Our Farm

Here are some pics of our farm.

This year we were too hot, too early, and had more important things to do that make a vegetable garden except a few things, and this creature and her family moved in close by and has had the meal of their life. So this is what happens when you just “let it go.”

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Looking south into our 18 acres of Forest. We leave it alone, except for making a logging path through it with the brush hog.

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Homestead hogs in portable pens till a garden plot.

 

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Handmade footbridge over intermittent stream.

 

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Three-point farm implements.

 

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This garage was used as a filling station in the 1920s.

 

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Reversible garden frames to keep critters from disturbing seedlings.

 

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Yellow groove bamboo (Phyllostachys aureosulcata).

 

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Farm cat rests in the shade.

 

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Compost pile.

 

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A green insect we thought might be an emerald ash borer.  It isn’t.

 

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This tree isn’t doing well.

 

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Layer pullets and guinea keets.

 

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Grown laying hens.

 

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Barred rock rooster.

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American guinea hog gilt, Binkie.

 

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Preparing for winter.

 

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Homegrown sunflower seeds.

 

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Newborn Kinder goats Eliza and Alexa.

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Binkie, shortly before farrowing.

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Binkie vs The Great Pumpkin.

 

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Dipped candles are clipped to a pasta rack.

 

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Kinder goat herd.  (disregard date)

 

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Banker, Binkie and their first litter, preparing ground for sowing red clover and alfalfa.

 

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Piglets grazing on wheat grass.

 

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Corn thrives, thanks to liberal application of composted, manure-rich hog bedding. (disregard date)

 

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Eggs collected daily are dated in pencil to ensure first-in, first-out rotation.

 

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An aggressive but non-venomous little snake.

 

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Flash flooding takes a toll on the footbridge.

 

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A home-butchered 18-month-old American guinea hog boar, ready to be wrapped in freezer paper.

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Hogs rooting up the field again.

 

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The creek on a snowy day.

 

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An oven-ready wild gooseberry pie.

 

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The homestead blanketed in snow.

 

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‘Nuf said.

 

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Livestock guardian dog Snowball studies her new charges.

 

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Chicken coop and footbridge.

 

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Starter trio of Kinder does — left to right, Lori, Lacy and Harriet.

 

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Guinea hog pork, ready to serve.

 

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Years after discontinuing its use, we sometimes find scraps of this landscape fabric in our vegetable garden.

 

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The footbridge and the back of the chicken coop, as seen from the other side of the creek.

 

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Boosin the cat took the raccoon bait.

 

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We found Snowball offered for free on Craigslist.

 

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Black walnut logs for the wood stove.

 

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Apple trees in bloom.

 

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A snapping turtle on the marshy forest floor.

 

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A morel mushroom in the leaf litter.

 

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Expect the unexpected.

 

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Bass from a nearby farm pond.

 

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Sunflowers.

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Kid goats outside their moms pen grazing

 

 

 

 

 

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