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!)
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
While I am the one fully responsible for this spring’s volcanic eruption https://trilliumcenter.org/2016/03/04/syrupocalypse/ I feel like I’m making up for it this week. I ran the soil through the 1/4″ screen this time. Luckily I had Leah helping pound the stuff into smaller chunks. That took a minute, let me tell you. Hanging in […]Read More Syrupocalypse be damned
This afternoon I went out back and cleaned up some fire wood we didn’t burn making syrup this year and ended up putting a scratch coat of cob on the cooker. Leah noted this evening that it’s almost impossible to get anyone to help with things around here if I don’t let anyone else know […]Read More “She thinks I’m rash”
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!!!
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
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