Mid-Winter Update

It is a lazy Sunday afternoon and I am finally sitting at my kitchen table drinking a latte the size of my head and watching the snow fall outside.  After a crazy couple of weeks of car issues, family strife, goat sickness, financial surprises, and more, it is nice to sit back and watch the … read more

How to Prepare for Your Pigs

After a lot of Google research and a terrifying first day (read about it here) we brought our three weaner gilts home. Our homesteading experience has been quite an education! For all of you bacon lovers out there – here is the Cliff Notes version of what it takes to raise pigs. Now to save you … read more

Gracie and the Getaway

First, let me introduce you to my freakishly adorable and hopefully pregnant Nigerian Dwarf goat, Gracie. I am a little biased, but her two toned horns did me in from the moment I met her. I mean could you ever look at those sweet little ears and curious head tilt and feel anything but happiness? … read more

Afternoon on the farm

       I have an awesome job.  Not only do I feel valued as an employee, get to work with awesome people, have a great work environment, AND it is in a field that I am passionate about. but when I tell manager that my goat Gracie has escaped the fence (calls from neighbors … read more

Entertained and Contained; Our Goat Playground

After our first goats escaped, I read everything I could about goat containment.  One of the tidbits I gleaned is that bored goats are more likely to escape.  After learning this factoid (well, mostly just because it is really cute to watch them jump around) I started dreaming up our goat playground.  With scrap wood … read more

The Reality of Life

Growing up hunting taught me a healthy respect for life and death.  My father instilled in me the understanding and respect of hunting as a way to obtain delicious meat and a form of wildlife management.  My dad Carl grew up impoverished in a minuscule coal mining town in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  The family often relied … read more