Category Archives: wisdom

Current Events (locally)

One of my honey bee mentors  reached out to me last week with an offer. He said he had an extra nuc (new colony of bees) that he would be willing to trade  for some apples come fall. (We have … Continue reading

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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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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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“What have you learned over the past few months?

I apologize in advance if that question bugs you just a little.  😉 But I am genuinely curious, and after it seems most of you have weighed in, I too will give that question a whirl. Thank you in advance! … 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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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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Wild Mulberry Wine

photo by Google There are half a dozen wild mulberry trees on our property. They are a pain to mow around when they’re  loaded with  berries. More than once. I’ve had berries fall down behind my back and end up … Continue reading

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The Hum of Ten Thousand Wings

Living here on this 140 year old farmstead  never gets old…. I was out in the garden/orchard just now soaking it all in. The temps this morning are in the mid 60’s,  there is a light breeze.  Great way to … Continue reading

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