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January 2013

in Blog, Farming

Farmer’s Guilt

I don’t know if other farmers suffer from farmer’s guilt, but I know I do.  Farmer’s guilt is a term (I made up) that refers to the feeling of guilt a farmer gets when not working.  For example, I have been sick.  Whatever bug I have has just made me soooooooooooo tired.  I can’t seem to get the energy to do anything and just want to take a nap. And I feel guilty. I feel guilty about not working hard enough all the time except when it’s dark (you can’t do farmwork in the dark) and…well, I guess that’s the…

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in Blog, Farming

Farmer's Guilt

I don’t know if other farmers suffer from farmer’s guilt, but I know I do.  Farmer’s guilt is a term (I made up) that refers to the feeling of guilt a farmer gets when not working.  For example, I have been sick.  Whatever bug I have has just made me soooooooooooo tired.  I can’t seem to get the energy to do anything and just want to take a nap. And I feel guilty. I feel guilty about not working hard enough all the time except when it’s dark (you can’t do farmwork in the dark) and…well, I guess that’s the…

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in Blog, Natural Health

Farmers, take a chill pill!

So everyone knows that farmers are workaholics who get up at the crack of dawn and work until the sun goes down and die at an early age (nowadays from cancer from all the pesticides).  Benjamin Franklin taught us “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”  And we have Algernon Sidney’s “God helps them that help themselves.” Farmers can easily work themselves into burnout or death.  Especially American farmers. First off, Americans don’t pay what food is actually worth and it’s hard to find customers who don’t think that your prices are outrageous…

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in Blog, Farming

Suet-Why didn't I know this?

My favorite blog, Fresh Eggs Daily posted an article today about making homemade suet for your chickens.  I’ve vaguely heard of Suet, but never really paid attention to it and basically just thought it was a “treat” for chickens who are pets and spoiled by their owners.  But suet is not just for pampered chickens!  Or at least all chickens should be pampered in this way. Suet, if you didn’t know like I didn’t, is just raw beef or sheep fat (or I suppose it could probably be fat from another animal too).  It can be used for making candles or even…

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in Blog, Chickens, Farming, Livestock, Poultry

Suet-Why didn’t I know this?

My favorite blog, Fresh Eggs Daily posted an article today about making homemade suet for your chickens.  I’ve vaguely heard of Suet, but never really paid attention to it and basically just thought it was a “treat” for chickens who are pets and spoiled by their owners.  But suet is not just for pampered chickens!  Or at least all chickens should be pampered in this way. Suet, if you didn’t know like I didn’t, is just raw beef or sheep fat (or I suppose it could probably be fat from another animal too).  It can be used for making candles or even…

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in Chickens, Farming, Livestock, Poultry

Sanitizing incubator and eggs

The chickens are finally laying well now that the days are lengthening again and the geese are starting to court each other.  Spring is on the way!  And that means one thing.  Babies!!! The best part of farm life is the babies.  Baby chickens and baby geese and adorable little baby ducks and baby goats and baby pigs and even baby wild animals like quail and Killdeer.  I can’t wait to see baby killdeer even if they ARE shorebirds that aren’t supposed to be in the desert.  How much cuter can a baby get? Anyhow, we have the incubator turned…

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in Blog, Gardening

Growing onions in your home garden-Guest post

Enjoy this guest post by Kathy of Sufficient Grace Farms!   Growing onions in your home garden   Most people, myself included, start out growing onions by purchasing a little net bag of dried onion bulbs from a big box store.  These onions always sprouted for me, and grew o.k.  But, they always would bloom mid season, leaving me with an onion that did not store well.  There is a big hole in the center of the onion where the stalk grew, and it leaves it open to rot.     Blooming onions in our garden Doing a little research, I…

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in Blog, Farming, Gardening, Orchard

Mulberry tree cuttings

I wrangled Farmer Thomas into helping me make some tree cuttings today.  Afterall, what are brother-in-laws for? Cuttings are branches of a plant, in this case a mulberry tree, that you use to propagate another plant from.  You can cut the branches with or without leaves.  We needed to prune our mulberries anyways and there’s less work that needs to be done in the winter, so we decided to do winter pruned branches. You don’t need to use rooting hormone.  Mulberries have a great success rate without the hormone, but if you are a bit paranoid (especially when doing as…

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