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Monday, February 6, 2017

Seed Catalogs, Greenhouses and Fence

This weekend we were looking at seed catalogs. Boy how I love looking at them. All the possibilities, hopes and dreams for the coming spring and summer. Looking at them just makes me want to get my hands dirty. The covers are beautiful and inspiring. I have been circling the varieties I want to try, and making plans of where and when to plant them.

I just love the front of this one in particular. Isn't it beautiful? You can request their catalog here.


Greg has ordered the plastic for a greenhouse and he and Daniel will be building it this weekend. Excited doesn't even begin to describe how I'm feeling. We ordered heating pads and planting trays this weekend. They will have to build tables for the greenhouse. I'll be sure to post pictures as soon as they get started on the project.

We had someone come and give us an estimate to finish all the rest of the fencing on the farm. WOW! Fencing is expensive, but at least it will be done. We are planning to purchase cows soon. So the fencing is really needed. Hopefully, it will pay for itself in the long run.

I am getting so excited for Spring!

Have a great day!
Mae

Monday, January 30, 2017

Back to the Grind Stone

As you know, I have been away from my blog for too long. There has been so much going on that I just haven't had time to devote to the blog.

Now that I am back, the blog will be changing. It will be more about our farm and what is going on on the farm.

With that said, here is what's been going on:

We just got back from the Southern Sustainable Working Group Conference, better know as SSAWG. If you have never heard of this group you should really check them out if you own a farm. The conference was a 4 day event with "short courses" which last for a full day and a half day. They offer field trips and mini courses. These all take place on Wednesday and Thursday. The the full conference starts on Friday and is jam packed with classes that have instructors that are experts in the organic farming field.  Greg and I took a short course on Permaculture and learned so much about how to set up our farm to make it more productive and sustainable.

There were so many ideas given to us that our heads are spinning. We are considering going Organic, but we really need to see if it's worth it in the county we live in. Our county is on the poor side and we aren't sure if they can afford organics and that brings us to just being a sustainable farm, Which would still be using organic practices and be good food for the community. We are researching right now to see which way we want to go.

We picked up three organic seed catalogs at the conference. Searching the seed catalogs, to place our order is a very exciting thing right now. We are also making plans to plant more fruit trees, blueberries and more black berries. And also, adding cows. Greg is going to the market on the 11th to see what he can find there.

A greenhouse and high tunnel are in our near future as we work toward our goal of full time farming.

The chickens and eggs are still doing well. We are getting about 10 dozen eggs a week and for the most part we are selling about half of those. Meat chickens are still being sold, slowly. The herb garden that I have wanted for a long time is finally in the planning process. I am super excited about that. I have already been making bath bombs, foot scrubs, and bath salts, but I want to start making herbal teas to sell at the farmer's market.

We have lots of work.

Have a great day!
Mae

Sunset on the Farm