April 17 and May 1 Sunday, 12-4 PM Trillium Center, 715 Furnace Rd. Conneaut, OH 44030 Want to get dirty? Here’s your chance to practice experimental building technologies at BLD farm. The first project this year is an addition to a barn. We’ve been filling in the earthen floor, and the rocket stove is mostly […]Read More Building with Grass, Sticks, and Mud
This weekend we got a Pass. The big Snow Belt Hall Pass. Reports of 6″ of powder Friday night about 10 miles south of us. We woke up to less than 2″. And this after several 70 degree F days in a row no less. The snow is all melted and filling all the brooks, […]Read More where’s the global warming?
Leah snuck up behind me and took this picture yesterday. Why am I still wearing ear muffs? Is the sound of the draw knife too much? I did all that you see laying there just before this pic was taken. What you see is the parts to the frame that will be a small shed […]Read More And now for something
Came out to the barn this morning to find Viann, peacefully asleep, all squashed up against the gate to the milking room. The above picture is of her asleep yesterday. She looks dead. I had to check. Why does any of this matter? Well, we had a really bad night here last night. There was […]Read More Baby Goat Woes
I’ll just start it off with a picture of our new girl. It’s been a busy day for me. I tend to get up before the sun now. I really can’t tell why. Even when I’m not asleep by 10:00 pm, I’m up early. Today was no different. What is different about today is that […]Read More BABY GOAT and dirt lasagna
Of late, there have been a few more visitors coming with the intention to help me move things along. John came by today and spent a good handful of hours helping me get the barn’s new rocket stove to a place where it could rest while I finish the rest of the floor. What […]Read More What a day.
it’s been a busy time for me here at the farm. it’s warm outside and the maple sap has been flowing since January. (Nearly 2 gallons of syrup from then) it’s been rough a time or 2 but this winter has been softer than last to be sure. it was actually -6 F the other […]Read More heat for the kids
earlier this year i put up the beginnings of the once and future goat herd management system. as yet i’m only about 30% sure of how i’m going to manage these folks over behind the shop building. regardless I built them a little shed so that they had someplace to go and get out of […]Read More Goat Shed
I’ve been putting off writing this. It’s a bit late compared to when some of it happened. Sorry about that. Where I left off was with a new floor and the chickens living in the barn loft. Not where I wanted them to be but that is where they were. Pooping thru the floor onto […]Read More Chickens get a new home
Chickens don’t care Finally finished pouring the floor in the barn yesterday and I can say it was no small task, especially for such a small structure. After my father and I broke up the preexisting slab, I took an afternoon and pulled out a bunch of the dirt from where the chickens used to […]Read More Chickens don’t care