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My, My, we're a quiet group lately. :>) I hope everyone is doing well, busy, but well. This year has been nonstop for us. We've grown our cattle herd and have several calves on the ground now. I've got 5 bottle calves that are being raised on goat's milk. My newest one arrived this past Thursday from a farm down the road who called and said "if you want her, come get her".
I've gotten a few more wholesale accounts for my goat's milk soap and body products. YEAH! And am already scheduled for a few trade shows, festivals, and markets. It is sure to be a very busy year.
Added more chickens for eggs and am taking meat birds to the processor next week. All of this to get ready for the first farmer's market. My garden is weeks behind as our weather has been totally screwed up. Hopefully I'll get started this week. At least I don't do much veggie production for market.
Let me know how you are all doing!
Thanks Sheri! I am praying I get a good response from it. Best wishes on selling your rental and becoming debt free! It's a great feeling. We're trying to become debt free again.
I keep hearing the weather reports and can't believe what's happening in the east! We only had one freeze this year...hopefully enough for the AZ apples. But our spring started early and now we're sitting in the 80's. Our humidity was down to 4 percent the other day. It's absolutely beautiful..I wish we were planting this year! The downside is that the west is facing drought conditions. Now why can't we share our warmth with the east, and they share their water with the west?
I've been taking contract jobs, and next month we'll be putting our rental on the market. God willing it will sell this spring and we can pay off the house and be debt free. I'm looking forward to doing more workshops here. I miss it!
Jeremy, that's a cool idea! One commercial grower here needed chicken manure, but not eggs, and there's a legal limit to the number of eggs he can sell. He has an adopt-a-chicken program and people pay $39 for 90 days, for which they receive 6 eggs/week. One lady visits her chicken regularly and even sews outfits for it. LOL!
Sam, are you self-publishing your books?
Officially started "Adopt a Chick" today on my facebook site. No responses yet but I do have a few verbal commitments from people that I've asked beforehand. 10 families are my goal. I am charging $5/month for the child to name it, receive a newsletter, and come out to see it. For $10/month they get all of that plust 2 dozen eggs/month.
Hey everyone, can you believe it is the middle of march? I'd like for Spring to get here in Tennessee. Our weather is nuts. highs in the upper 60's one day, drops down to a high of 30 the next.
we had a huge lose on our farm last week. one of our cows went into labor and couldn't deliver the calf. My vet worked for a very long time and unfortunately, the calf was huge and I'll spare you the details (it was horrible) and we ended up loosing both the momma and the calf. I understand this is part of farming, but it still hurts. I didn't even like this cow, but it sure made me cry when we had to put her down. here I was worried about all of my first time momma's and this cow has had several calves and was the one with the problem.
On a happier note, I have a heating & cooling unit set up in my Soap Studio now so I can work no matter what the weather is like. I'm very excited about this. My herd share program is off to a wonderful start and I am still getting new customers for my poultry CSA. Now, it the weather would cooperate, I could actually get some plants in the ground!
Hope everyone is doing well!
One more thing. I lost my day job back on January 6, so I was pushed out of the nest. Got some severance which helps and we are debt free with a year's supply of staples and food growing all around us. I've gotten a lot of writing done in addition to planning this year's CSA and Farmers Markets. Got a lot in the oven, but need to get some of these books to market. Can't get paid if their still on my laptop.
Hey y'all. Been really busy here, too. Wishing the polar vortex would go bother someone else. It's been a hard winter. Lost three litters of bunnies due to the cold. Two of the three does are normally good mothers, but didn't build nests. I'm guessing the weather disoriented them, too. The other one is a pain in the tootie at the best of times. She only had one kit, and killed it. Also, lost quite a few Tilapia. I just couldn't stay ahead of the weather and keep the water warm. The few that survived were smart enough to find a warm pocket between water heaters and stick close by. On happier notes, kidding season is over. 4 does had 8 kids between them. Perfect. All are happy and healthy. Will sell a couple and put the rest in the freezer. My snap peas look good. I have them in earthboxes in the greenhouse. They are ready to be trellised, so will move them outside once this polar wave passes. I guess the only other news is, we have a restaurant to supply with veg this season. He will advertise us on the menu, also. We have one aquaponics gig to speak at in May. And that mostly catches you up for now.
Hope everyong is doing well. I can hardly believe we are at the end of Feb. already. We had beautiful weather here over the weekend and it sure makes me want to start digging in the dirt, but it will be back in the teens at night by the middle of the week.
We still have about 6 inches of snow on the ground and a cold night or two ahead, but it looks like it will warm up in a few days and melt off all this white stuff here in Indiana.
The chickens are sick of it, and so am I. I'm sure we will have a late spring, but I'm ready for it whenever it comes.
I hope our East Coast and Southern members are doing OK through these crazy ice and snow storms. Sam, how is everything in Georgia? We've been lucky to have missed this last round. Other then being cold, we're set. And, this weekend it is supposed to be in the upper 50's WOO HOO
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