Gandalf the Great Pyrenees had a new toy. The story goes (according to him anyway) that Buttercup the chicken got out of the pen and he was simply attempting to corral her back in. Three quarters of her was stuck … Continue reading Backyard Chicken Tips and Homesteading School
“So what is your plan?” the advisor asked. She had a bit of dizziness so I handed her a tincture of something to help her that I had made. She took it and inquired upon my school. There I sat in her school trying to think of what my plan was. “English because I think that will be the easiest way to get a teaching degree for me. I want to help homeschool parents and be an evaluator.” She handed me two more sheets of requirements that I would need to take. “I want to take Native studies, and botany, … Continue reading Can Cats Be on a Board of Directors?
We went over to Sylvia’s farm Sunday afternoon. The day was warm and sunny and her alpacas were wandering happily about their pens. Sylvia was a gracious host and went over again everything we would need to know after taking the two alpacas home that she had generously offered us. They are very cute boys. Buddy is small and fluffy and his friend, Carmello, looks like a camel. Their fleece is lovely and they didn’t kick me or spit at me. They did immediately head away from anywhere we were. That is how alpacas are. I don’t know if I thought these alpacas … Continue reading Choosing Farm Animals (no alpacas this time…)
Saturday shone bright and warm, full of tall snow capped mountains and warm, piercing sun that filled us with light. We headed to Woodland Park for a winter market. We haven’t been there since Nancy passed away and since we were the 5 Farmgirls. I was surprised by the outpouring of support and joy in seeing us again. We went as Pumpkin Hollow Farm and Garden Fairy Apothecary. Each market worker hugged me as I came in. Folks stopped by the table and recognized me. “You’re the goat lady!” one gal said. I wasn’t sure if she was remembering me … Continue reading A January Weekend
The sun is shining brightly on this lovely New Year’s morn as a feeling of hope and aspiration overcomes us. We release the last year, accept its many lessons, rejoice that we are here this morning to breathe and revel in unstoppable dreams and goals. What is in store for Farmgirl School this year? My lists are brimming. This year we will completely immerse ourselves in permaculture (Doug and I are already busy reading books and listening to lectures on the subject…such a foreign concept to us as we have been gardening the same way for so long but are excited to completely change for the better … Continue reading What’s Next? (welcoming the new year)
Several times this year I had us (meaning myself and you readers) all write down dreams, goals, things we want to change in our lives, things that we are holding onto, things that we need to start in order to get our dreams to unfold before us. For anything you desire or wish for will come to fruition. Once you put it out there and start planning, it is a done deal. For us, we longed for a place with more land. We had truly run out of space at our adorable rental house in town on two-thirds of an … Continue reading Starting a Homesteading School