Grind this

Lately I’ve been casting around trying to figure out how to make the Chicken operation more affordable, and better able to pay for itself. We’re still working towards getting our Egg License, and that is almost at hand. Selling them is one thing, keeping the cost down is another. Driving to Tractor Supply and buying […]

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I can almost taste it

Slowly we are watching Winter and the Ice Giants recede into the Northlands for another year. But before they depart, we still face the possibility of blistering cold and mountains of snow and ice. ┬áThis week has proven to be just such a time. ┬áThe Jet Stream has wandered into the the south western part […]

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Possessing Teff in NE Ohio

Did you know that possessing teff might get you in trouble? I guess I need to start at the beginning… for instance, what is teff? Teff is a grain that is native to the Horn of Africa. It is used as food, fodder for livestock, and as a building material (probably as a binding agent […]

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Where things stand

The past 5 months have seem tremendous change here at the farm. Time is a funny thing. Some days it seems like it’s dragging along like cold syrup and then suddenly a month has fled and I’m left wondering where it went. Winter has finally decided to leave our little corner of the world alone […]

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Let the Sap Flow

The weather outside has certainly turned to the weird. My folks, who live in western Central Ohio, had a low of -2 F just a couple of nights ago. And though it didn’t get that cold here on the shores of Lake Erie, we are facing temps in the 50s tomorrow or the next day. […]

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On being grateful

North America is again in the grips Old Man Winter. For the most part, this simply means that it’s cold outside and that the Northern Hemisphere is tilted away from Sol on it’s endless journey around and around. A time of ice and snow. A time of hearth and home. Time to reflect on all […]

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Chasing off the Snow Giants

Tuesday night saw what I think of as the first day of a New Tradition. It’s really only new to me, not at all new to the history of humanity or to those currently living. 5 of us met out back to honor Mother’s Night and burn a Yule log in order to light the […]

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As winter blows in

Even though the temperatures are starting to slip down towards the freezing mark, I’ve kept at it out in the barn. Why not? I’ve got the rocket stove out there now. For now, there isn’t a lot of heat retention as the walls are basically just a bunch of reeds bound up together. Around the […]

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