• Homestead

    Land, Sweet, Land

    Well, I finally made the leap towards owning my own homestead.  We moved from the quarter acre lot that we had raised our kids on and moved out to 7 acres!  It’s all about perspective.  I know 7 acres isn’t quite the same as living out in the big, wide open country, but it is MY little bit of country – and I love it!  Urban homesteading is possible with less land, so I know I can make it work on our lovely plot of earth. Let me tell you, it is hard stepping into another way of life.  Who knew there was so much to learn just to get grass…

  • Homestead

    Pasture Soil Amendments

    Ellie is our 10 year old Thoroughbred – she is the dark brown one in this photo where she stands at the fence with her best friend.  She is a super smart mare, with an alpha personality.  We are preparing our pastures so that we can bring her home to our farm this Spring! We had our soil tested at Virginia Tech University, and the results showed that we needed 5 tons of lime per acre.  Wowwee that is a lot!  In September, we put down about 9,000 pounds of lime, which was about 1 ton per acre.  Not enough, but from the research I did, I thought it best to continue to add lime…

  • Animals,  Homestead

    Every Farm Needs a Farm Dog

    We adopted Pippi when she was 4 months old – a cute little border collie mix.  Since long hikes and lazy afternoons at the farm were part of our routine, we knew we could give her the opportunity for lots of exercise.  Border Colies require a lot of stimulation – both physical and mental, and Pippi is no exception!  Here she is at 4 months old: On her first trip out to the barn, she made friends with some very sweet Jersey cows!  Funny, that she barked like crazy at every horse she saw, but absolutely loved these cows.  It took about two more visits before she got comfortable on the…