A great chance find at the library, lying there on top of a returned-book cart. This isn't a book review or recommendation, although Barns, Sheds & Outbuildings is a cool browsing volume, full of clear explanations, instructions, and photos. What it did was remind me, as my … [Read more...] about Reading about building stuff
Winters on the tiny farm have always been a time for research and a bit of book learning. My first two seasons were crazy for reading, especially the winter before Year 1, when I had four months to pick up enough, from zero knowledge, using books and the Net, to map out the … [Read more...] about Hitting the books: Composting!
The Shaver Red Sex-Link laying hens are doing fine in the fairly chilly chickenhouse, eating up a storm, looking and sounding healthy and happy, and producing away. They've been in artificial light days for the last couple of months, about 16 hours made up of daylight extended by … [Read more...] about Chickens at work
Since I mentioned buying this book a while ago, I might as well wrap it up! I recently, finally read Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, an investigative reporter's full-on indictment of modern food. It came out in 2006, but with all of the … [Read more...] about The Omnivore’s Dilemma
Rubbermaid storage bins are the main harvest containers again this season (I suppose that's a plug for Rubbermaid, unintended, it just seems like they're the only company in the plastic storage bin market!). They're inexpensive (around $8 each), hold a little over a bushel, and … [Read more...] about Backstage at the farmers’ market: harvest bins