats.





One of the first chicken tractors I built for between-row chicken weeding and bug control for young chickens.


Part of the flock.


The orchard is a work in progress-clearing out around the trees.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cheese-making


We began making our own cheese, starting with a simple ricotta recipe. Milk purchased from Southern Swiss Dairy in Waynesboro. yummy!


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Easter egg roll


Hay ride with the easter bunny: at Old Freeman Family Farm easter egg roll.


Leftover chicks from the easter egg roll came to a new home at Wee Farm.