Very fancy chicken coops indeed!

Had a great day today! Taught my last class, found a new Granola Customer on my way home and then went to an amazing store that had the Cadillac of Chicken Coops! I took many pictures of their designs, but more importantly met two very nice people there. One owns the store and the other an employee, they were both so nice, and so helpful offering connections and advice outside of their store as well. So nice meeting all these country neighbors. I got a couple of books that will be my Winter reading this year:)

A teeny achievement and a Moonlit Planning Session

So hubby came in tonight with a big ‘ol grin on his face. He was walking back from the barn and noticed in the bright Moonlight that there was smoke coming out of the chimney at the house, and it was a fire he did NOT make:) So I flew solo and succeeded, even kept the fire going all night without over heating the house!

Later last night, being that the Moonlight was so bright and that we had spent the entire evening discussing Spring farm plans for the old goat yard, we went out there and spent time looking things over. It was so bright out that no flashlight was needed. I think we have come up with an excellent plan for the the old goat yard, which is a wonderful place for a garden after years of goat rich soil if you will. We figured out a plan for chickens and turkeys and the garden all in the goat yard, the chickens will help keep the pests out of the garden. We will have to amp up the fencing for fox prevention and put on doors on the old goat house to put the turkeys in at night, as well as a place to put a chicken coop that doesn’t break the rule of turkeys being exposed to chicken poop which is said to be a quick way to take out your turkeys if you are not careful. I’m thinking our Turkeys might be named Fall, Winter, and Spring and Summer, a feast for each of the season:) The chickens will be both for meat and eggs, while retaining some egg production year ’round as well. We came up with awesome plans and looking through all the scrap materials we have we even came up with an idea for a teeny greenhouse. The goal of the green house for the first year would not so much be for starter plants as it would be an experiment on a small scale to see if we could try to extend the garden season into the fall for things like tomatoes, lettuces etc. Time to look at Chicken coops, and Turkey housing.

There is much to be excited about, and lots of winter time planning for next year!

PS It is going to get very warm this weekend, likely our last warm weather. Going to go out to SG pond to try and catch a fish if we can, maybe a diner on the way out there for breakfast:)

What I learned today…

What I learned today...

So feel free to laugh but this is something that happened around me for years and I took little notice. We have always had a successful level of divisional labor around here, and it’s been embarrassingly traditional. Tonight I requested a lesson and tomorrow I will start my first fire in the wood burner. Did you think I was kidding when I said I was, “incrementally stepping towards homesteading”? Remember, every step, is one step closer.

How granola brought back a dream…

There were many things we talked about doing on the farm when we moved out here. My husband has achieved many of those things and many that he probably never even knew he would achieve out here. To say my husband has a strong work ethic only makes people chuckle as he can accomplish more in a day outdoors then most can in three! Despite my dreams of growing all our food, preserving foods for winter and collecting wild edibles about the farm, it seemed to slip to the background, while my foreground was filled with being a Mom, working as a teacher, then going back to school to become a nurse, followed by nursing for years, and then going back to teaching. While many Moms who live in the country do all of these things, and then some, it didn’t go that way for me. Over the years the children and I did a share of picking wild black cap berries and making jam, drying some of the wild apples and drying the morel mushrooms my husband, so devotedly, collected. When our Cherry tree, he planted, was ready we enjoyed picking them and made jam and dried cherries. While all this made my Grandmother sure I was a real Pioneer, it was an unqualified title for sure! Now our children are on their own, and I gave up my teaching job to begin a business, yes this is where the Granola comes in to the picture. My new business, has not only been a completely fun adventure, it has opened my life up in ways I never realized that it might. Of course with a new business just getting started we are of trying to trim the household budget. In addition to this I have been struggling with my feelings over food sources, and it occurred to me that that dream from eighteen years ago would be a way to address both problems. I could produce more of our food, maybe a good portion of it, and this would achieve both reducing our budget and improving the quality of our food at the same time as we are making money by saving money. I would rather make money¬† by saving money than working more hours for someone else. It doesn’t matter to me how small I start, because I know each step brings me closer. So here I begin stepping towards homesteading…