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Can a farm to be too diversified?

Diversify, diversify, diversify.  That’s all us small farmers are told to do.  And really it’s great advice, but maybe it’s bad advice too? Monoculture farming Throughout the country, there are giant farms with thousands and thousands of acres of ONE crop.  Thousands of acres of corn or wheat or soy bean or alfalfa or almonds or whatever.  But it’s ONE crop by itself. Monoculture farming is a bad word amongst sustainable farmers.  When you only raise one crop or one livestock, you mess up the ecological cycle of animals fertilizing the soil and crops feeding the animals.  Monoculture crop farms…

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Ever wanted to live like a farmer in Ireland?

This summer was fantastic.  I spent nearly a month in Ireland touring around music festivals and of course….farms.  How could I leave my own farm and not go to another one?  Ok ok I’m obsessed. I ended up on Inis Mor, the biggest of the three Aran Islands, where my friend and I took a horse cart tour.  It was so much fun and so beautiful.  Strangely enough I even got a sun burn.  Who knew that was possible in Ireland? The boat trip across was CRAZY choppy.  I stopped recording when the swells reached about 20 ft I really…

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DIY Gorgeous Wood Kitchen Counter for less than $200

DIY Countertops When our Airbnb guest house flooded, the insurance unsurprisingly gave us peanuts to redo it.  Hiring someone else would have left us with crappy flooring, crappy fixtures and a crappy laminate countertop.  We of course decided to just redo the house ourselves and put in quality work. To do it yourself or not do it yourself One of the big expenses was the countertop, which we priced at thousands of dollars.  I don’t believe I found anything for less than two grand.  So of course I called up my big sister, Tashelle, and said I have an idea…

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in Blog, Bloodhounds

Visiting the vet

A Visit to the Vet Our poor puppy, Agatha, has had quite a tough life. She spent many weeks of her early life at the vet with a flu and now she’s back at the vet with possibly an autoimmune disease. She’s the sweetest dog ever, but that’s strange and worrisome in and of itself as bloodhounds tend to be little knuckleheads that slowly grow out of it into big knuckleheads. I say that fondly of course. The vet suspects Aggie has masticatory muscle myosotis. This is where the immune system sees the chewing muscles as foreign and begins to…

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in Blog, Farmlife, Goats, Livestock

A New Baby Goat

  Babies!!! Finally the baby season has started. Usually we have babies running around as early as January, but this year it seems everyone wanted to wait until the weather warmed up a bit.  The long awaited baby of last year’s most adorable baby, Aurora, has finally been born.  She’s so cute and tiny I can barely stand it! It was great timing too.  A waldorf school teacher with an upcoming field trip came by for a tour and after seeing this adorable face, how could she not be super excited about the trip?  I can only imagine what the…

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Farm Lights

  I woke up early before the sun was up to get some beautiful pictures of the sky and enjoy the quiet of the desert before the farm animals wake up.  I wish I’d had more time as the sunrise was extra beautiful and the weather extra perfect which is rare in the extreme desert.  But alas, I had to teach my psychology class at Victor Valley College. After a super interesting class on false memories and cult methods for brainwashing members, I headed back to the ranch to keep working on our renovations.  The bathroom is looking good with a…

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in Blog, Geese

First Cotton Patch Goose Eggs

  It isn’t really the beginning of the new year here at Flip Flop Ranch until the Cotton Patch Geese begin to lay their eggs.  They’re a little late this year as we usually get eggs around valentine’s day (great present isn’t it?), but the weather has been a little weird so maybe that’s why.  We hatch these eggs and ship the babies all around the country.  We’ve never eaten one although it would probably make an awesome omelette.  They’re just worth more as babies since they are rare…plus I’m allergic to eggs! The cotton patch goose has an amazing history….

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in Blog, Farmlife, Farmstay

Visit from a Waldorf homeschool group

  I gave a farm tour today to some wonderful people from a homeschooling Waldorf group from Topanga Canyon, CA who are considering bringing their whole group here for a field trip.  I love Waldorfers.  It’s a style of teaching that is very hands on and very connected to nature and to doing REAL things.  Very much how we teach the kids who visit the farm. There were three adorable little munchkins who just ran all over the farm loving on the animals, especially Bologna the pony.  The kittens were of course the big winners. I really love waldorf because the…

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The farmstay guesthouse flooded!

  I haven’t posted much about this even though we’ve been struggling with it since january. I was walking past the farmstay guest house and noticed water leaking out the walls. I ran inside and there was just inches of water covering the entire first floor. Disaster! I was so upset. The hot water heater’s heating element had shorted out and water was just pumping out. We’ve had to tear out and replace the carpet and the dry wall. The kitchen cabinets had to go and we are replacing them-well at least the bottom ones. The top ones of course…

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