For me, a year on the farm begins in the spring, not with the calendar year. The spring is a fresh start outside, seedlings in the ground, there are new babies in all the barns and new lessons to be learned. Looking back over the last “farm year” a lot has happened and a lot was learned.
The key to a perfectly straight fence line is a particular father and brother helping… A LOT! – Pounding Posts
Plans will change more times than I’d like to count before a project will begin and then a few more times before it is complete.- Fencing, Chicken Coop
Rocks look nice in flower beds but are not too fun to move from the pile to the garden. – Of Rocks and Friends
Gutters matter! Without them you will spend day and night sopping water out of the basement and running the sump pump. – How High’s The Water Mama?
Baby chicks die without reason. If caught in time they can be saved with some extra care…sometimes. – Saving Penny
If you bottle your wine too soon it will pop the corks and shoot across the dining room. – Dandelion Wine
Too much excitement the first time in the yard can give a guinea hen a heart attack. – More Than the Heart Could Handle
Screw worm spray kills maggots in open wounds and helps the healing process along. – Wilma Update
Always be sure you know what breed you are buying and it’s one you want on the farm. – The Fatties
Know how kill traps work and don’t test the sensitivity with your hand. –Moving Back to the City
If you want to train a cow, you have to be more stubborn than the cow. Hang on to the rope and watch for the horns.- Lucy
When butchering chickens it is very helpful to have lots of good help and a chicken plucker; even if they are too small. – Butchering Day
We have a the first calf born on the WildFlower Farm. – Elvis is in the Barn
Being a pregnant farmer is an adventure all it’s own. – Tales of the Pregnant Farmer
Having a baby on the farm is quite an adventure too. – All in a Day’s Work
Now it’s spring, once again, bringing the fresh start to a new year. We have 150 chickens, 16 turkeys and 3 ducks on their way! Maybe another calf too. As well as a few surprises to be shared later (very exciting!).