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Jan-bruary

So… I’m posting later than I had planned.

It has been a busy month and last weekend my Permaculture class started back up from the holiday break and this weekend I had a beekeeping class, so that tweaked my schedule a bit.

Beautiful variety of our farm eggs. Hoping to soon have enough to sell.

Beautiful variety of our farm eggs. Hoping to soon have enough to sell.

 

The month of January cosisted of LOTS of projects and jobs on the farm. In the beginning of the month, the boys spent time cleaning up the silo floor. It was in far better shape than anticipated.

 

Here's a BEFORE photo.

Here’s a BEFORE photo.

 

Middle of clean up.

Middle of clean up.

 

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And currently.

 

I will get a more recent photo when it’s finished. I’m sure the rain and snow have washed away some of the mud.  I will continue to update as changes are made.

 

As some of you may have seen, mulch has been getting trucked in and spread, by hand, over the gardens. We have about FIVE HUNDRED cubic yards of the stuff.  It’s an impressive amount, I can certainly tell you that.

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The hard-working minion and Dad.

 

We set up a SoilMate account, as well.

“Soil Mate is an organization looking to push forward the local food and drink message. We believe that it is essential to all aspects of health, community and sustainability that we reconnect with the origins of our food and drink, and understand how and where it is grown, and by whom. The message is simple: know your farmer, know your food.”

Check it out when you have a moment! I’ll be updating the profile as we progress.

 

https://www.soilmate.com/farms/kolb-homestead#listing-tabs=blog

 

Now, the exciting news… We have baby chicks! Beautiful little Easter Egger Bantams. We received them in the mail a few days ago. It was the cutest box of fluff I’ve ever seen. Not that it’s common for us to receive boxes of fluff in the mail. Our minions were very excited and have spent the past few days observing the chicks play, peck, and eat.

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As soon as we took them out of their box, we taught them to drink. *No animals were harmed in the making of this photo.*

Minion #1 getting some cuddles.

Minion #1 getting some cuddles.

 

Shortly, we will be bringing a larger variety of animals to the homestead.

 

 

~Momma Moffitt’s Final Tidbit~

The weather seems to be getting slightly warmer but, for those days that you need a little extra boost of warmth in a small room, you can use an inexpensive terra-cotta heater.

All you will need is:

– a terra-cotta pot with a stand

– matches or lighter

– one or two tea lights

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The supplies.

 

Place tea light on the terra-cotta stand and light the wick.

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Then place the pot upside down on top of the stand. Make sure the pot sits at an angle to allow for air circulation. Otherwise, the candle will not burn as hot and could snuff out.

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And, there you have it! A super simple, and inexpensive, way to add a little extra heat to a room. It should heat for two to four hours. I have seen where other people have  decorated their heaters but I’ll be putting our pot back to use in the green house as Spring grows nearer.

Hello, Indiana!

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Hello, All!

I, Shelley, am the new blogger for Kolb Homestead. We have been here, on the farm, for almost six months now and have loved every minute of it! I thought I’d provide you all with a little information, about myself and our family, and our work.

Before we arrived at Kolb Homestead, our family had traveled all over the place. Brant and I grew up in Colorado. Not the pretty part, but the desert. Brant joined the military  after he graduated and, since then, we have traveled all around the west and a large part of Europe. Any one that hasn’t visited Europe should give it some serious thought. It’s beautiful! Once Brant finished with the military, we made plans to move to Indiana, and we were fortunate enough to find Kolb Homestead. We arrive on the homestead in early July, along with our four children: Trent, age 6; Trinity, age 4; Westley, age 2; and Willow, age 1.

Since July, we have stayed quite busy. Brant attended a Permaculture course shortly after we arrived and I am in the middle of attending classes for the same course. We have reinvigorated the red brick house and are almost finished with painting. Vegetable production was booming this summer and we had tomatoes galore. I worked on getting the market up and running. I was able to open it up for a few weeks, which I really enjoyed. Our children took to the farm well and, despite the summer heat, roamed out to play in the fields and with the chickens while Brant and I picked produce.

Now, that we have a little more of a routine, my plan is to “routinely” write the blog, hopefully once a month. Cut me a little slack, I have four minions that keep me quite busy. 😀 I will be sharing our stories as we implement the permaculture plan on the homestead and continue to grow our business. I would love to interact with you all. Please feel free to comment or send messages with questions or advice.

~S~

 

 

Momma Moffitt’s Minute

EFFORTLESS EGGNOG – One of my favorite recipes for this time of year!

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 5 min.YIELD:16 servings
Ingredients
1/2 gallon cold milk, divided
1 package (3.4 ounces) instant French vanilla pudding mix
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Directions
1. In a large bowl, whisk 3/4 cup milk and pudding mix until smooth. Whisk in the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in the remaining milk. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 16 servings (2 quarts).

 

2014 CSA Shares now available!

We’ll be offering a limited number of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares for the 2014 growing season. For details, and to sign up, please click on the “Community Supported Agriculture” tab on the top of this page. THANKS!