Lately I find myself and my guests saying things I never would have thought would come out of our mouths. Here are a few that came up this week "There is no fence that can contain a horny goat.""Ever since I hit that waterer with the truck, its been nothing but trouble.""Well at least there… Continue reading Quotes from the Farm
They aren't what you'd expect. I mean, I love my big-boy tractor and the power tools, but my absolutely favorite farm tools are: A 12-foot length of chain with hooks on either end.This is a marvelous little goodie I found half buried in a burn pile. When attached to either the bucket or the tow hitch is… Continue reading Favorite Farm Tools
Drenching a goat is like giving a cat a pill. Only harder. So last weekend my clever goaties found an un-latched gate to the front yard. I knew goats couldn't eat rhododendrons so I pulled them all out in the fall, but I didn't realize DAPHNE is just a small, fragrant rhodie. Poor Carmen had… Continue reading Goat Resurrection
For whatever reason, my garage floors were half concrete and half gravel when I bought the place. Since the farmstand is getting a little more attention this year, I decided to bite the bullet and finish the job. You may know this already, but concrete is EXPENSIVE! The only way I could afford to do… Continue reading Concrete RULES!
"Sisu is a Finnish term that could be roughly translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. The equivalent in English is 'to have guts', and indeed, the word derives from sisus, which means something inner or interior. However, sisu has a long-term element in it;… Continue reading Sisu
There's a new model for home and fashion in development at the Art Farm. "FARM CHIC: a little on the quirky side with a distinctly farm-flair!" Here are a few examples: An enamel watering pitcher with a big ol' chip out of the spout - Farm chic.Wearing a formal gown while milking the goats at… Continue reading Farm Chic
This season has been so fun and full of farm lessons. I started the season with these specific goals in mind: Plant all the things you know and grow them the way you usually doFigure out all the things that are going to be problems next yearPlant a cover crop in the empty fields to… Continue reading Lessons Learned
My whole life I've only planted in the same two places; mom's place and the old farm. They are within a few miles of each other and behave exactly the same. Same soil, same air, same weather.. Everything. When I moved out here, it made sense to expect surprises and differences. The soil was tested… Continue reading Very First Starts!
It's my one year anniversary this week. 12 months of living here on this wonderful farm. I did a little overhaul of the site a couple of weeks ago and added some new stuff. Check out the sound files 😉 Little Green Tractor The Sheep Next Door Babbling Creek Down Below Tree Frogs in the… Continue reading Sounds from the Art Farm
The goat babies came in the middle of the night with very little fuss or fanfare - and very little help from me! Lola delivered one boy and one girl! They look just like their daddy : ) Lola was a real champ! I came home and she had just delivered them all by herself!!… Continue reading Goat Babies