One year ago, we started this blog and launched our Welsh Hill Farm website. We have learned a multitude of new skills, fallen flat on our faces many times, cried with frustration and with joy and had our idealistic ideas turn into real messy, dirty life. I was trying to think of a list of the things we have learned so other new farmers/homesteaders/idealistic people can learn from us.
The fall of last year quickly became almost overwhelmingly busy with animal butchering, garden harvesting, a family wedding and the beginning of our homeschooling year with 2 of our children in Grade 1. Something needed to be removed from my plate, so I took a hiatus from updating this blog. I apologize to those who have loyally visited this site looking for updates.
Okay, so that was 2015. For 2016, we of course have many new plans. Our first big project is to build a barn. My father is moving a reclaimed barn to our property and we are really excited to be finally at this stage on our farm. It will enable us to have a place for winter/early spring calving and lambing. There will finally be a proper place for feed storage and a winter watering system. We will also be able to get a family milk cow at some point. Here is our initial plan, which is a work in progress (drawn by Jeff McDougall.)
Another thing that is different this year is that we will not be selling our pastured organic chicken. We unfortunately lost quite a bit of money because of a several reasons and we would not be able to sell them again this year without a substantial price increase. Moving chickens every day and giving them natural greens and insects makes a delicious and healthy meat, but unfortunately in our case it meant the chickens grow more slowly. Also we had a problem with our feed and had to switch suppliers, at a much higher price. We will continue to grow chickens for ourself and experiment with some ways to keep costs a bit lower. We will keep you updated on our progress.
The hens are starting to pick up their laying now that the days are longer. Eggs continue to be really popular and we pretty much sell out every week. It is best to call ahead of time if you want to make sure we have some. Our feed price has gone up considerably and we may change the price but right now the price is the same as in 2015, $6 per dozen.
As usual the children are having a blast playing outside in the snow and skating on the pond. Please stop by for a hot drink and a skate sometime!
Here are some of the flowers that I designed for Jill & Dave's September Wedding. Despite a few rain showers,...