This is where we spend our days and nights. We both fully employ and engage ourselves at home.
We have a diverse garden where we organically grow all of our produce for the year. It also sustains a growing ecology of birds, insects, bats, toads and snakes who provide invaluable service keeping the garden pests in balance.
We have begun to grow small scale grains in 2008, both traditional feed grains such as oats, wheat and rye, as well as grains for the kitchen. Golden Amaranth is shown in the picture, we are also growing dry peas, dry beans, sunflower seeds, hulless pumpkin seeds, quinoa, hulless oats, and hard red spring wheat for bread making.
Our pastures border on 90 acres of mixed forest that was clear-cut 15 years ago. We have been sustainably logging and thinning for firewood and building material. In just two years we have observed a change in the diversity of undergrowth, as well as more nesting birds in the summer.
Our standard bred horse helps us bring wood out of the forest and does some cultivating in the garden.
We keep a small flock of Isa Brown hens and a Plymouth Barred Rock rooster. We hatched out 13 chicks this summer showing strong Barred Rock characteristics.
We have kept a Jersey milking cow for 4 years. She provides an abundance of milk and butter. The realities of a small homestead do not fit well with the Jersey breed, and we are looking to change our dairy herd to goats this fall.