Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Is In The Air!

It's been a while since I've updated about what we are doing around the homestead, so I thought I'd give a little update.

The Hot Contractor and I have been going to the local Weston A Price Foundation chapter meetings, and have been learning a TON about why eating a traditional foods diet is so good for us.  We are slowly making changes, and most of them have to do with our homestead.  We've also met lots of amazing people, and found some awesome connections there.  Annnnd....they have been offering classes on Urban Homesteading, Raising Poultry in Your Backyard, etc.  In April we will go to the Heirloom Tomato class-can't wait!

After losing almost all our chickens to predators last winter, we were a little disheartened, and worried it might happen again if we use the same coop.  Through the Poultry class, we learned that the most healthy way to let our chickens live is in chicken tractors.  We have a small one that The Hot Contractor built when we moved here, but it isn't big enough to hold ten new laying hens (which we will get this week), and 25 meat chickens (which we will hatch soon).  Here's our old chicken tractor.

There's our two remaining girls in there.  Sniff, sniff.

So, The Hot Contractor has designed and built a new chicken tractor.  We plan on it holding up to 24 chickens.  We'll use a different coop for our meat chickens when they are big enough to be outside.  Here's the tractor he's working on now.

I also thought I'd post a pic of our garden.  We've been enjoying lots of greens from the garden.  We have some cute little carrots growing too.  Right now we are planting lots of things for our summer garden, and even have some potatoes growing.

Here's The Princess after picking some kale for dinner the other night.

Here's our mini greenhouse with our herb starts growing.

And here's our strawberry patch.  I have high hopes of strawberry jam this summer, so I'm praying these things go OFF!

Yesterday the kids and I planted lots of seeds using a method I'd love to share.  The Princess got poison oak in the process (bummer).  I'll upload those pics soon, and share a little more about what we're doing (like getting raw milk, and a steer to slaughter.).


  1. Yay! This is great, just what I was wondering about... how's it going?? How's the learning curve-- is it possible? (I see that it is, just wonder if I could ever make the transition. Seems I've had something to do with the death of every plant I've been in charge of.) How very cool, Sar! 8)

  2. LOL, Keidi! I TOTALLY have a black thumb too. Thankfully, Mark has taken over the garden upkeep. He goes out every morning from 7-9 and does his "morning chores" in the garden. That is the only way we can keep it alive right now.

    Um, and you would be an awesome country bumpkin. When ya comin' to visit??? ;-)

  3. Sarah,It's so good to see your progress there! I love your posts. I just found out that a girls I know is moving close to your area and she's starting the exact same thing that you are doing with about 6 other people. It was so cool to hear about. I told her about you :) Miss you guys!

  4. Hello! Debi Gillan, Julie's mom just told me I need to see your blog. We just got baby chicks are working on a garden and are getting bees in 2 weeks! So much fun! Great to see all the "stuff" your family is doing! God bless! (By the way this is Amber Tague now Johnson from Westmont)

  5. Hi Amber!!! Julie told me about you too! I need to find your blog (although, I'm not very good at reading up, I really, really want to be!). =)

    Thanks for the sweetness, Alexis. I'd love to meet your friends. =)