Hey there! Its been a while since I blogged about what’s going on with the farm and family, so here we go! If you haven’t already, make sure you subscribe to my Instagram and “Like” me on Facebook if you want to tune in to more farm & family adventures 🙂 I update daily on those pages!
I decided to start this blog series called “Farm & Family Fridays” since so many of you have asked me to share more info about our homesteading lifestyle, being a business owner, and homeschooling/unschooling 2 kids. I regularly preserve our own food (canning, dehydrating, fermenting), grow fruits & veggies, raise livestock, cook almost every type of cuisine under the sun, and enjoy teaching my children all kinds of different practical life skills. These posts will also act as a sort of public diary, a good space where I can chronicle the growth of my farm & family. If you are interested in hearing about topics relating to homesteading, homeschooling/unschooling and feeding a family of four nutrient dense foods make sure to check back every Friday for a new post!
First things first, we just started prepping the spring garden. Make sure to browse through the slideshow below to see photos. The kids, my husband and I all put on our gardening boots and planted:
- 2 varieties of kale
- 2 varieties of lettuce
- collard greens
- herbs (rosemary, chives, cilantro, parsley, basil, etc.)
Allie also started her own flower garden. She loves to sprinkle handfuls of random flower seeds so we have to wait to see what actually blooms in the spring! Later this month, we’ll be adding cucumbers, sweet peas, watermelons, peppers and pumpkins to the garden. Yum!
We put our new Maremma sheepdog puppy, Fetty, in a pen with the goats and cows so he can get accustomed to the herd that he’ll be looking after. He is SO adorable, but since he is still a puppy (4 months), he gets a bit too excited sometimes and will pounce on you.. lovingly, of course! We love him, and Allie is always jumping in the pen, trying to train and tame him.
Now that Sweet Jones (our Nubian buck) is back to his old self, we put him in one of the pastures with our 2 female goats for breeding. We would love to have baby goats on the farm in about 5 months! I’ve been waiting for my chance to learn how to make my own goat cheese! Fingers crossed! Also, we are still having our daily breakfast scramble with the eggs from our hens. Even though its been on the chilly side here all the chickens are still laying nicely, and the ducks are fine as well.
My sister came to visit us recently. She acted as my assistant at AQS QuiltWeek in Daytona and stayed with us for a few days on the farm before going back home to NYC. She took the kids out to our road with their bikes and took some pictures of them with her “new” (read: vintage) camera (a 1981 Canon AE-1 Program). I’m so lucky that my kids love being outside, as it was the childhood I had for myself and I know how special those experiences can be.
Now I’ll leave you with a slideshow of more images you may enjoy. Click the arrow to the right of the first image to scroll through and see them all. I hope you enjoy these posts and please let me know if you have any topic suggestions for the future! Check back here every Friday and I’ll talk to you later 🙂