Category Archives: farming

Hardening

I picked up a nuc of honey bees a month ago.  (A nuc is short hand for a new colony of honey bees, ie, nucleus) . In talking with the owner about overwintering  bees,  he told me something very interesting.  … Continue reading

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This morning

Saw this photo come across my Facebook feed this morning. Welcome to my world. Photo by Abeling photography I drive by that grain elevator almost daily.  DM        

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The question is…

Decided to scrap my other attempts at  “What have I learned the past several weeks” and come at it from a different angle.  🙂 ++++++++++++++ This is all farm related stuff I’ve learned as a direct result of the current … Continue reading

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The Good Gift

This will be short. Picture of our property in 1921. The young girl in the middle surrounded by chickens was the previous owner before we bought it.  Her name was Cecelia.   She never got married.  She loved cats.  Had over … Continue reading

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Beast Mode

I mentioned in the previous post, the bottom has dropped out of the cattle and hog market nation wide (due to (COVID-19).  Multiple packing plants are closed and farmers who have hogs ready for market are selling them for pennies … Continue reading

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This little piggy IS going to market

I remember  grandpa talking about having a truck load of hogs ready for market during the Great Depression and not being able to get $5.00 a piece.   That’s 280 pounds of live hog for $5.00.  By the time they paid … Continue reading

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Nothing new under the sun except, there is….

I have Sunchoke root stock for sale right now. That’s never happened before! 🙂 Very limited amount. $10 a pound plus postage.  If you happen to stumble across this post sometime in the future, don’t hesitate to reach out.  I … Continue reading

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Introducing….

Wanted to introduce the latest addition to our farm family, QJ : He is a silver penciled rock crossed with Americana.  He came from our neighbors next door (Hi Nicole ) 😉  Since he was already named, I kind of … Continue reading

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Hammer Mill

Two weeks ago, when I was going to work, a small wood chipper/ hammer mill caught my eye.  It was sitting in a row with some other used lawn equipment.  I decided to stop on the way home, just to … Continue reading

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Celebrating Labor Day Weekend like this….

Labor Day weekend 2019. We celebrated by picking  just over 1000 pounds of Cortland and Honeycrisp apples and  100 pounds of honey  from our apiary. I have a couple of more ton of apples to pick in the next few … Continue reading

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