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”

Gambling on Pole Beans

Holy moly we have been productive over the past two weeks! Between the warm weather and the help from my parents, we have knocked out everything on our to-do lists plus some items on our extended to-do lists. It is worth mentioning that we’ve been motivated by the fact that we will be away fromContinue reading “Gambling on Pole Beans”

No Time for Typing

It’s officially the season where the days are getting longer and our to-do list follows suit. It seems that for every task we cross off the list, we add on at least two more. With the increasing daylight hours and our abundance of spring projects, we’ve been left with no time for typing. So, here’sContinue reading “No Time for Typing”

To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow

It’s official! The 2021 gardening season is underway at Elder Oaks Farm! Two years ago, we constructed a greenhouse that we purchased online. Our two summer gardens since then have been started completely from seeds with lots of trials, errors, successes, and failures along the way. Since we’ve gotten pretty good at growing our vegetablesContinue reading “To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow”

The Calm Before the Spring

Springtime on the farm is fast approaching. Although spring doesn’t technically start until March 20th according to the calendar, springtime on the farm starts much sooner – as in next week for us! Based on our growing zone (8b), we always start our first round of seeds in the greenhouse during the second week ofContinue reading “The Calm Before the Spring”

Return of the Egg Song

At the beginning of the week, I was asking myself what in the world I would possibly have to write about by the time the end of the week rolled around. This time of year is characteristically uneventful around here, and don’t get me wrong – uneventful is definitely a good thing, but it makesContinue reading “Return of the Egg Song”