Bravery...or the lack there of?

October 16, 2018
I have been farming since 2012... "Farming" in that I have lived in the country, tried to grow our food as much as possible, raised livestock and made tons of mistakes.  For the majority of those past six years I have shared my journey, through Facebook, Instagram, and even videos on YouTube.  Most of my content is light hearted, or informational.  Lately I feel pulled to talk more about faith and less about luck.  More about lessons and less about pissing and moaning.  I am by no means the picture of Christianity.  Yes, my father is a minister.  Yes I grew up in Catholic School.  And yes I have had my times of doubt when I was angry with the church, and I am sure to say angry with God.  Not angry like how could you forsake me, but angry like, how could you take my happy, healthy husband away at the ripe age of 20 while our daughter was a mere 3 months old?  I swear like a trucker at times.  I lose patients... I am far from perfect.  Like most others I have good and bad days.  But no matter what I have faith on those bad days that it is all a process, and He has a plan for me.  There is no greater gift my parents instilled in me then my faith.  I am truly blessed to have been raised by two Christian, faithful parents.  My faith has brought me through becoming a 20 year old army widow and single mother.  Faith in God brought me to this farm.  To my flock.  I cannot tell you how many times I have laughed at thinking about telling younger me that I would be a sheep farmer.  There is no way I would have ever imagined not only being a shepherd, but being so completely happy and content.  It is not easy for me to talk about my faith, I don't know if it is fear that people won't like what I have to say.  Fear that people will point fingers at how imperfect I am and not one to speak of faith, and Christianity.  The truth is I feel called, quite literally to share the faith side of my farm and family journey.  So that is what I plan to do.  I know many friends and followers have a different belief, that is ok.  I feel we can all learn from each other.  I pray that we can embrace our differences and learn from each others strengths.  And I pray that I will continue to fight through the fear of being judged or made fun of and share my faith path with you all.
 

Get your goat

April 20, 2015
Many of you that follow the farm on facebook know that we had decided to sell out herd of Boer goats and focus on sheep and pigs. We had been waiting until they were all done kidding and every one was sturdy enough to withstand a move.  We listed the herd on several sites and in the first day found a great home for the whole herd to stay together.  This was of course ideal because several of the does had special bonds so it was good to know they would all be staying together. The day came tha...
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Basement blunders

April 8, 2015
When we built this house we thought that we would finish the basement and have this lavish game room with pool table and all sorts of fancy things.  Three years later, and an unplanned farm started, the oh so lavish walk out basement holds our giant freezer our home raised meat is in and our bikes.  In spring the basement becomes even more chaotic.  It is a place to raise babies, poultry, and bummer lambs.
This year the basement has been super busy, with two southdown lambs born in frigid Febr...
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Crepe/Mannicotti recipe

January 12, 2015
Hey guys, I've had a lot of people ask about the crepes I make on a regular.  I mostly make plain crepes and fill them with cottage cheese.  This is a traditional Polish food that many people put maple syrup on after baking (not me).  My favorite food hands down though is manicotti, not manicotti made with filled pasta shells from the store but real manicotti.  So since I had all the ingredients in my fridge I decided to make some for dinner tonight.  So directions are for manicotti but crepe...
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What's cookin...

September 22, 2014
There is no doubt in my mind that I will never be mistaken for a chef, regardless I on occasion hit some home runs in the kitchen department.  A lot of you guys have asked for recipes that I normally wouldn't think to share but this one is a good one!  Goat Goulash!  It's what's for dinner!  So here's how I make it!  
Cook one lb of pasta according to directions, macaroni or whatever you prefer.  I always coat my casserole dish with cooking spray.  Brown a lb of ground goat.  Dump the pasta an...
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Vegetarian meat farmer....

September 18, 2014
One of my biggest hurdles at the market is explaining my choice to be a vegetarian and then selling pork, lamb, or goat!

Most of my interactions at market do not include my life story along with it...but the best part of markets is connecting with my customers.  Often they ask how goat tastes, or does lamb taste like beef.  Since I am an honest person, and want my customers to like and trust me I tell them, I do not personally eat the meat, but I do cook it :)

I have reviews from several truste...
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Chin up buttercup

September 4, 2014
Ok so a new school year has begun. I do not pose to be a completely sane human (that would be boring), but nothing gets me gloomier than when my kiddo goes back to school... So after crying like an idiot for a good twenty four hours (not a very hydrating idea with my new running regiment), I decided to get busy.  Holidays are coming up, which means the busy craft show season is upon us.  I spent yesterday filling some etsy orders and my first attempt at making my own tomato sauce from the ga...
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Growing inside

March 12, 2014
As I watch what I hope to be the last store of the year snow and blow outside my window I am so grateful that spring is around the corner.  In my, I am slowly going crazy, cabin fever I have started growing trays in my house, like in my kitchen :)  It started with a bag of lentils I bought at the bulk foods store for $1.24.  That pound of lentils was soaked over night in water, then spread out on a tray with holes poked for drainage.  I covered the lentils with a damp paper towel, keeping th...
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Chaotic Bliss

February 26, 2014
There is so much going on this week my head is slightly spinning!!!  I know you guys are like, what's new lol  Well we ended our vacation week visiting a farm in Sharon Springs that had a couple litters of uber adorable Kunekune piglets, we are over the moon excited to be welcoming a boar, named Wolfie, and a gilt, yet to be named in a couple weeks when their paperwork comes in!!!  If you do not know what Kunekune pigs are they are a heritage breed of pig that does exceptionally well on fora...
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Lamb watch

February 4, 2014
With only 44 days until spring I am getting ancy to get outside and get moving.  I LOVE spring!  Our new chicks have arrived safe and sound and are growing fast.  One arrival that I am over the moon about is of course my precious Babydoll Lambs!  We have six (maybe seven) bred ewes in the barn.
The utlrasounds we had done last month were fascinating and totally worth it!  

Preparing for lambing is basically caring for the ewes, making sure they have what they need to eat, clean water, and loose...
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