Spring 2016 – 4 Duroc Pigs

Spring 2016 – 4 Duroc Pigs

Continuing our goal of raising only heritage breeds, we now are raising Duroc Pigs Many Americans have only experienced pork from CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operation) raised pigs. Big Agriculture engineered new pig breeds that fit the factory farm model. They developed pork they could market as “the other white meat”.  Lower in fat but tasteless and tough…

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Mason Bees!

Mason Bees!

Mason Bees are gentle and amazing pollinators! The Mason Bee is a very productive pollinator for spring flowers, fruits, and nuts. Learn more here. “While the honeybee will always play a major role in commercial pollination, solitary bees are perfect for backyard gardens and fruit trees. Raising solitary bees is growing in popularity. They are gentle…

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Happy Valentine’s Day to Me!

Happy Valentine’s Day to Me!

While we have some “dream greenhouse” ideas for later on down the road …. For this growing season, my wonderful husband built an awesome starter greenhouse for Valentine’s Day!  (Way better than chocolate and diamonds ANY DAY in my book.) We came up with some plans for something we could afford and that would be…

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Eight Weeks Start to Finish!

Eight Weeks Start to Finish!

Cornish Cross Chickens …. We picked up these chicks on September 16th (30 of them) and they were in the fridge on November 16th (29…. we lost one early on). Cornish Cross are a bit of a genetic ‘Frankenstein’ breed. They even require special vitamins/minerals in the last few weeks of growth or you can risk…

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Feeling Fall

Feeling Fall

The air is crisper and smells cleaner in the mornings now. The ground fog and morning mist over the Sandy River have retaken their place after being beaten back by summer’s warm siege. The garden is slumping and wilting after its labors. What was once bright and tasty green is turning yellow, brittle and worn. Fall is here! Time to hang…

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Harvest Time 2015

Harvest Time 2015

Under the Harvest Moon Carl Sandburg, 1878 – 1967 Under the harvest moon, When the soft silver Drips shimmering Over the garden nights, Death, the gray mocker, Comes and whispers to you As a beautiful friend Who remembers. Under the summer roses When the flagrant crimson Lurks in the dusk Of the wild red leaves,…

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GOS – GLOUCESTERSHIRE OLD SPOTS PIGS

GOS – GLOUCESTERSHIRE OLD SPOTS PIGS

Our next pigs will be Gloucestershire Old Spots Pigs (GOS) these pigs are awesome animals. This heritage and rare breed, as a general rule, has a very sane, calm temperament – much like the Large Black Heritage. Our new pigs (three weaners/barrows) will be coming from White Buffalo Ranch in Aumsville Oregon. This couple has…

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Schmidty Spaghetti Squash

Schmidty Spaghetti Squash

Say that three times fast! There are a number of recipes we have read and tried over the years in preparing spaghetti squash …. but we have decided most are way too much work. We would rather just eat our spaghetti squash vs. fuss too much over how to cook it. Below is our tried and true easy-peasy…

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Gardening is part of our family

Gardening is part of our family

Growing up, my parents always had a large family garden. Their parents always had one too. Bruce and I have had a family garden since we purchased our first home together in Corbett Oregon. Both of our boys were raised with a garden in their lives. Aside from the pleasure of watching food grow, and knowing it…

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