No Need for Curing

It’s common to see farms selling hogs to families, which sales include cured hams and bacon.  I often wonder, “Why?”  First, this greatly increases the price of meat purchases.  Second, it makes no sense in the 21st century. “Curing” meat was a process used to preserve meat in days when there were no refrigerators or freezers.  … Read more

Cato on Being a Good Neighbor

Be a good neighbour. Do not roughly give offence to your own people. If the neighbourhood regards you kindly, you will find a readier market for what you have to sell, you will more easily get your work done, either on the place or by contract. If you build, your  neighbours will aid you with their services, their cattle and their … Read more

Improving Clay Soil

Here in NC, we have heavy clay soil that’s’ not very deep.  Two and a half feet down is rock, so improving soil is a big deal.  Rather than “deep dig” the gardens, we build them up, deepening the soil by raising the surface.  I’ve been doing this for a decade or so and have … Read more

Old Fashioned Sour Dough Bread Starter

If you’re interested in making bread at home, the best bread to start with is an old fashioned sour dough.  It is fairly simple to make and uses only a few basic ingredients.  Because it is made in phases, it can be made to fit well into a busy mom’s routine.  It’s slightly tangy flavor … Read more

Free Range Takes Time

The idea that a family can buy a batch of chicks, stick them out in a field and collect their eggs everyday is NOT realistic. Hens need to be kept closed up on their coop until they are used to a routine of daily feed and watering and through their first laying cycle, when they … Read more

Give Row Gardening a Chance

Raised-bed gardening is in fashion today,  but I believe they’re overrated.   I’ve planted in rows and in beds, and I think there are myths spread about row gardening that are simply false. The idea in intensive gardening is that building beds with compost gives plants the best soil,  and that intensive gardening reduces weeds between … Read more

What do fruits and vegetables cost?

Many assume that farm prices for fruits and vegetables should be higher than Wal-Mart prices, but that’s not necessarily the case.  By coming to the farm to buy food, customers cut all of the costs of packaging, shipping, and marketing from their food purchases–plus it’s much more enjoyable for the family than going to a … Read more

Feeding Hens

Hens living on a farm aren’t fed a diet of grain and water.   Birds are “omnivores”, meaning that they eat everything.  On the farm, one of their favorite foods is kitchen scraps.   Mrs.  Michael takes out the leftovers and meat scraps to the hens and they devour them, as you can see in the picture. … Read more