chickens?

our neighbors may lend us a chicken tractor or two this year. we are all discussing if we are going to have chickens.  we are so shy after our trial by fire with sheep. so tempting, but we have to be real about how much work it is or could be.  ultimately it is not...
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the little things

this is saving so much time.  dishes on the farm have never been cleaner. we were waiting to do this until we figured out our water softening situation. after reading more about water softening it is said that you should not drink softened water and that the salt that is used has its own set...
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Storm damage 3 months out

The storm that hit right before halloween this year knocked down numerous trees and countless branches. This is what is stil out in the field – i do not exaggerate when i say that all the grass you see in this field was covered with limbs.  we have been steadily picking away at it and are many...
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Draining wet fields

We have a low area of our field into which water settles and remains just below if not on the surface of the soil.  We estimate that we have about 1/3 of an acre that we planted last year that was just too wet and needed some help.  The amazing thing about being so near...
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noble goods

christopher and molly were here this weekend.  all around the house little things magically happened.  a curtain rod was moved,  insightful observation were offered, many many foto shoots were staged with ease. chris is following his vision to create the title of this post.  do check out the creative detailing on his site. one of...
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Art

Marianne Vitale just had her show reviewed.  we had so much fun hosting the burning and shooting mentioned in the article.  Jesse and Chris were literally a hoot to have and anthony and kristen even got out amps around the fire and there were some sick baselines laid down . http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/arts/design/marianne-vitale.html
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WE LOVE YOU SIMONE

SIMONE.  there is always a place for you here in our hearts.
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Electrical upgrade for solar and off grid power generation

I have signed a power purchase agreement with http://www.solarcity.com/ which means that they are going to install an 8KW grid tied array out in the upper field.  This should meet all of the electrical demands of the farm if we are careful.  In order to make this happen we needed to have all of the electricity...
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ground prep and railroad tie retaining wall for the new greenhouse

the dream from the beginning has been to attach a half hoop greenhouse to the south edge of the house.  andrew faust and joel salatin both speak about the benefits of this arrangement.  in short it uses the thermal mass and heating systems – we just added a wood stove – of the house to...
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The Appalachian Trail

After 2 years on the farm Amber and I finally visited the AT despite being a few miles from the Dover oak tree which is supposed to be the largest oak tree on the trail.  We spent an hour walking up to the telephone pioneers shelter.  It was a 5 minute drive to the trail...
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