Making apple cider vinegar with apple scraps from a recipe could not be easier. It’s no mess, no worry, and it uses up leftover materials that otherwise would be thrown in the trash. Not only will you not be wasting the remains of the apple, but the resulting vinegar will be pure and unpasteurized, the […]
The Jojoba plant (pronounced “ho-ho-ba”) produces valuable seeds that can be rendered into a helpful oil, and it is one of few plants that thrive in the deserts where drought is common. Its woody branches can brighten up sparse, dry landscaping and it has been used by Native Americans for a variety of purposes for […]
Crabapple Jelly isn’t a treat you will likely find in your grocery store’s jam isle. For many people the taste of this uniquely sweet and bitter mix reminds them of their grandmother’s cooking or their mom’s yearly canning routine. I had never considered making it before, but this year noticed that the little crabapple tree […]
Adding goats to the farm was our first step towards keeping “livestock”. Larger mammals often require more work than poultry, but the rewards from keeping them can be equally increased. While we do not have plans to expand the farm (yet) to other larger beasts, it is interesting to take a look at the benefits […]
While we do consider a lot of our farm animals as “pets”, and they certainly are spoiled, the usual suspects and even some surprising additions all play a role in keeping the farm running. Even as we expand our farm, we are looking to add animals that benefit our land or livelihood and don’t just […]
It was September 8, 2015 that we closed on our new home. One year later and there is still plenty of work to do, but looking back we can realize just how many changes we have been able to make.