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Here Comes the Summer

May turned out to be quite an eventful month, between planting, harvesting, and other additional activities. imageimage

 

Flowers bloomed beautifully on the farm. I have really enjoyed seeing the varying flowers on the farm, such as the peonies and day lilies.

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We had a wonderful strawberry harvest. These beautiful, little, red gems are still growing in the garden. Though the harvest wasn’t excessive, the flavor was amazing. When we shared these with a friend, he said they were the best strawberries he’d ever had.

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Our count for chickens is up to 36. We have 11 hens that are producing eggs at the moment. We are playing the waiting game with the the group above, as well as with the Easter Egger Bantams. We acquired a straight run of Bantams and we have now discovered that five out of the twelve are roosters, so that was a little disappointing. We will still be able to use them for their meat.

 

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The guys have been doing a large amount of restoration on one of the barns. It’s looking fantastic. Once all is said and done, I will work on showing the progression with all the photos that have been taken.

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Here we have my beautiful tomato plants. I have been so proud of these little guys. They toughed it through some surprisingly chilly temperatures and acted like it didn’t phase them a bit. We look forward to the first harvest of sungolds, brandywines, and other varieties.

 

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We have some extra help on the farm. Some younger family members made it down to visit for a month so they assisted in getting the fence set up and painted. We also have our new farm family on the property! Casey (pictured above in the last fence photo) and Athena (pictured below, painting) arrived this past month. They brought along their two sweet girls, Ara and Blitzen, as well. We are delighted that they are here and look forward to continuing to work with them. Their arrival happened at the perfect time.

 

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While family was visiting this month, they help progress on the farm. These two girls painted the roof of our market and it really snazzied up the place.

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The event barn was enjoyed by our family when it came to meal time. My dining room table was not large enough to seat everyone on the farm! The family said they loved the view from the barn, as well as the cool place to relax.

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The reason for the large group of people on the farm is because we had the Moffitt Family Reunion to attend in Ohio. The hostess of the reunion had some friends that had several horses that were trained to give buggy rides (not pictured). She also had a friend who owned a biplane! Everyone loved the events. Brant and Trent were able to go in the biplane together and the pilot was kind enough to take a photo mid-flight.

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Brant, his father, Athena, and a few others were able to remove two trees that were growing into the side of a barn. They were very quick, efficient, and innovative in their ability to accomplish such a big task.

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We also had this lovely couple get engaged on the farm this past month. They took their engagement photos around the homestead.

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And last, but certainly not least, I present to you the beautiful canine additions to the homestead. Blaize (pictured on top) is an English Pointer that has been on the farm since April. She has encouraged the coyote population to keep their distance, which the chickens and geese appreciate. Pictured in the last two photos are Quinn and Duchess. These two are part of the Waters family.

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).

 

Welcome Shelley & Brant Moffitt

Kolb Homestead

3306 N. State Road 65

Patoka, Indiana 47666

August 10, 2014

 

For immediate release

 

Kolb Homestead Announces New Farm Family – Shelley & Brant Moffitt

 

Kolb Homestead is pleased to announce that we have a new farm family at the homestead on State Rd 65 five miles north of Princeton, Indiana.  Shelly and Brant Moffitt have recently joined us.  They have four children, Trent five years, Trinity four years, Westley 2 years and Willow 9 months.  We are excited to have this new farm family on board.

 

Brant and family have recently returned from an Air Force stint in Germany.  After seven years of military life, they are ready for more stability.  Brant grew up in on a farm in Colorado.  He has experience with livestock and some vegetable experience.   He is highly skilled in heavy equipment operation and maintenance as well as plumbing and irrigation.  As part of Brant’s preparation for life on the farm, he recently completed the Permaculture Design Course and received his International Certificate.

 

Shelley has her hands full with the children.  She is focused on healthy organic food preparation as well as baking.   She is interested in herbs and essential oils as well as the hospitality industry.  She will be responsible for our social media and marketing activities and community building.   Establishing the CSA and soliciting members for next growing season will be a primary focus.  Additionally, we are establishing a small farm market on site for retail vegetable sales.

 

Kolb Homestead has recently contracted with Patterns for Abundance a leading permaculture design firm run by Peter Bane and Keith Johnson to prepare a master permaculture plan for the entire homestead property.  This plan will lay the groundwork for implementation by Brant along with the Orr family.   There is lots of work to be done including erosion control and pasture and fencing upgrading in the short run.  Longer term, we would like to build a showcase for sustainable farming in the Midwest with educational opportunities and potentially a bed & breakfast.  Chef Daniel Orr at FARMbloomington will continue to utilize Kolb Homestead produce at his restaurant.  In addition, we are always seeking other local vendors and restaurants to purchase our produce.

 

Please contact us about participating in our CSA program via FACEBOOK or email.   Please welcome the Moffitts to the Princeton and Southern Indiana community.

 

Contacts and sources for additional information:

www.kolbhomestead.com or Kolb Homestead on FACEBOOK

 

Mary Lu Orr, 812-342-6015 or cell 812-343-8814, mlntorr@comcast.net, David Orr 713-256-4895, davidporr@yahoo.com,  Chef Daniel Orr, 812-344-4020, kitchdorr@aol.com

 

Brant & Shelley Moffitt, 812-270-1533, kolbhomestead@gmail.com

 

Patterns for Abundance – Peter Bane and Keith Johnson, 812-335-0383, 5421 E. King’s Rd, Bloomington, IN 47408 http://www.permacultureactivist.net/design/Designconsult.html

 

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CSA is full!

All our CSA shares have been sold! If you signed up, thank you!

We may be able to put you in touch with other area CSAs if you are still looking for a share.

Thanks!

Greenhouse!

Even though it still seems like we’re in the depths of Winter, Spring really is just around the corner! We’re starting plants in the greenhouse. Mostly onions, but some early greens like spinach and kale.

For the first time we’re starting our seeds in soil blocks, as opposed to the usual plastic seedling trays. Its definitely a learning process, getting the soil consistency just right! We mix compost, peat moss, soil, and sand to make the soil-starting mix.

The consensus is that soil blocks produce healthier seedlings, with less transplant shock when they get in the ground. Maybe best of all is the reduction of all the plastic waste that is usually created. Although its definitely a lot more work!

 

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!