Spring-like day on the farm

There is a lot going on on the farm when the weather in February acts more like spring than winter. So much life is happening. Lambs are being born, honeybees are out searching for food and pollen, flowers are beginning to bloom, and green is showing itself all over. Spring on the farm is such a glorious time of year.  


A set of twin Corriedales arrived this morning.  


The bees are busy today! 

This is where our garden will be. Planning and preparing the garden for planting.  


Thank you for checking out the blog today. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. We are happy to share what we are working on and towards here. We also love to hear about your stories as well. Have a great day! 

Spring Planting Festival at Baker Creek Seed Co.

May second and third we headed down to Mansfield, MO to a fabulous little festival called the Spring Planting Festival. We have been there a couple times now and every year it seems to get bigger and bigger. There are many artisans and plant vendors and of course you cant miss the Baker Creed Seed Company Store, which is filled with thousands of non-gmo heirloom seeds. The selection is downright amazing, but also can be overwhelming. Another must stop while in the Bakersville is the bakery for their fantastic cinnamon rolls. There is truly tons to see as well of speaker presentations and live music. If you ever get a chance to go, I highly suggest it.

While there, I picked up some garden hand tools, three chickens,  some plants and of course I couldn't pass up some handspun yarn to add to my stash (if only I could figure out what to use it for). The best and worst part of going to events like this are all the ideas and wants that you start developing, so it makes that already long list of wants and to-do's even longer.

We were blessed with a beautiful weekend to visit and we look forward to more visits in the future.

Source: www.rareseeds.com

The Beginnings...

We started this adventure when we decided to purchase 10 acres in the middle of Missouri. When we first moved in we planted a bunch of fruit trees, that was when we encountered a problem, there were no bees flying around. That fall we dove in to becoming beekeepers. The first hive did not make it, it was a combination of our ignorance and the way our hive was set up. So that spring we took a class and purchased more bees with much better luck. During this time we learned a lot and continue to do so. One of the most important things I learned is that everyone has a way of doing something and their way is best. I've learned that I needed to figure out what was important to me and what my focuses are when it comes to the farm.

When we started to have some success with the bees, we added chickens. I will tell you that chicks are only cute the day you get them. After that moment the start to smell and make a mess, and in the case of the first ones, get eaten by something that thought they were walking chicken nuggets. The most important thing I learned about chickens is that they die. I don't mean to sound harsh or morbid, but it happens. It may be a hawk, fox, coyote, even your loveable dog. It's a good idea not to get too attached to them or you might give up. On the other hand chickens are a blast to watch, they make me laugh and I love watching them out in the woods trying to dig up all the bugs. Our chickens our truly free-range, they are free to roam anywhere to find food (except the garden, we keep that fenced). When chickens are truly able to forage for their own food, they are healthier in many ways due to the diverse diet of bugs, seeds and greens that they love, our chickens are also given access to a non-gmo (non - genetically modified organism) feed that they eat more of during those times of the year that there isn't as much around.

After a couple years of having chickens, we decide it's time to tackle the next step in our adventure... Sheep. The sheep has been my favorite addition to the farm so far, they have such wonderful and amusing personalities. Some of you may be wondering "Why sheep?", we decided on sheep because they had more than one purpose. They can be used for meat, wool, lanolin, leather and other things. My personal reason for choosing sheep and particularly the Corriedale, is the wool. I have a deep love of yarn and the color possibilities for dyeing are endless. I have started learning to spin my own yarn with a good amount of success. I'm looking forward to offering lots of yarn to you all for purchase.

Well this is the conclusion of my first blog post on this wonderful new website and I look forward to filling you all in on all the adventures and misadventures as we continue to learn this "farming thing". Until next time...

Shannah and her sheepy sheep