I aim to step up my NO-LAWN game. 2018 marks my first year planting a cover crop of these winter peas and crimson clover. Because $6.00 on @bakercreekseeds should give me lovely soil ready for spring plantings of front yard edible flowers, medicinal herbs, and of course nutrient-dense veg. I have zinnias, dianthus, nasturtium, borage, echinacea, ginger, lemon balm, fenugreek, cauliflower, heirloom tomatoes, artichoke....oh yes this list goes ON and ON this year. 2018 is my year to really truly evolve. #urbangarden#urbanfarm#frontyardgarden#covercrop#womenwhofarm#preppers#foodaccess#healthysoil#organiclife#organicgardening
A new perspective / I don't often photograph the back of the coop (though it's one of my fave sides). This was sometime yesterday when the snow was still falling! It ended up being about 8.5 inches total. Harriett (our buff hen) 🐓seems to have a little frost bite on her floppy comb. So I've put some coconut oil & Hen Healer on it for now. Nathan also put a makeshift heat lamp (30 watt bulb in a tin can) inside the coop behind the Hardy boy books. I'll probably switch it off before bed, but at least it will be a little warmer in there for them. #hawriverhomestead
Coppa recipe! My hubby found a book at Goodwill called "Home Preserving Made Easy" circa 1975. Love looking through older books to learn older styles of meals and preservation. Some of the techniques have changed but the concepts and the flavor combinations are interesting to read. I also find, in most cases, the recipes are not as complicated and don't require a gazillion ingredients!⠀
As our move out to the country approaches we decided to get ourselves a Blue Orpington pair (haven’t decided on names just yet)! A sweet little pullet and cockerel that couldn’t be more than two months old and are just oh so adorable 😍 I can’t wait to see what a big boy and big girl they grow up to be! And yes I’m 100% breeding him to my lavender Orpington Tina and I hope to get her a Lavender Orpington roo eventually as well! Oh what a beautiful flock mine is becoming, I love how many heritage/specialty breeds we have now! 🐓 The next few breeds on the list are Black Copper Marans, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, Ayam Cemani and of course a few more Easter Eggers cuz their eggs are my fav... 🤣
P.S. if your curious why they are in a large dog crate, it’s because new flock members always go through a quarantining process which usually lasts 3-4 weeks (to make sure they are not carriers of sickness or disease that could be spread to my existing flock) if your at all curious on what’s the best way to do this, click the link in my bio which will take you to my YouTube. I’ve posted a video all about quarantining your flock. 👍🏻
I just love this platform! Instagram is full of amazing feeds & amazing people. It truly is a positive uplifting space! I'm so happy for all the friends I've made & look forward to making many more! So if u follow me 😘 I love getting to know all of u, so reply with a wacky random fact about yourself!
Life from the eyes of a toddler - by Sullivan
Emotional beings, transition-haters, the epitome of being unwell with the moment when it's not as expected. So much life in them, so much love. That magical feeling when your being becomes it's own, looking at you, dead-eying you and telling you unabashedly "I love you" without reserve. A purity of being fully in what they're feeling, what they don't like, what they can do despite what is verbally said. Perfect as they are for this moment, in this moment, everything influences them and changes them just a bit more for the next. Beautiful to see, beautiful to be with this small person - the keeper of another fully independently-thinking person. A sacred position. Uplifting and challenging and opening and testing. Gorgeous, sparkle-filled life. Life opens up when you're there for it ✨
From no snow a few days ago to a sprinkle yesterday 💁 Give me all the snow you want if it's accompanied by this weather! Just gorgeous, huge sun, around 0 degrees celcius. Even Sullivan looked out of the yurt and said "YAY! Let's go, Mama!".
I should say that the best thing about raising our own hogs is knowing the meat in my freezer was raised ethically and humanely. But I'm just gonna admit it, the best thing is there's always #bacon in my house😆🐷
DIY detergent with 5 ingredients! ⠀
✨1 bar @doterra Serenity soap⠀
✨4 cups Arm & Hammer washing soda⠀
✨4 cups Borax⠀
✨15 drops Lemon essential oil⠀
✨15 drops Lavender essential oil⠀
It was so easy - I even took the easy way out and just chopped up the soap with a knife. I'm pretty lazy when it comes to "clean up" so the less I have to clean up the better. ⠀
The recipe recommended putting the soap in your food processor, but I knew there had to be an easier way. I chopped the soap pretty finely, and added it in with the dry ingredients. Finally I dropped in the lemon & lavender essential oil, and gave it a few shakes/stirs. ⠀
I use two small scoops per load of laundry, and it works like a charm (for half the cost of our regular laundry soap)! ⠀
Lemon essential oil is a natural odor neutralizer, so it's perfect in laundry soap. It also purifies and cleanses like a pro! Lavender essential oil promotes restful sleep and is great when washing linens. It's also nice for those who like a fresh scent on their clothes, but have sensitive skin. Lavender is a natural skin soothing agent. ⠀
Have you made your own detergent before? Next up I need to make wool dryer balls! #hawriverhomestead
Friday Frontier: Plowing Ahead. We finally bought a replacement Ram truck. It's red like our last one and was locally owned and operated. It also has a plow. And the timing couldn't have been better. We got hit yesterday with another big snowstorm. ❄️❄️❄️❄️.
Let me tell you, it's wonderful to have our own plow. Keith usually has to plow our long drive and pathways with a tractor and bucket. Since there's no cab on the tractor, he's nearly frozen by the time he finishes. 😱 Not to mention, there are no lights. He's been using a battery operated headlamp. .
But, we're not complaining, honest. Why? The original homesteaders here would have had to plow by horse 🐴 and lantern or by 🤚. And they didn't have the extreme-weather clothing and boots 👢 that we have today. Alas, their ways were more sustainable than ours, but only if they managed to survive..
Thursday Thanks: Kindred Spirits & Squash. We're thankful for the friends that gifted us this Kindred squash. For many years, we've grown green, buttercup squash. But, this was our first time eating Kindred. It's an orange shelled, buttercup squash with a green star on the end. The flesh is also orange. .
When cooked, the aroma is irresistible. It has a creamy texture with a mild, sweet flavor. Add butter and you have dinner. Add butter toasted, candied walnut pieces and you have dessert. Add with cream cheese and layer with lasagna noodles, then spinach with ricotta, onion, and bacon bits and you have a gourmet meal. .
We highly recommend growing and sharing lots of buttercup squash. They're perfect for cold climates and packed with vital nutrients. Not only do kids love them, so do all of our critters. But, beware. They don't share them. Instead, they fight over them. And Lord help any animal that tries to take one away from our cow, Eliza.🐮.
Tuesday Tail Tale: Ow! Stop! You're killing me! Just kidding. I'm Maya and I fooled you, didn't I?! Honest, my eyes are wincing from the camera flash; not pain. And I'm not crying wolf when I say I hurt my tail the other day. Don't know what happened, but when I got back inside, the tip was bleeding. And every time I wagged my happy tail, I painted the cabinets and walls red. Anyway, the bosses tried several different bandages and I kept taking them off. Finally, they covered the bandage with (gasp!) duct tape. Can you believe it?! It's so...so... tacky! .
It's been blessedly raining the past few days, but the dirt bags we laid to dam up the rills and gullies on our farm have been majorly put to the test. The largest gully burst through the bags with the last big rainstorm. After each rain we understand a little better how to slow down the water and mud. We'll get there eventually.... Rome wasn't built in a day, amiright?? 💪😅💦
We haven’t been able to enjoy any of our Chinese Napa Cabbage yet 😭 I love how big and beautiful the leaves are but many of the plants are bolting, so I’ve been giving the majority of it to the chickens and ducks. They ate it so fast and were fighting over it so I’m sure its super tasty #jealous I hope we get to try it before the rest of it bolts. This winter has been so warm the inside of the green house is hitting like 80+ degrees. 😱☀️
I get so excited about everything I want to do this year to grow our little homestead. Then the overwhelm starts to hit. This little comic is the perfect reminder that one step at a time still moves you forward............
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