Thursday, February 25, 2010

Goodbye winter!

Its starting to warm up a little bit here (If you want to call it that). It's Supposed to be 40 degrees in a few days Hopefully! Time to say goodbye to winter! I'm so ready for it to be over with.
Can't wait for,

warm days and cool spring nights

The smell of spring rain on the warm cement

Spring storms and the sound of thunder

planting the garden

Being outside working all day,then comming in exhausted and with dirt under my nails and a sunburn ,Then taking a Shower and bed LOL

The sound of birds singing

Oh I can't wait seriously! Hopefully this was the last snowy sunset I will see this year.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

A family eats together

It was so nice out today I thought I would go in the barn with my video camera while I fed Sammy. I thought this was so cute. I put some food in the bucket for Sam and then came a bunch of scavengers LOL. They all ate peacefully together though. Sammy a kitten,a rooster and chicken,and one of the pot belly piglets. They were munching on extra dog food. :0)

Time to start the seeds

The time has come to start some of our seeds! We are just starting the pepper plants right now. Tomatoes and all that in a few weeks. Here we are doing our hot peppers. We planted 900 hots. We are going to be starting our sweet peppers this weekend another 900! .Soon they will be popping there little heads out of the dirt. That is my favorite part.I don't like the anticipation of waiting for them to pop up. I worry they won't grow LOL.(I do this every year). I worry,Did we plant the seeds to deep,overwater them, is it warm enough for them to germinate? But once they do op up I love watching them grow. Just touching the potting soil and the smell of it has got me in the gardening mood!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Handy Man......

I'm so glad that Brad has become so handy these day's. We really needed some display boxes for our produce at the market.So after spending some time in the garage he made these! They are perfect for displaying.They are shallow so you can see what is inside of them and lightweight. I'm still trying to decided wether to stain them or keep them natural colored. He still has a few more winter projects he would like to get done before spring. Such as making a bunch of birdhouses for the market and home show.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Scientists in india create super tomatoes

What is this world comming to,and what is the price we will pay for an longer lasting tomato? Scientists are claiming they do not know the long term affects of these tomatoes and their nutritional value.So it would be like eating water nutritinally wise in the long run. What goes bad is what's good for you! You think genetically modified food will help starving people? Bio tech companies make GMO's so they can make more money pure and simple. Just look at the US. Monsanto makes Roundup ready corn--> farmers overproduce it--> the price drops so farmers can't support themselves-- they get welfare (of course they call it subsidies)
Meanwhile the American people are fatter than they've ever been, because cheap food is crappy food.

All the while Monsanto is making billions, and the billions of hungry people and the world is still hungry. If you would like to read the article for yourself here is the link.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Another good Documentary

Brad and I watched a Documentary called King corn! This is another one I think everyone should watch,Its an eye opener.It shows that almost everything we eat has some form of corn in it. Thats why american's are so obese and that Diabetes has risen in this country dramatically!! I'm really going to be watching what I buy at the grocery store from now on! Most people assume that a chicken nugget is just a piece of fried chicken, right? Wrong! Did you know that a McDonald's Chicken McNugget is 56% corn? If you want to know what’s in your food and how its grown, rent King Corn. This documentary exposes the Crop's Ubiquity and Potential Harm.

Americans need to start growing their own food if they can, or at least be buying if from farmers markets. They stated in this show that most iowa farmers can't feed themselves like they could back in the day.Why? because almost all the corn that is grown cannot be digested unless processed. Pretty scary! So basically if grain farmers had to feed themselves they couldnt Like they could 30 years ago where almost every farmers grew and raised everything they ate! I think people need to get back to that way of life.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Giant eggs!

Brad and I just bought 18 new hens to add to our flock. We bought Red Star hens and to our surprise they are the hens that lay the giant eggs! These hens are only 9 months old and lay some of the biggest brown eggs I have ever seen! They are like super Jumbo eggs! Some of them won't even fit into the egg cartons and have to be stored in bowls LOL.And the ones that will fit into the cartons fill it up and I can hardly close the carton as you can see. Some of them almost resemble duck eggs! Here is a picture of the ones that would fit into the cartons. Here is one of our large regular sized eggs compared to the super jumbo eggs lol. I kept an egg today that was the biggest egg I have ever seen! It measured 3 1/2'' long by 6'' around!!! I'm keeping it for as long as I can lol.

A sign of spring

First sign that spring is near! We have babies being born like crazy! Our barn is filled with the sounds of lambs and goat kids. We also have a bunch of little baby pot belly pigs running around. This is always a fun time of year! Its like Christmas because I can't wait to see what color goat will be born next. We have around 70 goats so there are alot of them! Now the lambs all look alike color wise. They do have different faces though. Most of them look the same but sometimes you get one like this little guy, with a cute little fuzzy face.
Oh by the way all these little pot belly pigs are for sale! They are also related to Gary mativier's pig Frankie!