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.

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