I am experimenting with a new idea. New to me that is. I am sure techy people all over the world already do this. Here’s the scoop.
I write a weekly newsletter. Sometimes it’s a monthly newsletter. It depends on Life. And my organization. But I realized this year that with over 3000 folks subscribed, I really should be sending something out more often. The other side of the coin, I don’t want to be boring, or annoying. Or any other things that would cause people to unsubscribe.
As an experiment, I am creating a post for the blog from the newsletter. Sort of a way to reach more people with what’s going on here on our farm. Because I figured that is probably why you follow this website anyway! Please let me know what you think of this format. Feedback is welcome as long as it’s kind and helpful!
The link below will take you to the original format for the newsletter.
July 10, 2018
Highlights from the past week include, really hot
weather followed by a few days of amazing
beautiful days and cool nights. Some of the
chickens decided to get back to egg laying but
one coop is still holding out. Six hens are
seriously broody. I am trying to figure out if
there are any other reasons for the lack of egg production in the others. It’s
too early for molting and they haven’t had any stress besides the high heat
which ended a few days ago.
The sheep are getting lots of grazing time now that the grass is in. Even
with the fences down from the storms, we managed to rig up a drive way
gate so they can still be Sheep on the Loose! Take a look at the beautiful
dyed wool (photo below)I helped create with my friends Ruth and Patty from
The Mill at Meadowlands. It sure was fun to work on this big project. The
client was very happy with the colors, too.
Happy Birthday to my mom this week! Have a great day Mom!
This week, I wanted to introduce you to Teri Page. Her website is
Homestead Honey and if you need tried and true homestead and healthy
cooking advice, this is a great website to follow. Teri has a new e-book
ready and just in time for fall garden preparations. You can take a look by
clicking this link.
Homestead Honey’s Guide to Fall Gardening
Have a great week and please take care, keep in touch!
P.S. I am obsessed with bread baking! look at the photo below for
one day’s baking! If you want a really good sourdough bread
baking guide, I love this e-book from Alderman Farms.
I can’t wait until my next natural
dye class on October 11, 2018. And
I will be joined by Patty Sanville
from Budding Creek Farm. Patty will
teach the fundamentals of spinning
after we show you the routine of
preparing a fleece for spinning.
Then in the afternoon we will mix
up dyes from plants and dye some
skeins that you can take with you.
All this happens the day before the
two day conference where you can
meet multitudes of homesteading
folks, vendors, speakers, authors,
and have the best time ever! Last
year was so much fun and this year
is going to be even more amazing!
The tickets are on sale for the
month of July! don’t miss this great
The link for the October 11 hands
on class is separate and you can
find out more here.
How do you know if your chickens
are getting the amount of food they
need? Is there a simple plan?
I recommend feeding chickens free
choice with as many bowls or
feeders as necessary to ensure that
all the chickens can freely eat
without being bullied or chased
away from the food by a flock
leader. For our example flock of six
chickens, I would recommend two
feeders or bowls for the full grown
hens. At the end of the day, as the
chickens go in to roost, notice how
much feed is left in the feeders or
bowls. Adjust the next days feed
accordingly. For more information
on this subject click over to the full
I worked on a large yarn dyeing order with The Mill at Meadowlands. Ruth
Lamb, Patty Sanville and I teamed up to prepare the gorgeous colors for this
batch of yarn. The customer was very happy with the results. I was grateful
for the chance to work with a larger quantity of fleece. Turns out math is
important in life after all!