Learning, Grass, a Blog, and a Question
Learning From Each Other
When I started Homesteader Life I hoped it would become a place for Agrarian minded Christians to share ideas and information on simple living. It seems to have accomplished that. We have been blessed to have some regular commenters that are quite knowledgeable in many areas and have freely shared ideas and often times their email address for anyone who had questions. Before I started on the pastured pig idea I had a fruitful discussion with Tom from Minn. about the subject. Herrick has had experience growing and marketing garlic and is the designer of a chicken plucking machine, and has made himself available to our readers many times. Jeff seems to be a "jack of all trades" and I enjoy his comments. Its best to learn from those who do. Thanks to everyone that lends a hand.
Yesterday we started chopping grass into the feeder wagon for the cows. Pasture is short, so we are bringing grass from the more remote edges of the farm. Hopefully the rain we've gotten will start the grass back to growing.
Another Good Blog
Danielle has recently made herself known to the Homesteader Life family. Check out her blog. Heres some of what her and Joe have been up to....
We have been busy pruning grapevines and planting gardens. The strawberries are already turning red and will soon be ready for picking. Joe and I have enjoyed a few early to ripen. So sweet, full of flavor and organic! The tomato vines have taken really well and the pickling cucumbers are thriving. The corn and bush beans are off to a good start, so we are feeling confident this years crop will do well. Depending on how much we harvest, mom and I will can this year.Max has been eager to go outside and sit in the grass just to pull it up and throw it back down...it's the simple things. The chickens are getting bigger and the goose is making sure they know she is still boss. She protects the ducks like a cow would her calf.Joe made a new bee hive called a "top bar" hive. Its design was originally used to calm Africanized bees so they could be kept. We obviously don't have killer bees (last year was a different story, I'll fill you in later) but the hive design should keep our sweet girls even calmer. We have 3 hive bodies up now. We will do an extraction in the coming month and look forward to sharing our bounty with others.
Question about Girls
I don't have any daughters yet. I have however had discussions with my wife about wether or not we would want our daughter to go to college. My experience with college life and all that goes on there, the fact that we want our girls to grow up to be wives that are keepers of their homes and the fact we want them to carry on our Christian Agrarian vision has me leaning toward not encouraging college. I figure if we teach them to skin coons, gather eggs, cook and clean, and love the Lord with all their heart, it should be pretty easy to find them husbands. I would enjoy hearing other peoples thoughts about this. Don't hold back, speak your mind.