October 21, 2019

During the height of summer this year, our wonderful doe Tater was supplying us with a half gallon of milk a day.  That is excellent milk production for a Nigerian Dwarf, and while it might not seem like huge amount, it is way more milk than a family of two can consume...

September 5, 2019

My favorite way to preserve vegetables is through fermentation.  This means a lot of sauerkrauts and variations on krauts, as well as a few brine pickles, relishes, and chutneys.  Fermenting is a huge topic that covers a lot of kinds of food preservation and is backed...

July 18, 2019

It was a busy April-May-and-June this year!  At the end of a whirlwind kidding season we have nine healthy kids and four thriving mamas. 

There were some high points and some lows during our kidding season, and here are a few of the lessons that I learned.

Go With Y...

May 30, 2019

Kidding season was a whirlwind this year! 

This was only our second kidding season (last year we gave the girls a year off), and by far the busiest.  We had four pregnant does deliver ten kids, seven of which were girls.  

First up was Sweet Pea, one of our original...

I have spent a lot of time the past few months traveling around Maine to promote my new book, So You Want to Be a Modern Homesteader?.  This has been a humbling and exciting experience on many fronts.

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of time at local libraries.  I was ho...

March 31, 2019

This time of year, my most frequently asked farm questions are about goose eggs - and my most pressing question, as a goose farmer, is how to use them all!  

Goose eggs are not that different from chicken eggs.  They have a similar flavor, a little bit richer but still...

March 1, 2019

Among the many projects planned for 2019 is the addition of pigs to our farm.  Last year we had an area of our lower forest logged and we are now looking to get rid of the stumpage and turn that area into fields, orchards, and a small pond.  The first step in that long...

January 18, 2019

Winter weather is a challenge for the farmer, and it's always good to spend some time preparing your homestead before a big storm moves in.  We are expecting up to two feet of snow here this weekend, our first really major storm of the winter.  

When a storm hits,...

January 1, 2019

The New Year, and winter on a farm in general, is the perfect time to reflect on what to do differently, what to improve, and where to grow the farm in 2019.  We had a very busy and accomplishment filled 2018, an extremely exciting year in the development of our farm....

December 21, 2018

This Sunday we go to pick up Willie Nelson from Rock Bottom Farm in Richmond, Maine.  Willie, a beautiful blue-eyed Nigerian Dwarf buck, will be servicing our girls for kids coming in Spring/Summer of 2019!

For those that are interested you may have noticed I now hav ki...

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