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Nature’s Corn Nuts

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Remember those dried corn snacks of the 90s? They are literally what comes to mind every time I’m around actual corn. Especially, if I get to feed that corn to some animals – they go bonkers. For Christmas, my mom (Nana Jeanne) got the kids a full toy farm complete with silo full of actual, real, from-the-big-farm, harvested corn. There are, …

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Fresh Snow and Goat Babies

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We welcomed 2022 with fresh flakes covering the entire farm. Aaron and I have spent the last couple of days in 2021 getting various parts of the farm ready for the cold temperatures to move in. All of the animals needed fresh hay, water, shelter and heat – the standards during winter. The shed in the Goat Grove got a few …

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Enjoying the Nice Weather

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Warm days and sunshine always get the whole crew out and about on the farm. Today was no exception. With a new little litter of kittens in the barn, we took the chance to introduce Elin to her new favorite animals. Her smile was just too much. Every single baby we handed to her was greeted with the ultimate joyous …

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The Ladies are Laying

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Our sweet ladies in the henhouse are working overtime apparently. They’ve finally hit an amazing stride of delivering half a dozen eggs every single day. You guys, it’s so many eggs. So, we’re on a mission to be a little more entrepreneurial in what happens with these golden butt nuggets. We’ve explored some options on price, distribution methods, packaging, etc. …

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We Say ‘Goodbye’ to the Chucks

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It’s been about 18 months since the first Chuck arrived at the farm. Since then, we’ve been collecting orphaned moomakers year-round, feeding them bottles and eventually turning them out to our pasture. This morning, our three original Chucks – Ground Chuck, Chuck Roast and Chuck Norris – were hauled in for processing. The animal lovers in us absolutely hate this part of …

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Livestock Guard Dogs Standing Guard

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After about 5 months on the farm, our livestock guard dogs – Kili and Denali – are officially standing guard over our animals. They’ve been outdoor dogs since they arrived here. We set them up with a cozy space in our pole barn. They spend their days snuggled up somewhere around the house, but each evening, they head back to the …

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Here, Cow-Cows

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Before we can get too comfortable for today’s Chiefs game, the pantsless toddler needs to check his cows. Morning, noon and night – this is by far this kid’s favorite activity on the farm. He calls them in with his adorable “Here, cow-cows! Herrrrrrre, cow-cows!” on repeat. It’s genuinely awesome. Then, after we spend a few minutes looking to make …

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Free-Range Goats

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The goats have done an incredible job of keeping the Goat Grove clear of underbrush, weeds and general overgrown junk. It’s truly awesome. Naturally, while trying to catch up with our not-quite-end-of-the-season mowing, I thought it’d be a great idea to start free-ranging the goats on the farm. Free-range animals are allowed to move freely around the land to forage …

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Oops, Too Many Chickens

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Turns out – when you spend the entire Spring gathering chicks, you’ll eventually end up with a truckload of chickens. A year ago, we built this epic chicken coop that would hold 12-14 chickens. This Spring, Farmer Crossley got a little confused about that number and somehow believed that it holds 24. It does not. And then bigger these birds …

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The Flock Grows Again

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Our sweet garage chicks are all grown and finally integrating into the flock. It’s been a crazy year for us with the fox, losing so many of our flock and raising two separate groups of chicks. We’re excited that everyone is getting together and finding a new pecking order so easily. These guys are looking huge, honestly. Once again, I’m …