Right before Christmas the seed catalogs started showing up.  We receive catalogs from a number of different companies, most are companies that I wont buy from again, but I always get a little excited when I see the Seed Savers Exchange and Johnny's Selected catalogs.

I have been doing a lot of reading/research about heirloom seeds, and while this is a fairly new concept, I believe that if not this year, next year that is what we will be using almost exclusively here at Hostone Farm.

In addition to garden seed I am finding ways to create as much feed value from our pastures as possible.   I think I have come up with mixes for both our goats and our hogs, as well as, a 'middle ground' mix to make hay. 
 
 
Last night here the temperature bottomed out at -12 F. 

Last weekend was spent preparing, the basement was stocked with wood and we moved all the goats and the four remaining turkeys to the new barn. 

We also moved the boar back to be with the sow and piglets.  Not only for warmth, but also because we are looking to have another litter around the beginning of May.

Unfortunately, the weather took our youngest goat.  All of the other animals appeared to be fine. My guess is that we used a quarter to  half a cord of wood in the last about 18 hours.