Shepherding the Flock, Tending the Garden

Winter Feeding

Interesting Tidbit on Winter Feeding…

Feeding methods cost: A three year wintering investigation was conducted at Dickinson Research Extension Center in North Dakota to determine the effect of hay feeding methods on cow wintering cost. The average amount of hay wasted needs to be calculated when determining how much hay to provide to cows every day or when making forage… Continue Reading →

Lamb Tacos


Servings: 8 Preparation Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 3-4 Hours INSTRUCTIONS 2 guajillo chiles 2 ancho chiles 1 garlic clove 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano 1 teaspoon cumin 1-1/2 teaspoons piloncillo or brown sugar 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1/2 cup water, or more as necessary 2-3 pounds boneless leg of… Continue Reading →

When Is It Safe To Graze Alfalfa Fields?

Grazing alfalfa in the late fall can be a great economical feed source. However, with these warmer fall temperatures (or lack of hard frosts) and high cattle and lamb prices can create a situation where bloat could be very costly. There are no “for sure” rules to determine when alfalfa is “safe” to graze, however… Continue Reading →

Cheese Press

Cheese Adventures

What do you do when you have a lovely Jersey Milk Cow who gives you 3 gallons of creamy milk every time she is milked? 

Home grown

Mindful Living on the Farm

I bought John Seymour’s “Self Sufficient Life and how to live it”. I have been wanting it for years and finally bought it for our Farm Library. I have only gotten to page 23 and already have learned much. Seymour states “There should be no need for a garbage man on the self-sufficient farm.” I… Continue Reading →

Improve Soil with Animals

Why Farming with Animals is Essential

This is a fascinating and informative Video. It gives us something to think about.

Small Garden

Dreaming of Farming?

How much land do you need? How many and what kind of animals? Start where you are and take small steps toward your goals…you will get there. The important thing is to start. For years we talked of farming, being self-sufficient and someday; then one day we realized that was what we had been doing… Continue Reading →

Home Grown Food

Fig- Stuffed Boneless Leg of Lamb

INGREDIENTS 4 pounds boneless leg of American lamb 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons black pepper 3 tablespoons lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (optional) 1 cup mixed herbs combined (parsley, mint, thyme) 2/3 cup olive oil 5 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese 7 Orchard Valley Choice Mission Figs 3 tablespoons pistachios DIRECTIONS Preheat the oven to… Continue Reading →

Home Grown food

Shepherd’s Pie

INGREDIENTS FILLING 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1-1/2 pounds ground American lamb 1- 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 2-3 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped 1/4… Continue Reading →

Feeding time

March Madness

This is the way to relish a farmer’s life in the midst of all the activity that spring brings.


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