First Hammer-In, With More To Come

For those of you who don’t stay up late at night pinteresting knife making and forge designs, a hammer-in is a gathering of blacksmiths, bladesmiths and metalworkers, coming together to make stuff.  It’s a time when people can learn new techniques, try out new equipment, or give blacksmithing a try for the first time.  …

Pregnancy Tea

Over the next week we will be adding a few herbal teas to our farm store.  Each tea blend is throughly researched to ensure both safety and efficacy.  Our first tea is a pregnancy tea.  This tea is a red raspberry leaf blend to help both prepare the body for labor, and increase health during…

New Specialty Soaps Available

We have been working on increasing our variety of soaps available.  We currently have Lavender Goat Milk, Orange Goat Milk, Cucumber Mint, and Cumberland River Beer.  Over the next few months you can look for Coffee Cinnamon, Jewelweed Infused Gardener’s Soap, and Sulfur.  We are always open to new suggestions.  If there is a particular…

Woman Broke

Woman broke.  It’s a term I came across while reading sale pages by lamplight at long births, delivering babies for the Amish.  They have the most interesting magazines and classifieds to read.  “Woman broke” means a horse that can be easily driven by a woman.  Some horses are family broke (which means your six year…

Muscovies Experience Freedom

The baby ducks are enjoying their first few days of freedom.  Please take a moment to admire their beauty as this is the best looking they will ever be.  There are several types of Muscovies but they’re all reasonably hideous by the time the reach maturity. Unlike normal ducks, these don’t quack, and they barely…

Milk May Kill Powdery Mildew

Gardening here sometimes feels like an exercise in loss.  We can never know exactly why it will fall short of our expectations, but somehow, it will.  Admittedly it’s usually due to a combination of neglect on my part and enthusiastic labor on the part of the deer, Japanese beetles, and weeds.   This year our…

Nothing to Waste

  We try not to waste anything around here.  We also try not to be hoarders, crushed to death under worthless junk.  It’s a balance.  I was especially struck in college, during a class called Food, Health, and Sustainability, by a concept that I was completely unable to understand at the time.  The nitrogen cycle. …

Sassafras Tea Recipe

Sweet iced tea, it’s the drink of the south.  Except it’s not really, it’s the drink of China.  Tea has been coming across the sea to America since before we were free, but the real “iced tea” of the south is sassafras.   Sassafras has been used as a traditional herbal medicine, and tough I’m…

It’s Baby Duck Season

It’s baby duck season!  This is our third year in our attempt at duck rearing.  Our first year on this farm we ordered a barnyard mix of birds.  That was quite a few chickens, seven turkeys, seven ducks, and two geese.  They were supposed to be a mix of different breeds, which turned out to…

Pay Lake Update

With the smell of honeysuckle drifting down the hill, I drag 400 feet  of hose around the pond to agitate the surface and get my pulverized lime to quit floating.  It seems to be working, the pond is clearing up and the aquatic life is increasing, but I did it for the fish.   Thursday…