Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
We apologize for the paucity of articles here at backyard farming lately. As you have seen on some previous posts we finally purchased our homestead. We have been busy ripping out old flooring, putting in new flooring, texturing walls, painting walls, moving our belongings (too many) and making sure our children live through the whole process.The problem is, we don't have the Internet yet (we are working on it) so we can't post on our blog. I am breaking the law and posting this article at work.
Now that we have a home, Marisa and I have the hard choice of prioritizing where we want to get started. We have huge dreams but know that time and money are a constraint so we can't do everything we want at once. As far as animals go, we want to get chickens and bees next year at a minimum, and hopefully we can build a fence and get a milk goat or two.
I was talking to a neighbor about his bees. He happens to be the president of the Beekepers association in our county. He gave me the following advice. He told me to read "Beekeeping for Dummies." He said it is important to start building or order a beehive before by January or February next year. He also told me that I need to order my bees by that time as well since many bee sellers get all of there orders early in the year and stop selling them once a certain quota is met. I am glad I talked to him. Do any of you bee experts out there have any suggestions for us as we start the process of getting bees? We love to learn from all of you. Leave a comment.
In the meantime, be patient with us as we get our home caught up and we will start posting more.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Hey there, it's that time again! Time to get out your grocery list to write down the next items for your first aid kit.
Week 6 Grocery List
Total- $ 8
If you missed a week, or would like to start your own Mother of All First Aid Kits, check out these links:
week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Have I mentioned that my husband is a geek? Well, he is. Part of geekiness is that he wears amusing t-shirts. I just got him this shirt from one of his favorite websites, threadless.com for only TEN BUCKS. You can get one too (they have it in a girly T as well), but they are only on sale for one more day.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I once lived in a town that was run by hydroelectric power. I've seen cars that run on electric power. My friend at work has a charger for his Iphone that runs on solar power. My kids watch a cartoon that has lots of puppy power. I have done seen a lot of things but I've never seen a town that is run on chicken poo power.....until today.
Take a look at this article from the BBC website about a city in the UK that is run on chicken poo power. According to the article two farmers invested in a biogas plant will take chicken litter, pig manure, wheat and corn and generate enough electricity to power 350 homes.
I am a big fan of chickens and I am pleased with how much the chickens we have had reduce our waste. However, I have never thought about using their waste to produce electricity. I like the idea though. Let us raise our glasses to chicken poop, may it continue to warm our homes, and our lives.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Alright, I have to apologize to those of you who were actually making The Mother of All First Aid Kits, and then I just stopped. I took a month long trip to Texas, and I just didn't think ahead of time to get everything together and to write the posts before hand...then life got busy. But, I have gotten enough emails and comments from readers to inspire me to keep going. I really thought that nobody really cared about it. So, I'm glad to see that some of you are!!!
So here we have it week 5's grocery list:
Hydrocortizone Cream- $4.98
Calamine Lotion- $1.27
Body warmers (found in the hunting sporting goods section) - $1.97 (package of 3)
Saturday, October 9, 2010
I didn't want all the apples to go to waste, so I decided to make them into applesauce. Since I don't have any of the right equipment to make it, I had to do it the hard way. It wasn't too bad, (my hand is cramping as I type) I did all the peeling, coring, and cutting with a knife.
1. I first washed the apples by cleaning out my sink, filling it with water, and placing the apples in it.
2. I cut each apple in quarters, cored them, and peeled the skin.
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I came upon this article on yahoo yesterday about stange vending machines. Take a look at the article. I have never wanted to buy a pizza or a gold bar from a vending machine. However one of the vending machines caught my eye.
This photo was taken by Josh Berglund. It shows a free range egg vending machine spotted in Japan. According to Yahoo you can also buy free range eggs via vending machine in Santa Cruz California at At Glaum Egg Ranch. $3 for 24 cage free chicken eggs. This seems pretty cheap to me. There isn't a legal definition for "cage free" chickens but many farmers will tell you that"Cage Free" eggs come from chickens that are not caged but they don't have as much room to roam as "Free Range" chickens.
Now if I could just get some nice crispy bacon in a vending machine, everything would be right in the world.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Whether your kids homeschool or go to public school, it doesn't matter for this great site. If you haven't checked out spellingcity.com, you should! You enter the child's spelling words, name the list (ie. Reece unit 2), then they are able to practice their spelling words in fun games, and then take a spelling test. My kids play at least one game and take the test each day of the week, just for practice. The kids love it because they get to play games, and the best part is, IT'S FREE!
Monday, October 4, 2010
|My friend April|
If you've never canned, don't be afraid....if I can do it, so can you!!!
Here is how I did it:
Pot for water bath
Pot for boiling peaches
Small sauce pan for boiling lids
A friend to help (not required)