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A chore that pays

We don’t believe in allowance.  Allowance comes across as entitlement.  Just breathing results in money.  Not in our household.  You work to earn money.  (Can you tell we are fans of Dave Ramsey?)  Our first grader is often asking what she can do around our house or farm in order to get paid.  Sometimes we respond with “No, you don’t get…

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Roasting a Whole Pig

In our quick service culture, it seems that harvesting our own meat is becoming a lost art.  My great Uncle Lewis describes how when he was a boy growing up over 70 years ago his family slaughtered their own hog every year.  There was no grocery store to buy a pack of pork chops.  There was no drive through…

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Adventure Hike on Leap Year

It is days like this I am so glad we live on a farm.  The temperature was perfect-almost 70 on a February evening.  We hiked into our back pasture so hubby could haul a dead tree out of the field with his new toy tractor.  I’ll tell you more about the tractor another day.  Here is a brief recap of…

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Farewell, farm dog

We adopted Rosie, our farm dog, from the humane society almost a year ago.  She was our first farm animal!  She quickly bonded with our family and became our protector.  If a stranger entered our property, she barked aggressively and has even been known to growl.  I felt safe with Rosie.  Over the past few months, her instinct to…

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Mommy’s Tractor

Right now, we are working on creating a large fall garden.  Hubby plowed it for me, then nudged me into trying the plow.  I wasn’t sure I was ready for that.  I couldn’t remember how to start or drive the thing. Ever since we’ve had our (piece of junk) tractor, I’ve been a litte indimitated by it. It is old and…

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Bucking Hay Bales

We’ve had a very wet early summer, which has made it tricky to get our hay cut.  You see, it has to be dry and at least 80 degrees for three days in a row in order to cut hay.  If you cut it and it rains before it is up, it can be ruined.  If you wait too long…

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Berry picking

Want some berries?  Don’t want to go to the store?  Just walk outside and pick some!  We have some wild blackberries on our property and next door.  The poultry princess was more than willing to go berry picking which surprised me since she typically doesn’t like eating berries from the store.  

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The farm pond

  We often are asked how deep our pond is and what type of fish it holds.  We took a canoe out on it one evening in hopes of measuring the depth.  Between two small children and a dog who wanted to swim beside the boat, the measuring was not 100% successful.  We know it is at least ten…

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Third Thursday

A couple of weeks ago we set up shop at Joplin’s Third Thursday in order to sell some pork.  It was originally supposed to be our Farmer’s Market debut, but they postponed the opening of the market so we were the only farmers there.  For those of you not familiar with Third Thursday, the city of Joplin closes off…

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Eggs and Bacon-farm fresh!

We collected our million dollar egg on a Wednesday.  Friday, we got our second egg and picked up our meat from the butcher.  That left no choice for breakfast on Saturday morning. I popped out of bed and ran down to the kitchen to fry up our first homegrown breakfast.  The eggs were small, but so full of flavor! …

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