Welcome 2015. In hopes this year brings exciting adventures to the farm.
I am hoping you all entered 2015 safely.
Ledge Hill Farm has had to make some changed in the latter part of 2014 which a lot were heart breaking. I ended up selling all my goats and rabbits, and beginning of December we lost one of our big Belgians. Very sad time. The farm took a pretty big hit in July when a mircroburst came right thru the whole farm and we lost alot of trees and pasture and shelters for the animals. In hoping 2015 will be easier on the farm and we can rebuild and get back to having goats and a few other animals.
Decided to get to farming full time,, as many times as I try to say I am done,, I am not. Farming, dirt, babies, haying, pig catching and milking and chores year round is just embedded deep in me.
So this year will be a serious,,, year for self sufficiency. No more processed foods from the store,,none notta... All meats will be raised on the farm. If you want a hot dog ya better hope I learn how to make them.
The white board has been written out and here is a look at some of the additions to all the normal farm day to day things
Meat kritters to be grown here- goats, lambs, pigs, beef kritter, chickens and turkeys
Will be replacing milking goat herd and a dairy cow.
all cheeses and butters and creams will be made on farm
chickens will provide eggs for baking and eating.
Have been working on DD Desserts to be able to sell more baked good from the farm also with all home grown ingredients.
Garden catalogs have been searched page by page to enhance our garden from last year. More beans and squashed and carrots, cabbage, potatoes for winter storage will be grown.
Many wood working projects need to be completed, addition on the front of the house with ramp, enclosed porch and addition for the cookstove and new chimneys.
Root cellar and smoke house are a few smaller projects but will have a big impact for us when finished.
The root cellar will be awesome, will make more room in pantry for products that have to be canned.
New barn for goats and sheep and shelters for the pigs in the pastures. A hay barn addition the already big garage needs to be added this year in hopes Rob can have his garage back to be able to work on equipment in the winter.
A lot of work, but when done we can feel good about it all,,knowing we are providing for our family and giving them the best we can grow.
Itching for spring and to get started but as we are looking at a winter snow storm today, dreaming is all I can do. So working on quilting and sewing, knitting , crocheting will occupy my time til I can get out in the sun shine.
I hope 2015 brings you happiness and adventure and many smiles to share..
God Bless from Ledge Hill Farm
aka The Simple Farm Girl