Zero Waste Baby Steps: Month 1

Zero Waste Baby Steps: Month 1

Photo credit: Photo by, Flickr creative commons, edited 2014. The goal: Minimize our possessions and trash output. Since I’m slowly baby stepping my way to a life of less stuff and less trash, I thought I’d document my monthly progress and challenges. During January I spent a lot of time getting setup. Here’s what […]

Homemade Broiler Feed Recipes

Broiler chicken feed recipes

I’m no chicken feed expert, but I thought I’d share the feed recipes we used for the two batches of meat chickens we’ve raised so  far at Whistle Pig Hollow (Cornish Cross in 2014 and Freedom Rangers in 2013). Cornish Cross Ration We wanted a soy-free whole grain mix. We needed the grains whole because […]

Killing Pigs Nicely, Farmstead Meatsmith Style

pork harvest

Warning. This posts contains graphic images of pigs being killed and butchered. If you’d rather not see such things, now is the time to read a different post. May I suggest an adorable baby calf being born? On New Year’s day we slaughtered our two pigs we’d gotten the previous February. (Yes yes, you did […]

2015 Homestead Goals

Homestead Goals 2015

In addition to trying to drastically reduce our belongings and our trash, we must keep things rolling around ye old homestead. Here are our 2015 goals. Become more efficient. At everything. There are so many things around here that could be streamlined. For instance, with a couple more hoses we could have water delivered directly […]

Electric Poultry Netting for Pastured Broiler Chickens

Chicken tractor or poultry netting

We’ve now raised two batches of meat chickens. Our first batch, 50 Freedom Rangers, were housed in a moveable chicken tractor (basically a mobile pen that the chickens stay in full time) that we moved every day to a new patch of grass. Our second batch, 50 Cornish Cross, free ranged within the confines of […]

My Zero Waste Goals for 2015

zero waste 2015

Photo credit: Photo by, Flickr creative commons, edited 2014. I dream of nothing. No, really. Nothing. Ever since I read Zero Waste Home a while back, I’ve been longing for freedom from my stuff. And my trash. Here’s the deal. My time is valuable. I want to spend it doing things with my family, […]

2014 Year in Review

FB Collage

How does time simultaneously fly and creep by? I can barely remember all of the activity that went on around here last year. But at the same time, I can’t believe another year has already passed by. I love this time of year, when I get to look back on all that has happened and […]

Preparing for Baby’s First Food

baby first food

Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Jencu, Edited 2014 Baby Quill is almost five months old and before I know it, it will be time to start her on solid foods (at six months). I really can’t believe it-  seems like she was just born yesterday. During her nap time, as I’m rocking her to sleep, […]

Ecocentric Mom & Baby Box Review

FB Ecocentric

When baby Quill was three months old, Ecocentric Mom sent me a complimentary “Mom and Baby” box to us. Baby Quill is now four months old. It has shamefully taken me an entire month to get my review up, even though we ended up enjoying our box of goodies like 0.2 seconds after it arrived […]

Fridays on the Farm: Morning Farm Chores (Fall 2014)

Fall farm chores

This post brought to you from the afterlife. What? Oh, I haven’t died and gone to heaven? Ahhh, my children are just both napping at the same time. But seriously, it’s full on crazy town at our house these days. But every now and then, I get the teeniest bit of down time and I […]