Farm News

Stay tuned and join us as we share our opinions, adventures and experiences living a farming lifestyle in heritage tradition.

Farming, Dream Life? You Decide.

Is farming the dream life? You'll have to decide for yourself. I'd love to be optimistic, toting all the benefits and romance of how great farm life is- sunshine and roses type of thing, focused on all the positives of being natural, sustainable, eco friendly and eating the best food. Even a good full day of hard work is often very rewarding, but there's always the bottom line to confront. You know, the bitter reality of finances and what it will really cost you in income, lifestyle and relationships. This blog is not to discourage anyone from their passions of trying to make a small farm profitable, especially if you're doing it consciously to honour the land, reverse climate change or...
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Pace Yourself- Day In The Life Snippet

Oh, I love naps. I woke up at six a.m. to the sound of the rooster and jumped to fixing a coffee of course, while revving up into my flurry of daily tasks, that change slightly depending on the season, but never by volume. Some of the tasks are an inescapable part of anyone’s adulthood, such as food prep, emptying dishwashers and feeding the pets, but other things like bread making and dehydrated apple slices are self-inflicted. In accepting the role of farmwife/homesteader, somehow I straddle the line between living resourcefully off the land to surfing the internet for YouTube videos while working at making products. I wonder which century I spend more time in? As an entrepreneur I look...
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Farming Art Fibre

I have always been an artist and crafter at heart, and for the longest time I thought my God-given creativity had to expressed in a traditional pen and paper, or brush and canvas sort of way to qualify as being 'real' art. Though I believe I am talented on the drawing and painting side, I fell in love with fibres, especially the colours and the textures of them. My fibre business idea began when my husband wanted to start a simple hobby farm, reminiscent of his childhood days growing up with pigs and cattle. And though a complete newbie at farming myself, I integrated aspects to the plan that would appeal to me, such as raising fibre animals.  I adore...
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My Journey to Becoming a Farmer

Here I am late November, realizing a new year on the horizon and reflecting on the journey that brought us to Northern Ontario to farm. If I want to get philosophical about it, I suppose my internal journey has always prodded me north. Or, at least to more open spaces, away from cement, traffic and chaos. I always loved the solitude of a long walk on a deserted country road, and gasped at visions barns on the horizon, and delighted even more if the scene included a cow or two. But I hadn't the foggiest on what I was actually observing. I was so out of touch with farming that a primary grade child would have been more knowledgeable on...
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Can You Raise Rabbits with Chickens, or Should You?

Raising rabbits and chickens together. Can you or should you? That's just what I was wondering too. Five years into our farm-steading, or big hobby farm adventure, we are always looking for ways to improve the operation. If you want the fast answer to whether this unlikely combo of chicken and rabbit can cohabitate, then I have to say yes. In fact I wish I'd tried it sooner. I’ll itemize some of the ways that this experiment worked for us, and what I believe benefitted the critters as well. Save Barn Space When the cost per square foot of barn space is at a premium, that requires a high degree of animal productivity. You know, you have to evaluate whether raising rabbits and...
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Life on the Farm

Life on the farm is bliss. Not a neighbour in sight, and the spectacle of God's sky and scenery are spiritually transporting. That is, until you think you hear thunder one morning, only to realize it's the sound of horse hooves busting out of the pasture and heading down the road to the grain field. Yep, just when you were thinking about how good that first sip of coffee was going to be, you've got a round up to perform instead. So many of these ironies unfold on the homestead on a regular basis. The chores and routines of the day are systemized with regularity, just like sunrise and sunset. Yet, the ability to control the weather and the animals...
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I'm A Bushman

'Yes, I'm a Bushman', he said, full of pride, yet in a slightly awkward and bashful way. 'I like it that way', he goes on, 'you know, you know.' He was waiting in line to pay for his fuel, and this young gentleman opened up a place to let me in. 'I'm in no hurry', he reported. He continued to explain that the gas was for his machine. I said, 'Oh you're a snowmobiler then?', and he got very engaged and excited. 'Oh, yes, you got it, you got it', he continued, as if we'd met on a common plane. A plane of thinking that is, when you discover that someone actually truly gets you and shares in your experiences...
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When We Began Farming

We had many decisions to make when we officially became farmers. And almost five years later, we are still a work in progress, consulting about the future based on the things we've learned. This blog shares our journey, belief systems and choices in the farming practices of Northern Ontario. The first animals to establish our farm identity, routines and commitments were a pair of angora goats named Eva and Zsa Zsa. (Named in honour of those gorgeous Hungarian darlings.) This purchase signified a monumental transition for a city girl- someone born and raised in Toronto!  I had to be led by a husband with a strong background in agriculture. Someone who had only known farming as a way of life, for...
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Are Coffees Really All That Different?

   Life in these pandemic days has allowed me to stay plugged into YouTube, read more blogs and take a few courses focused on e-commerce.    One of these educational tangents caught me listening about the sourcing, importing and roasting of coffee beans. The instructor suggested seeking out local roasting companies to get familiar with the various types of beans coming from different locations in the world, stating clearly that you would notice and appreciate the improved quality of small batch, slowly roasted coffee beans.    Maybe in other places of the world I snickered to myself, a tropical location perhaps, you might stumble on a local roastery, but I was sure nowhere in Ontario, Canada. These thoughts plainly magnified...
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Cooking Your First Rabbit

I was just cooking up some rabbit reminiscing about the first time I had to cook one. This is where I warn you that this article may not be the most suitable read for Easter and fuzzy wuzzy cuteness, so... back to the beginning when we decided to raise meat rabbits.   Raising Meat Rabbits We did some research and bought our first New Zealand and Californian varieties. My husband's uncle was raising meat rabbits and we were able to glean information from him as well. Conveniently we had a rabbit depot in our area to bring our finished rabbits to on a Saturday morning. From the drop off, our rabbits would be trucked to a processing plant along with...
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