A Season of Change

We’ve entered the dog days of late summer here on the farm. The days have been hot and humid, the animals are moving slowly, the garden is winding down, and early signs of fall are all around us. If anything, the farm has taught us to really appreciate the arrival of each season and theContinue reading “A Season of Change”

A House With a Crowded Table: Little Creek Women’s Retreat

This past weekend I had the honor of attending the very first Little Creek Women’s Retreat at Battle Creek Ranch in Montana. The retreat was hosted by Caroline, the owner of Little Creek Montana. When I was still on social media, I followed Caroline on Instagram and was instantly inspired by her passion for raisingContinue reading “A House With a Crowded Table: Little Creek Women’s Retreat”

2021 Garden Reflections: Life Lessons From a Pole Bean

Where did July go? It feels like we just got back from our fourth of July mountain trip, blinked our eyes, and it was suddenly August. One of the major thieves of our time lately has been the garden, and we are certainly not complaining. For the past month we have been in full-on harvestingContinue reading “2021 Garden Reflections: Life Lessons From a Pole Bean”

Smoky Mountain Fly

Doug and I have done lots of camping and lots of hiking, but up until last weekend we had never put the two together. We decided that we would embark on our very first backpacking trip over the long Fourth of July weekend. We drove out to Cherokee, NC and packed into the Great SmokyContinue reading “Smoky Mountain Fly”

The Life of a Honey Bee

We brought our bees home just over a month ago and we’ve checked in on them a few times since then. One hive has exploded with growth and now has four supers, one hive is moving right along and has three supers, and one hive is lagging behind a bit with only two supers, butContinue reading “The Life of a Honey Bee”

An Ode to Agnes

When we bought our farm in 2016, we acquired a tiny coop with three chickens in the deal. We had always wanted chickens one day, so we were thrilled to instantly become chicken keepers when we became homeowners. Our three original chickens were a Buff Orpington named Daisy, a Rhode Island Red named Rhonda, andContinue reading “An Ode to Agnes”

The Magic of June

After what seemed like a whole month without rain, the rain finally came… and has kept coming. The ground that was cracked and desiccated for weeks suddenly became full of standing water and the garden and goat pen both flooded. Luckily when the rain stops for a little while, the water dissipates relatively quickly becauseContinue reading “The Magic of June”

Spotting Queens and Picking Peas

It’s been over a week since we brought the bees home, so we inspected all of the hives over the weekend to make sure that all three queens were released successfully. We are pleased to announce that we found eggs in all three hives which is the definitive sign that there has been a healthyContinue reading “Spotting Queens and Picking Peas”

Anatomy of a Beehive

We have been staying busy over here throughout the past few weeks. Our garden is completely planted and the greenhouse is almost empty besides a few straggler pepper plants that will find their way into containers in the coming weeks. We also dismantled our old garden trellis and built a whole new one that isContinue reading “Anatomy of a Beehive”