Pink Lady’s Slipper – Plant of the Week

This week we have a very special plant, Pink Lady’s Slipper (Cypripedium Acaule)!  This was the first time I have actually found this plant in the wild.  Now that I have found it flowering I realize of course that I have passed by it many times and wondered what those strange leaves were.   Pink…

Indian Cucumber – Plant of the Week

This week we will explore Indian Cucumber (Medeola Virginiana).  Indian Cucumber grows in the forest usually on slopes or near creeks in small colonies.  When mature it has two levels of circularly arranged leaves, and stands about 12 inches at most, often flowering when only 6 inches tall During some times of the year you…

Plant of the Week – Wild Iris

Southeast Kentucky has some of the most diversified forests in the country.  We have been blessed with an extensive variety of habits just on our farm.  So we’re going to try each week featuring one of our favorite plants.   This week we have the Wild Iris.  It grows a short walk, or longer 4-wheeler…

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…