Tuesday, June 14, 2005

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.


At 6/14/2005 5:50 AM, Blogger Leah said...

I just wanted to clarify. We have nothing wrong with a duaghter's desire to pursue higher education. If she wants to do some sort of correspondece course on a subject of interest, she will be more than welcome! I think we run into a lot of problems, though, when we send our daughters out from under their father's authority to sit under the influences of the world.

At 6/14/2005 7:36 AM, Blogger Lawrence said...

This is a good resource when considering the subject of college.


It is College at Home for the Glory of God. John Thompson faced many of the same questions and concerns and in this article walks through the process as they dealt with it.

At 6/14/2005 8:10 AM, Blogger Puritan Mama said...

I think y'all are very wise to even consider the "not sending away" of daughters (or sons, for that matter!) Considering that it's between $32,00 - $80,000 for 4 years (and who graduates in 4 these days??) I think a child had BETTER BE READY to be serious when they get there. I'm all for higher education, if it's needed. Some men, especially, may find that a college education very truly necessary for the calling God has given them. But our culture has this bent on "everyone has to go to college - if you're not giving them the opportunity, you're ruining them" - well, they say the same thing about public schools, don't they, and I imagine I know you feel the way I do about those. I do believe a young woman, who has the aptitude, may do well with a local college (while still living at home) or a distance learning course. A young lady at our church is doing very well in a Classical studies program through Patrick Henry college (almost all homeschooled kids) - She was homeschooled in a classical fashion, and this line of studies will help her teach her own children that same way. One thing to think about (as far as an actual degree goes, is that some states require the home-teacher (mom) to have a 4-year degree. I never completed mine, and this has been a frustration to us as my husband has job-hunted within his field in other states - we've had to cross some off that we would've liked to live in, because we couldn't legally homeschool there at this time. I wish I had completed it, so I would be a better helper to him in this. But in all this, it is so much more important that the focus be on godly womanhood, wifehood, motherhood and learning the skills of the home. Here's a neat "4-year-plan" for young women of (almost-)marrying age to prepare them for what REALLY matters: http://www.womenathomeuniversity.org/four/index.php
May God continue to bless you as you go against our culture and hold fast to the Word of God!!! (And know that there are others out there who are going against our culture, too!!)

At 6/15/2005 5:33 AM, Blogger reformed farmer said...


Thanks for the link. That was a very article. I hope everyone takes alook at at it.


Thanks for your link as well. We will keep that one in mind. It looked realy interesting. If my boys want to be farmers, you can bet they won't be going to college either! Thanks for the comments.



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