The previous story was just sitting here waiting for me to publish and the world had already moved on. Yesterday afforded me time to sit with the stove and see what I could make happen. It had been suggested to point a small fan into the feed box in order to increase the draft. If […]Read More Stink mouthed Dragon no more
I’ve been keeping going back in the barn lately, in amongst all the doings with getting ready for the Farm Tour. With the excuse of having people walking though the barn and not breaking their legs, I figured that I needed to fill the thermal battery as it sits in the doorway connecting the new […]Read More Rockety Coop ready to roll
Tomorrow (8/27) we are hosting a Farm Tour sponsored by the Ashtabula Local Food Council here at the farm. Come by and check out just exactly what this place looks like. It looks very different than it has for a while (if ever). The chickens sure love it. At the base of the big Red Oaks […]Read More Farm Tour 8/27 (tomorrow!)
For whatever reason, this year has seen an explosion of Boletes in the area around the farm. At least 5 or 6 types of them have come up. These look to be Baorangia Bicolor Bolete. We haven’t eaten many yet. We ate what we are calling King Bolete the other day. Today we ate a […]Read More Fungus season
Tuesday was a big big day. There were 6 people, a dog, 2 goats and most every single chicken at some point helping out. The 4 leggers and the birds mostly just crapped on things and knocked stuff over. Like normal. My hat in hand, I must thank Stephanie and John from Red Beet Row, […]Read More Mud floor gets a leg up
Sorry, that is an almost baseless accusation. I don’t know for sure that it was a raccoon that was trying to dig its way under/in to the barn doors. This has proved to be an exercise in futility in any case. But I do know that if the doors weren’t as well built and/or closed […]Read More WHEN RACCOONS ATTACK!!!
Drove home from Hogle’s pond with the first load bundled on the roof of my car. What a hoot. When I got to the stop sign at the bottom of the hill I heard a strange keening warble coming from outside the car. Upon scanning my immediate environment, I discovered 3 young children in the […]Read More point and laugh
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
Just because I’m not writing things, doesn’t mean things have stopped around the farm. Things never stop around here, even though I might occasionally want that. Once Viann turned 2 weeks old, I started separating her from Ann overnight allowing Ann’s milk to accumulate for our consumption. Pretty much why she is here after all. […]Read More Seedhouse shed
farm·er ˈfärmər/ noun a person who owns or manages a farm. synonyms: agriculturist, agronomist, rancher, smallholder, peasant; More historical a person to whom the collection of taxes was contracted for a fee. farm färm/ noun an area of land and its buildings used for growing crops and rearing animals, typically under the control of one owner or manager. synonyms: […]Read More What defines a Farmer?