Friday, October 31, 2014
Until then you may see mulitple posts showing up on facebook, and suddenly disappear or re-arrange. This is due to the testing we are doing.
Hopefully it will be resolved soon!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Today we started on a new fencing project. This time it is a new containment fence for a plot of land right next to the farm. We are leasing the land next to us to add a couple more acres of grassland for the sheep / goat rotation.
The land this far has only had electric fencing, and quite some time ago. To change it to field fencing means mostly starting from scratch. Today we installed the first corner post, on the corner by the driveway.
I think it came out pretty good for mostly used materials recycled to create a sturdy fence.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014
Just in time for winter weather, we have the little sprouts personal weather station online! You can now again check weather before heading out to the farm.
As you may recall, the original weather station (accuweather brand) was destroyed in the chicken coop fire last winter.
This time we went with a little better quality brand, ambient weather. We chose the 1200 ip observer. It adds not only accuracy but also uv and solar power measurements.
The widget on our webpage is updated every few seconds 24x7, or you can use this link to get to the details :
Weather is one of the most important aspects of farming, so we are very happy to again have a reliable way to track it!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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Monday, October 13, 2014
Mama Llama is a female llama we brought on board just a few months ago to help guard the foothill property animals. She was purchased from a farm in bend, and moved directly to that property. Her exposure to any of us was very limited, and almost exclusively at a distance. In fact she has been living alone at foothill for weeks. She is hte one that was constantly blocking our attempts to load the sheep sunday night. So, needless to say, she was not going to be an easy catch.
Llamas are inherently different from horses. They are more like camels than horses. Their personalities are perfect for a guard animal... distrusting, alert, aloof, and difficult. We are by no means expert llama handlers either! To make matters more difficult.. mama was out loose on 60 acres! So.. yep.. here we go!
At first we tried to just herd her towards the makeshift holding pen we used for the sheep. No go. After running back and forth with 4 of us for an hour or so we decided that was pointless. So I tried to make friends... a bucket of grain and I could get within 3 feet, but no closer. Her hunger for grain didnt outweigh her distrust for me.
So what do we do?
At the moment of not having any ideas left... something interesting happened. I saw a vision. Walking across the pasture wondering if this was possible... I suddenly saw a movie in my head... a movie of us, walking across the pasture, holding a white rope maybe 50 yards long. We were stretched out in a semi circle, with the llama walking peacefully towards the open end.
WOW! What an idea!
So, we grabbed maybe 100 yards of white electric fence rope from the old sheep pens, folded it in half twice to make 4 "ropes" about 25 yards long, about aligned ourselves in a straight line evenly spaced out, and walked behind her. At first she was a bit spooked and moved away quickly. WE followed, letting her set the pace. She walked towards a corner. At this point i realized the "rope" was too short, so we unfolded once to make it about 50 yards long. We were then able to circle around her at a safe distance with a half circle. IT was WORKING!
As we slowly walked towards the holding pen, i realized that the holding pen was now behind the parked trailer and 15 passenger van (the "buggy"). I was a bit concerned thinking "how in the world do we squeeze past the trailer like this to the holding pen without loosing her? She seemed to repect the "rope" and wouldn't touch it, but arranging our half circle to get past the trailer looked impossible.
But then, as if hearing a voice in my head, the thought hit me... "Why are you going around the trailer... just open the back door". Oh. Yea... lol.. why not!
So, here we are... I have one end of the rope, Brenda (now very pregnant) has the next corner, uncle Bradley has the opposite corner to me, and hunter has the other end. While holding the rope I made it to the trailer (we all move together keeping the rope taught at her back level) and open the rear door, then hunter moved to the other side of the trailer . At this point, her virtual "pen" only had one exit.. the trailer ! So we started closing in the pen, ever so slowly, to reduce her space until she was standing right at the open trailer door.
We gave her time.. a few minutes, and every so often closed the space a tiny bit more, everyone totally quiet. Finally, on her own, she just stepped right into the trailer! As we closed the door behind her, I was thinking "wow!" that was absolutely amazing!
SO yea, if you need to catch a wild llama, pray. Through divine inspiration we accomplished a seemingly impossible task in under 2 hours!
We owe so much of our success to our creator. Without His constant guidance, my inexperience would make this venture called farming wrought with mistakes! But fortunately, what He calls us to do.... He empowers us to complete!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
|Grandma has the wire ties ready to build the holding pen! Notice her little blue truck in the background making part of the pen chute. Is that redneck?|
|Here is the holding pen, ready to go!|
|Ollie is excited!|
|Bunch of cowboys herding them to the pen|
|Follow Uncle Bradley!|
|Rainey (the Llama) races into the pen to find the grain|
|Quick! Close the door!|
|Tighten this panel, open the chute, and ready for the first load into the stock trailer|
|Ollie misses Rosemary :)|
|He keeps her entertained while we get ready|
|Now remember, when I tell you, pull the rope hard and slam the door shut!|
|Ok, well, Momma Llama doesnt like whats going in. In fact she was a real problem! We ended up letting her out after a few hours because she insisted on blocking hte chute so the sheep could not load, on purpose! She is a smart one!|
|Trying to make friends, but she wast not quite ready|
|And here they are the next morning, happy and home in the pasture on the farm.|
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Not just the normal definition of healthy, but truly healthy... Get serious about our lifestyle, diet, and reliance on pharmaceuticals. The only thing we can do today to fight these invisible enemies is strengthen our own immune systems to fight them off if exposed.
- Detox from the poisons absorbed from our food and environment
- Increase probiotics through supplements and naturally fermented foods
- Increase healthy fats like lard, raw egg yolk, coconut oil, real butter
- Eliminate carbs like sugar, breads, pasta, grains of all kinds
- Add plenty of real properly produced broth from healthy soy free animals
- Eat only from scratch, nothing from a box or package ready to eat.
- Eat only organic or beyond organic.
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Friday, October 10, 2014
your car registration
my car registration? why?
For the iodine
I need your registration for the iodine
Ok, at this point I am looking for the hidden camera... there has to be one, right? Why else would the checker at the local hardware / feed store be asking for my auto registration? but no.. it wasn't a hidden camera stunt, it wasn't a joke. She was absolutely serious. I was in total disbelief!
Apparently someone or someones in the government of the state of Oregon decided that plain ole iodine (used extensively on a farm) should be a controlled substance. Apparently they passed a law that states that since iodine (along with a long list of other normal everyday items) could be used to create illegal drugs, and therefore it must be "controlled" .... seriously? So since you can use iodine as a root ingredient in illegal drugs, a normal citizen is no longer allowed to buy iodine without presenting a picture id AND auto registration. If you don't own a car, or don't drive said car to the store, you simply can not buy iodine!
Oh my. What has our country fallen to! Do we really think that drug dealers / manufacturers are going to slow down by having to abide by this rule? There are plenty of ways around it without even thinking hard... but normal people are inconvenienced and ... at least for me.. insulted. Why should I have to prove who I am to purchase a regular commodity? No crime has been or will be committed. These type of laws are just foolish. They wont do a thing to stop crime.... do we really thing a drug dealer will just say "oh that's too hard, i need to get a real job" ? sigh...
Nevertheless it is the law. Iodine is now a controlled substance, along with a long list of other household things. Where does this stop? perhaps we should mandate water be rationed, it is used in virtually every drug manufacture. OR spoons! Spoons are used regularly in making drugs... we need to outlaw these things! sigh.
Iodine is a controlled substance... wow. In america. We are so quick to give up freedoms, liberty, for a fake sense of security. What would the founding fathers say? They risked their lives to create a free nation, not one where the government has to ok the sale and possession of simple things like.. iodine.
We just finished packaging s batch of turkey stock. There is meat stock (from boiling meat) bone broth (from boiling bones in light vinegar) and head/feet stock (from boiling those). All packaged separately and available.
Now, let me qualify... each of these is made from very special turkeys... you simply can not find this quality of stock in the store. Here's the rundown:
- Heritage breed (Narraganset)
- Soy Free (no soy allowed on our farm at all)
- Organically fed (when necessary to supplement)
- Pasture raised (80% of their feed comes from pasture grass / weeds and bugs)
- Free Range (not cooped for the majority of their life)
- Mature (allowed to live at least 1 year + to build mature meat and fat)
- Humanely processed (to avoid stress hormone release)
Ok, all that said... this broth / stock is nothing short of liquid gold. It is dense, colorful, flavorful, and full of .... whatever makes this stock.
So.. I wondered.. how much is really in there? Lets find out! I took the same glass jars that the stock is in, filled with the same water that was used to make the stock, and measured the WEIGHT. The results are amazing! It is possible to see the "stock" ingredients with weight!
Every quart of meat stock weights approx 1 oz MORE than the water used to make it!
Every pint of bone broth weighs approx 1/2 oz MORE than the water used to make it!
That tells me (in an unscientific explanation) that there is 1 oz per quart of "stuff" from the bird held suspended within the meat stock and bone broth! an ounce for a quart is a lot if you ask me! And all that "stuff" is what makes this liquid do healthy for you!
Here's a challenge.. go buy a quart of broth or stock from the store, and weigh it compared to water... I wonder how much "stuff" is in it. But of course first check the ingredients list to see if ANYTHING is added.. we add nothing, absolutely nothing. Any takers?
I dont know what that "stuff" in stock is.. but I know it is the basic requirement for a healthy diet. Our own family has a cup of broth with EVERY meal that is not a soup meal. It is yummy and healthy. More about our experiences coming soon.... for now.. I encourage you to buy some broth or stock! you will not be disappointed!
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Turkey stock is coming! Here is the first 12 gallons of turkey meat stock cooking in the big pots. The little out has 6 gallons of head and feet stock. We will start bottling tomorrow and have this luscious health powerhouse available for all by the weekend!
This round wet are going to put all the stocks (meat, bone, and head /feet) into glass jars of quart, pint, and half point respectfully. Those are the proportions most often used for each.
Then... We will work on frozen boneless turkey, and finally a variety of turkey soups! All that health in an easy to use form! Yum!
And it all starts here...
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Monday, October 6, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Wow, what a day this was! We spent over 6 hours talking to people, giving out samples, and finding new friends at the Jacksonville salmon fest. It was an awseome day overall! The cheese was the biggest hit, just about everyone loved it. The next most popular was the cultured salsa, and followed by the kombucha and pickles.
The crowd was steady, friendly, interested, and hungry! Rarely was there a 5 minute window without someone to chat with.
Hunter was the star today, he probably personally talked to 300 people, telling our story over and over with excitement. Even more special was that today is his birthday! It's something to think back just a few years, before our journey into truly healthy foods, when the ASD he suffered from prevented him from completing a sentence. He has come so far, so quickly. He has become an expert speaker, boldly talking to strangers with exuberance. We are very proud of him, and very thankful that the creator showed us how to help him.
What a day. I, for one, am tired.
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We welcome you to stop by the smoked salmon fest and visit our booth. We will have free samples of many of our products for you to try! Wonder what good goat cheese taste like? stop by! we will have at least 6 flavors out with samples. Want to try the Nourishing Traditions Fermented Salsa? Stop by for a taste! Would you like to compare our full flavored fully live Kombuchas to the store bought stuff? Today is the day!
Look for our booth! We will see you there!