WELCOME, NEW BLOGGING FRIENDS!
I read once that many people don't bother reading what's on a blogger's sidebar. You would really be missing out here, because I have listed links to so many inspiring bloggers, agrarian resources, and real food sites. I appreciate ALL of my favourite blogger friends, but let me notify you of the latest additions:
JOYBILEE FARM, JUST ANOTHER DAY ON THE FARM, HOMESTEADING ON THE INTERNET Welcome, ladies!
And don't forget to visit those agrarian icons, Herrick Kimball at The Deliberate Agrarian and Mrs. Grossman at Granny Miller!
And thank you to all my other blogger friends who are so far ahead of me on the learning curve! I want to learn so much from you: Anita, Scott, Richard, Noah, Janice, Kim, Jill, Kendra, Clint, Mr. H, Lisa, Linda, Quinn, Leigh, Annie, Cindy, "Bonnets and Boots", Jessica, Sheryl, Claudine, Wardeh, Shannon, and so many more! Also, many thanks to my dear "followers"! It's such an encouragement to know that you are reading what I post :-).
PREPARING FOR THE MOVE!
We are planning to be on our new property by the first week in April, Lord willing! Dear son will be living in the cabin, but we are still looking for a suitable travel trailer to live in, while we get our fledgling farm up and running. It turns out that my dream trailer had a soft spot in the floor due to water damage and we're not sure how extensive the floor rot is (under the laminate flooring).
As a new homesteader, I'm trying to heed the advice of others who say not to try to do too much the first year. We won't be trying to do it all. The plan is to have the well dug (a must!) and prepare a garden from scratch. I'm also hoping to have a greenhouse/hoophouse or at least some cold frames. Then add chickens and my son's beloved pigeons. Maybe pigs?
COW SHARE PROGRAM
|Click here for general cow share FAQ|
At first, I was disappointed to hear that I could only buy 5 litres per week. I wasn't sure if that would be enough to make much cheese and yogurt. But, I was advised by a very experienced farmer with dairy animals, that it would be enough to practise with. We only use milk in our tea, so I can still make some soft cheeses and yogurt. I read that it takes 5 quarts of milk to produce 1 lb. of hard cheese. But maybe we can cut back our consumption one week and use more the next week to make some hard cheese?
If you have bought into a cow share, I would love to hear of your experience! Also, if you're a cheese maker I would like any advice you have to give. For just the first year, this could work! Then we can add a dairy cow or goats the following year.
FINALLY, A BLAST FROM THE PAST!
Instead of trying to destroy family farms, the government during the war was encouraging small scale homesteading. Read more here. How times have changed!