We will have three hogs available around the end of October. Let us know if you would be interested in a whole or half. Our next available hogs will probably be ready around May 2015.
We have made some MORE progress in our new building! I am so excited to see the milk house and milking area take shape! Jason has worked SO hard to make dairying with goats as easy as possible. He even tracked down a pump and milking equipment. I currently milk by hand as I am not milking enough does to justify using the pump.
We had TRIPLETS born February 19th. Seeing brand new life never gets old! We have two more does expecting and I will be happy when the next few weeks are over.
The cold temperatures have proved a little bit of a challenge for us this winter. We are used to the changes of temperature living in the great state of OHIO brings. We are NOT however, used to Minnesota! I am hoping that all the sub-zeros are gone from our forecast.
I do appreciate snow along with the cold. It makes a great insulator for the barn! You just gotta get out there and shovel it up against the sides! Jason and the boys were happy because we finally were able to use the blade for our 165 gas Massey Ferguson tractor.
I am currently tossing around the idea of starting a snail mail newsletter for KIDS! It would probably be 3 or 4 times a year and include the more fun/interesting things that happen here on Hostone Farm! I would love some feedback on this idea!
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.
Today in my attempt to feed my children more "real" food, I altered one of our favorite pancake recipes. I mixed up 1C oat flour, 1tsp baking powder, 1/2tsp baking soda, 1/4tsp sea salt, 1/8C raw honey, 1C milk 2TBS coconut oil, and 1 egg! They liked it better than the old recipe!
I really do love honey and we use it for nearly everything. We use it as a sweetener, as a facial cleanser...I encourage you to Google all the wonderful uses of RAW honey!
We will be getting an early start to the morning as we are loading up our first farm raised hog for slaughter. I am hoping to be able to have some pictures to post tomorrow of our triumph or, most, likely, our folly.
My husband and I will blog various things based on our various daily happenings on the farm. Mine will probably be more animal and children related where his will probably be more finances and planning related.
Progress is an ever evolving goal here on Hostone Farm. Progress this weeks is related to our new building and getting the stalls goat ready! Winter is coming and we are really looking forward to having our kids born in a draft free barn!
My husband picked up the lumber today so he is really serious about getting to work on that!
I will begin to post pictures of the daily happenings as I have them too! There have been talks about a mini donkey joining our organized chaos! We shall see!
Jason & Sara Hostetler
Self proclaimed modern day homesteaders!
This family is great! I agree with their principals and I cannot thank them enough for truly making our visit to Oak Grove Preschool! Stop by and check out her site!
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