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What a learning experience this has been! Raising broiler chickens has taught me so much, and I can't wait for our next round of birds. We are a week away from our butcher date and I'm anxious to get one of these birds on the smoker.

Raising the birds on pasture is simply the best choice for any homesteader. I've learned that by experience now. It takes a little up front cost to get started and a little bit of time each day to move the birds, but I think it's worth the investment. 
Seriously, anybody can do this..

What a learning experience this has been! Raising broiler chickens has taught me so much, and I can't wait for our next round of birds. We are a week away from our butcher date and I'm anxious to get one of these birds on the smoker. Raising the birds on pasture is simply the best choice for any homesteader. I've learned that by experience now. It takes a little up front cost to get started and a little bit of time each day to move the birds, but I think it's worth the investment. Seriously, anybody can do this. ...

I caught Judd smelling the lilacs again..

I caught Judd smelling the lilacs again. ...

Their prayers have been answered!!
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For about a month they have been begging for horses! We’ve been looking online and anywhere we could think of!
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A couple times we thought we finally found some and were even ready to fork out a couple thousand of dollars!😳🤔😊
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And then I went to our friends house for something and she mentioned wanting to find a good home for their two horses!! And they were giving them away for free!! 👏
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Leanna said “Mom, God knew what we needed!! The reason the other horses didn’t work out was because he knew we didn’t have to spend so much money, we could get some for free!  We were praying Mom!! He answered my prayers!” .
How many times do we move to fast and not wait on God?  Do you think there’s times that God isn’t able to answer because we didn’t wait for his will?.

Their prayers have been answered!! . . For about a month they have been begging for horses! We’ve been looking online and anywhere we could think of! . A couple times we thought we finally found some and were even ready to fork out a couple thousand of dollars!😳🤔😊 . And then I went to our friends house for something and she mentioned wanting to find a good home for their two horses!! And they were giving them away for free!! 👏 . Leanna said “Mom, God knew what we needed!! The reason the other horses didn’t work out was because he knew we didn’t have to spend so much money, we could get some for free! We were praying Mom!! He answered my prayers!” . How many times do we move to fast and not wait on God? Do you think there’s times that God isn’t able to answer because we didn’t wait for his will? ...

We have been putting in so much work over the last several weeks to make this garden space productive and beautiful. I shared the process for building the picket fence on the blog. We made a few mistakes that I would do differently (noted in the blog post) but I am loving all my time spent in this place. farmhouseonboone.com for the tutorial. #homesteading #farmhousegarden.

We have been putting in so much work over the last several weeks to make this garden space productive and beautiful. I shared the process for building the picket fence on the blog. We made a few mistakes that I would do differently (noted in the blog post) but I am loving all my time spent in this place. farmhouseonboone.com for the tutorial. #homesteading #farmhousegarden ...

350 tomatoes in the ground, and the waiting begins.

200 of them are cherry tomatoes, so the wait wont be too long.  We are planning on pints of cherry tomatoes, beautiful baskets of mixed colours and subtle flavour differences.  I was happy with the look last year, but have refined it a bit this year.  Limetto, the shockingly sweet green beauty.  Sungold - Ian's favorite orange sugar drops.  Barry's Crazy Cherry for mild yellow pears.  Black Cherry for something with a darker hue.  Sakura for the main red.  I'm excited to see it all together (and to start eating). I also planted out a lot of larger tomatoes too, Big Dena for red, Porkchop for yellow, and Indigo Apple for purple.  Because there is no reason your canning tomatoes cant be beautiful too 😉

And finally, Juliet - for she is the sun, and it isnt summer without her sunshine.  But I'm also trying some fun new striped Juliet style tomatoes too.  Because as hard as I try not to, I'm horrible at controlling myself while seed shopping, lol.

Considering my freezer is still half full of tomatoes from last year, this might be too many tomatoes, lol.  But I'm hoping that there will be a market for them, and that we can sell lots.  I think that the cherry tomato baskets will be a good seller at the farm stand, though that might just be me being obsessed with tomatoes, and knowing it's what I'd buy at a farm stand, lol.

Either way, while I know everyone will be loving the flower pictures here, come winter, the pictures I will scroll back to will be the tomato ones.  And I imagine there will be many decadent ones for me to enjoy.

#tomatobasedlifeform.

350 tomatoes in the ground, and the waiting begins. 200 of them are cherry tomatoes, so the wait wont be too long. We are planning on pints of cherry tomatoes, beautiful baskets of mixed colours and subtle flavour differences. I was happy with the look last year, but have refined it a bit this year. Limetto, the shockingly sweet green beauty. Sungold - Ian's favorite orange sugar drops. Barry's Crazy Cherry for mild yellow pears. Black Cherry for something with a darker hue. Sakura for the main red. I'm excited to see it all together (and to start eating). I also planted out a lot of larger tomatoes too, Big Dena for red, Porkchop for yellow, and Indigo Apple for purple. Because there is no reason your canning tomatoes cant be beautiful too 😉 And finally, Juliet - for she is the sun, and it isnt summer without her sunshine. But I'm also trying some fun new striped Juliet style tomatoes too. Because as hard as I try not to, I'm horrible at controlling myself while seed shopping, lol. Considering my freezer is still half full of tomatoes from last year, this might be too many tomatoes, lol. But I'm hoping that there will be a market for them, and that we can sell lots. I think that the cherry tomato baskets will be a good seller at the farm stand, though that might just be me being obsessed with tomatoes, and knowing it's what I'd buy at a farm stand, lol. Either way, while I know everyone will be loving the flower pictures here, come winter, the pictures I will scroll back to will be the tomato ones. And I imagine there will be many decadent ones for me to enjoy. #tomatobasedlifeform ...

Look Ma! My plants is growing so big and strong! I must have one of them green thumbs I hear so much about. 🌱
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-Benjamin Buttons aka Farmer Butternut .
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Benji is so proud of how well his seeds grew. His plants started out as an old bell pepper core then we planted them in an egg carton and now planted them in this recycled container and my have his plants really grown. He loves to sit by the door and look at and sniff them. ❤️
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#green #greenthumb #farmer #homestead #homesteading 
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Look Ma! My plants is growing so big and strong! I must have one of them green thumbs I hear so much about. 🌱 . -Benjamin Buttons aka Farmer Butternut . . Benji is so proud of how well his seeds grew. His plants started out as an old bell pepper core then we planted them in an egg carton and now planted them in this recycled container and my have his plants really grown. He loves to sit by the door and look at and sniff them. ❤️ . . #green #greenthumb #farmer #homestead #homesteading #veggies #pupinstuff #dogs #dog #dogsofig #dogsofinstagram #underbite #littledog #tinydog #tinydogs #chihuahuasofinstagram #pet #doglover #dogoftheday #instadog #instapuppy #petstagram #pets #dogstagram #specialneeds #mpsvidog #puppy #puppies @thedodo @animalplanet @people #mpsvi #specialneeds #mpsdog ...

The first garden salad of the season is here! 🥗 it's a combination of lettuce, watercress and nasturtium leaves from the garden.
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Toppings are lemons, cucumber, red onion, tomato and homegrown radishes. .
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The dressing is really simple, some mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and voila! ✨
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#gardensalad #homegrown.

The first garden salad of the season is here! 🥗 it's a combination of lettuce, watercress and nasturtium leaves from the garden. . Toppings are lemons, cucumber, red onion, tomato and homegrown radishes. . . The dressing is really simple, some mustard, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper and voila! ✨ . . #gardensalad #homegrown ...

We never planned on having this small farm...life gave us some twists and turns...and here we are. We raise our own meat, definitely not something I thought I would ever say.  That being said our animals are not pets - except for Charlie of course and she is just plain spoilt.  We have have to make decisions about how many animals our fields can sustain, what makes financial sense to us.  Last week by chance I met Ashley from @centralvalleyhomestead she pulled her car up alongside my field when I was working. We immediately hit it off. She then messaged me later saying that at some point her family would like to raise sheep or goats.  To cut a long story a little bit shorter, in August Mary, Maggie and Maud our latest lambs will be moving a mile down the road to become part of Ashley’s homestead....I know that they will be so loved and well taken care of, and the best part I can visit the girls.  Farming isn’t always easy but it does bring great joy to so many people and that is why we continue to do what we do..

We never planned on having this small farm...life gave us some twists and turns...and here we are. We raise our own meat, definitely not something I thought I would ever say. That being said our animals are not pets - except for Charlie of course and she is just plain spoilt. We have have to make decisions about how many animals our fields can sustain, what makes financial sense to us. Last week by chance I met Ashley from @centralvalleyhomestead she pulled her car up alongside my field when I was working. We immediately hit it off. She then messaged me later saying that at some point her family would like to raise sheep or goats. To cut a long story a little bit shorter, in August Mary, Maggie and Maud our latest lambs will be moving a mile down the road to become part of Ashley’s homestead....I know that they will be so loved and well taken care of, and the best part I can visit the girls. Farming isn’t always easy but it does bring great joy to so many people and that is why we continue to do what we do. ...

Vinegar berry rinse 🍓⁠
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Berries have been on clearance like crazy over here, so we have been stocking up! The one issue is that berries are notorious for going bad quickly, so here are a few tips I like to use to make them last a little longer.⁠
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🍓Keep a spray bottle of vinegar by the sink to spray down berries or other fruit and veg, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off⁠
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🍓OR soak the berries in a  3:1 vinegar soak. Just do 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar for 5 minutes⁠
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🍓Keep them cold and dry. Try to dry your berries as best as you can before storing them⁠
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🍓Once dry, store them in an airtight container⁠ in the fridge⁠
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🍓Freeze berries if you know you aren't going to use them up right away. Frozen berries are great for making stewed berries, adding to smoothies, making crumbles, and more!⁠
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I had quite a few people message me about how I wash my berries since I talked about the food waste post last week,  so I hope this helps♥️⁠
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#plantedinthewoods #reducefoodwaste #preventfoodwaste #keepfoodalive #lowwaste #foodstorage #plasticfree #lowwastekitchen #zerowastehome #sustainable #homemade #handmadehome #homestead #consciousliving #slowliving #simpleliving #handmade #slowsimpleliving #homesteading #farmhouse.

Vinegar berry rinse 🍓⁠ .⁠ .⁠ Berries have been on clearance like crazy over here, so we have been stocking up! The one issue is that berries are notorious for going bad quickly, so here are a few tips I like to use to make them last a little longer.⁠ .⁠ 🍓Keep a spray bottle of vinegar by the sink to spray down berries or other fruit and veg, let it sit for a few minutes, then rinse off⁠ .⁠ 🍓OR soak the berries in a 3:1 vinegar soak. Just do 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar for 5 minutes⁠ .⁠ 🍓Keep them cold and dry. Try to dry your berries as best as you can before storing them⁠ .⁠ 🍓Once dry, store them in an airtight container⁠ in the fridge⁠ .⁠ 🍓Freeze berries if you know you aren't going to use them up right away. Frozen berries are great for making stewed berries, adding to smoothies, making crumbles, and more!⁠ .⁠ I had quite a few people message me about how I wash my berries since I talked about the food waste post last week, so I hope this helps♥️⁠ .⁠ .⁠ ⁠ #plantedinthewoods #reducefoodwaste #preventfoodwaste #keepfoodalive #lowwaste #foodstorage #plasticfree #lowwastekitchen #zerowastehome #sustainable #homemade #handmadehome #homestead #consciousliving #slowliving #simpleliving #handmade #slowsimpleliving #homesteading #farmhouse ...

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Walked the goats out to the back of their paddock just before bedtime. They are still a bit uneasy going out here by themselves. They have to walk through a wooded section to get here but I'm sure they will start to venture soon.

It was a beautiful evening for a stroll minus those black flies.

#homesteadmoments
@timbercreekfarmandhomestead
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Walked the goats out to the back of their paddock just before bedtime. They are still a bit uneasy going out here by themselves. They have to walk through a wooded section to get here but I'm sure they will start to venture soon. It was a beautiful evening for a stroll minus those black flies. #homesteadmoments @timbercreekfarmandhomestead @abushelandapeckfarm . . #goats #goat #goatsofinstagram #farmlife #goatlove #goatlife #goatfarm #homesteading #homesteader #goatstagram #farm #smallfarm #capebretonfarm #goatlover #goatsarefamily #nigeriandwarfgoats #goatsofig #farmanimals #goatsareawesome #homestead #cutegoats #goatsquad #happygoats #ilovegoats #dairygoats #farmlifebestlife ...

Serious question...so we planned to have 8ft exterior doors.... but should we do them inside too?? They look giant! We will have 10ft ceilings so we have plenty of room but I’m wondering if I may regret the giant doors on everything.... help! 
#followourbuild #whitecottagefarm #metalhome #barndominium #buildingourdreamhome #frenchdoors #8fttall #framing #newconstruction #countryliving #shakerdoors #barnhomes #homestead #homesteading #homeinspiration #designertips #getitdone #farmhousestyle #cottagestyle #bhg.

Serious question...so we planned to have 8ft exterior doors.... but should we do them inside too?? They look giant! We will have 10ft ceilings so we have plenty of room but I’m wondering if I may regret the giant doors on everything.... help! #followourbuild #whitecottagefarm #metalhome #barndominium #buildingourdreamhome #frenchdoors #8fttall #framing #newconstruction #countryliving #shakerdoors #barnhomes #homestead #homesteading #homeinspiration #designertips #getitdone #farmhousestyle #cottagestyle #bhg ...

"Am I helping?" ...

If there’s one thing I recommend growing in your garden, it’s cabbage! It’s a show stopper in the beds. It’s still pretty early in the season in zone 6a but I’m getting so excited! It’s absolutely beautiful! You can also see on the right side of the picture what was once beautiful edamame, but it has lost a battle to a baby bunny. We’re going to cross our fingers and toes it will bounce back! •
#myhappygardeninglife #thehappygardeninglife #gardening #garden #gardenlife #gardenerslife #gardenersofig #gardenersofinstagram #garden_styles #garden_explorers #homestead #homesteading #homesteadinglife #homesteadersofinstagram #homesteadersofamerica #homesteadersofmichigan #veggiegarden #veggie #veggies #vegetablegarden #vegetables #vegetablepatch.

If there’s one thing I recommend growing in your garden, it’s cabbage! It’s a show stopper in the beds. It’s still pretty early in the season in zone 6a but I’m getting so excited! It’s absolutely beautiful! You can also see on the right side of the picture what was once beautiful edamame, but it has lost a battle to a baby bunny. We’re going to cross our fingers and toes it will bounce back! • #myhappygardeninglife #thehappygardeninglife #gardening #garden #gardenlife #gardenerslife #gardenersofig #gardenersofinstagram #garden_styles #garden_explorers #homestead #homesteading #homesteadinglife #homesteadersofinstagram #homesteadersofamerica #homesteadersofmichigan #veggiegarden #veggie #veggies #vegetablegarden #vegetables #vegetablepatch ...

I am lucky to be able to reuse some of my grandmother’s antique fiber processing tools. But growing and processing flax has died out such a long time ago, that the tools needed for turning flax plants into fiber must be remade. This one here is a flax break in the making, designed and created by Ralph. This gives me a fine opportunity to acknowledge that I am not the only one behind the Pál Berta Atelier, and the background work for our soil-to-soil fabrics is shared and rooted in community. Just like in the past in traditional communities. / / Szerencsés vagyok, hogy a nagyanyám rostfeldolgozó eszközei közül párat még felhasználhatok. Viszont a lennövények termesztése és feldolgozása már annyira a múltba süllyedt, hogy a hozzátartozó eszközeink is eltűntek, és újra kell őket készíteni. Ez itt egy készülő tiló, amelyet Ralph tervez és vitelez ki. A Pál Berta Műhely munkái nem egyszemélyesek, többen dolgozunk a háttérben. A rögtől rögig elven alapuló szöveteink a közösségben gyökereznek és a velük járó munkát megosztjuk, ahogyan az a múltbéli hagyományos közösségek idejében is történt.
#circularfashion #flax #linen #heritagetextiles #sustainableclothing #duurzaam #soiltosoil #growyourownclothes #lifeonthefarm #farmlife #smallscalefarm #slowlife #eco #bærekraftig #homestead #homesteading #sustainablefashion #farmphotography #transylvania #erdély#sustainableliving #lovelinen #flaxbreak #tiló.

I am lucky to be able to reuse some of my grandmother’s antique fiber processing tools. But growing and processing flax has died out such a long time ago, that the tools needed for turning flax plants into fiber must be remade. This one here is a flax break in the making, designed and created by Ralph. This gives me a fine opportunity to acknowledge that I am not the only one behind the Pál Berta Atelier, and the background work for our soil-to-soil fabrics is shared and rooted in community. Just like in the past in traditional communities. / / Szerencsés vagyok, hogy a nagyanyám rostfeldolgozó eszközei közül párat még felhasználhatok. Viszont a lennövények termesztése és feldolgozása már annyira a múltba süllyedt, hogy a hozzátartozó eszközeink is eltűntek, és újra kell őket készíteni. Ez itt egy készülő tiló, amelyet Ralph tervez és vitelez ki. A Pál Berta Műhely munkái nem egyszemélyesek, többen dolgozunk a háttérben. A rögtől rögig elven alapuló szöveteink a közösségben gyökereznek és a velük járó munkát megosztjuk, ahogyan az a múltbéli hagyományos közösségek idejében is történt. #circularfashion #flax #linen #heritagetextiles #sustainableclothing #duurzaam #soiltosoil #growyourownclothes #lifeonthefarm #farmlife #smallscalefarm #slowlife #eco #b ærekraftig #homestead #homesteading #sustainablefashion #farmphotography #transylvania #erd ély#sustainableliving #lovelinen #flaxbreak #til ó ...