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Where Have All the Honey Bees Gone?

When I was growing up, honey bees were everywhere. There was a field of clover behind my house. There were always honey bees browsing the clover blossoms. Today I don’t see honey bees very often. Most of the pollination in my garden and orchard seems to be done by carpenter bees and wasps. I appreciate […]

Why Are Perennials Important?

What is a perennial? A perennial plant is one that lives more than 2 years. With an annual garden, we start over every year. By planting perennials, we create something that with proper care can provide a productive output for years. Perennials are cornerstone elements of a permaculture food forest. One of the goals of […]

The Chick Is in the Mail

As early as 2009, I started thinking about getting chickens. I would always come up with some reason not to do it. Not enough free time. Too much work. Did I really want a bunch of chickens to take care of. I didn’t even like eggs that much. Of course that was because the eggs […]

Meet Our Cats

Cats Awake

When we moved here, one thing we had to get used to was mice. They seem to go hand in hand with living on a farm. Cats are a great defense against mice. We have 2 mice hunters. That’s Murphy on the left and Chloe on the right. Murphy is the head […]

Why Should We Grow Gardens?

Few things can help us on the journey to self-sufficiency more than a garden. Gardens can provide many benefits besides just producing vegetables. Digging in the dirt is good for your body as well as your mind. Tending a garden is relaxing and rewarding. Contact with microorganisms in the soil is good for our digestive […]

Why Is Water So Important?

In an earlier post, I listed many of the projects I’ve worked on around our property. You can see it here. In time, I will talk about all of these projects in depth. First I plan to introduce each of the key project areas. Today I will begin with the most important resource of all […]

The Coyotes Are Getting Bolder

Coyote Pup Running Toward Me

Today I was working outside when I saw a coyote running through the yard. The coyotes are very attracted to our chickens. I have the chickens pretty well protected but the coyotes seem to be getting bolder. I grabbed my RWS 350 pellet rifle and my phone. The coyote […]

Why Do I Like Solar Energy?

There are several reasons why I like solar energy. Of all the systems I have put in place on our property, the solar panels and solar water heater require the least amount of attention and on-going maintenance. Once installed, they produce energy for us every day and lower our utility bills.

Here are some facts […]

Which Came First – The Chicken or the Egg?

Which came first – the chicken or the egg? It’s the age old question. The eggs always came from the grocery store as far as I knew. So, technically I guess the eggs came first for us. But does that really answer the question?

My roots in having chickens are deep When I was a […]

Where Do I Start?

How did it start? Nine years ago our family moved from a suburban home with an HOA to a farm. Mind you the farm is still in the middle of the suburbs but nonetheless it is a farm. We live on three acres that are zoned agricultural and there is no HOA. There are horses […]