Bought the new camper and picked it up Tuesday. We are going to be traveling around the country, working, homeschooling, and checking out what other farms and camps are doing. You can follow the adventure at http://travelingtek.com and http://hasbeenthere.com
At 5am the meat chickens were loaded in the truck to goto slaughter. Some of them were pretty heavy. Should be good eatin’.
I’ve struggled with the posts in the forum under “Calendar of Events” for a long time; they sort by default by “date/time posted” and you have to manually re-sort them by title to get them in order. So …
I’ve decided to rely more on the Google calendar that we’ve been using.
In any case, from now on the actual SCHEDULE will be posted on the Google calendar. The Forum will have a new space called “Meeting Notes” or “Event Notes” or something to that effect. I will post the notes for each meeting/event there, and I will post them in chronological order so that they show up in chronological order.
I think this will help avoid confusion and hopefully make the forum more user friendly.
Paula and I finished the Truth Project last night. Powerful presentation. We’ll be starting the Truth Project at Big Oak Ridge on October 4. I started a group sign up on the Truth Project website. Click on “join a small group” and search by state or zip, you’ll find “Big Oak Ridge” listed. Please join the group if you plan on attending. I’m really looking forward to this. I signed up as a leader to get the group registered but I think Tony and I will actually be co-leading. I’ll get this on the schedule of events on the forum soon.
This is the true result of the West’s preoccupation with “population control”
You sow to the wind, you reap to the whirlwind. (Hosea 8:7)
We’ve officially entered the “canning season”, starting with pickles and relish. The cucumbers this year are awesome – lots of them and they taste great. We also put more blueberries in the freezer along with some beets. Between the vegetable harvest and the “meat harvest” it’s going to be crush time here at Big Oak Ridge for a while – but we are thankful!
This is our new grinder. His name is Jack (see, it even says so.)
My mom gave us this old workhorse earlier today, and we immediately put him to work making relish. Worked pretty well – a little slower than the food processor, but gave a nicer texture to the ground vegetables. And Jack is actually easier to clean too!
I think we’re going to like Jack.
I updated the notes as best as I could for home group; there are a few days in May that we simply can’t remember what happened. If anyone else can remember feel free to help us out. I’ll try to do better at keeping up with this in the future.
Got more corn today; at $50.00 a pop the steer are bleeding us into financial anemia. The new plan is: I’m giving them a whole 50# bag of corn every a.m. – that’s all they get for the day. I have 11 or 12 bags now; I’ll make one more “purchase” of 500 lbs. and in the meantime I’ll schedule the steer’s demise. Not sure where the money for the butchering will come from, but I’ll figure it out.
The laying hens appear to be over their respiratory ailment, but they are not laying. We have two that are trying to set (both now in the same nest box.) We are going to medicate until the end of this week; then we’ll push the brooders off the nest, get rid of the old eggs, and attempt to jump start the laying again.
The meat chickens are also eating beyond our income. We found out the butchers for the chickens are on vacation, so the meat chickens have two more weeks. As soon as we can reach the butchers we’ll schedule the chickens to be freezer bound – hopefully within 3-4 weeks max.
This is from Fishermen’s Net News:
Kent: We will need to make a decision ASAP if we want to participate. I believe at this point I am going to commit. We can discuss this at our next meeting.