Guys, GUYS!!!! It's pawpaw season! Just in case you didn't know. Paw paws are probably my favorite fruit. They are the largest fruit native to North America and the only tropical fruit native to North America. also, they are delicious! I had a meeting with with my advisor yesterday in the UPA building. As I … Continue reading PAW PAW SEASON!!
It is now the end of week 2 in my final semester of my masters. I *technically* have one and a half classes and my thesis. The half of a class is my seminar. I have to attend five lectures about sustainability and write a short one page essay on each one. Not a huge … Continue reading Last semester.
It's official!!!! Mama duck has had her second clutch? brood? Brood. They are adorable!! I was able to catch one MID HATCH!!!! It was absolutely amazing. Hopefully this brood will fair better than the last one! She is also having some difficulty with her hatch rate. She only hatches about half of her eggs. It's … Continue reading More baby ducklings!!
We have been intentionally educating ourselves on the native plants in our area. As ecologists we think it's important to bring the land back to a somewhat natural state. As activists we have been realizing the importance and benefits of utilizing what the land has to offer just as the Natives did, and still do. … Continue reading Foraging!!
It is currently 90 degrees in our house. I am officially a puddle. The kids are hanging out in their underwear and occasionally the 16 yo yells "It's so hot!". The heat is making us snippy at each other, Chris spends most of his time feeling ill, and turns the rest us into piles of … Continue reading I’m a Puddle
One of the baby ducks (not really babies anymore though, since they are now larger than the mama!) was injured about three weeks ago. I came out to feed them one morning and discovered it under the solar panels, unable to walk. I carried it into the house, looked it over to see if I … Continue reading Baby Duck
GUYS!!! GUYS!! The blackberries are in!!! I am so excited!! I went out yesterday and collected enough for 2 CSA boxes and a batch of jam, which will make about 8 jars of jam. Meaning.... as long as I can get to it today we should have jam at the farmers market on Saturday!!! I … Continue reading Blackberries are in!!!!
Over the past week we lost three baby chicks. We couldn't figure out of something was getting them or or if they were getting too hot from this heat wave. I bought a new 3.5 gallon waterer for the outside birds to make sure they didn't get dehydrated. The ducks loved it, but the chickens … Continue reading Sad News
The final project for my summer class was to write a series of Op Eds and try to get them published. One of them was published!!! Below I have the link to the article and the article itself. ENJOY! https://www.kentucky.com/opinion/op-ed/article252346353.html The USDA has just approved a $4 billion debt relief fund to minority and disadvantaged … Continue reading I wrote an Op-Ed!
I adore babies, all babies, especially babies I can watch but not actually have to take care of! One of our farm goals is to have enough chickens that we can hatch about 25-50 new babies a year and not have to order them anymore. Ordering chickens is expensive and also requires me to care … Continue reading New Babies!!!