future from the past...
for our farm, our farm had self certified back in 2009, in June of 2013, we lost
that certification. Our local power company NEAC allow its contractors to
spray a toxic mix of Rodeo (roundup by another name), Escort and Polaris on our
nice organic soil.
we tried to get them to understand what happened, they would not hear
contractors for NEAC came to our farm on June 12, 2013, below is the readers
digest version of events.
To all my friends, family and
well-wishers, the events of last night have all been recorded, and as soon I get
a free moment, they will be made available.
I can tell you much of what went on
was just pure idiocy on their behalf. They
are utterly unaware of the damage they have caused, and because they cannot see
it with their eyes, they balk at my words. Soil
tests will show their chemicals in my soil.
I am happy to send soil off.
They seemed to have felt it was not
that big of a deal. I think it is; I
cannot sell my plants or wild forage as organic, and not sure I would like to
sell them as non-organic / contaminated crops.
What they said really amounts too,
“your plants do not look dead enough.” Really, it is not about the dead
plants as much as the now non-organic level I have acquired.
They think if you cannot see it; it is not real; I could write volumes
where that went wrong. So after
trying to get me to agree to accepting $5000.00, plus $1000.00 for a fence, and
failing, they continued to push. They
explained how many people were now out of work because of me.
I corrected them; it was due to their error, not mine.
They told me how awful it would be if we all had to go to court that they
would pull my taxes, and I would have to pull paper work.
I also explained I was OK with that; I am a registered farm; I have my
certification in writing, and that my husband keeps exceptionally detailed
records as all organic farms are required to do.
He was aware that our farm was
organic; he understood that it would take us years to get recertified, but
insisted it would all be ok. He told
us how it could drag out for a year; I have years now, so no problem.
He said, listen I can have this money to you by Friday, in cash.
I explained it does not matter about the money; it is so much more than
that. I told them about what the
farm meant to us and others, and how we had to make sure that not only did they
never return, but that no other organic farm would endure our fate.
He told me how they would make sure.
I paused and said, you said that about my trees.
He said this time was different. I
cannot tell you the number of times people in my life had used those exact
words, perhaps it is a flaw in all people to tell you what they think you want
to hear. I am unsure, but I am sure
that I said no. I will lose $5000.00
per year on our small farm organic, for no less than three years, but closer to
five or seven.
have the money saved to pay the entire certification for the plants; that would
have allowed us to make as much money as we wanted.
Now, my dream of doing that is dead, but I will push forward to protect
other farms, from this sort of RAPE. I
will teach others to stand up to these companies and get back what belongs to
them. I will not give up, and my
friends and loved ones, I will not give in.
My cause is just.
Ok so I
have not been on here for a while, but I have been very busy, it was very hard
being a CNA, but I guess I get a break from that now and get to go back to being
an artist/farmer...Very cool and I have so much to do.
We have a
Milk cow now and who knew using four gallons of milk a day could be so
some photos of Moo and her than new baby boy Israel (who we have just started
about about banding a calf...wow that was something to write home about...lol
instructions that came with the bands and bander are far less than one needs.
It says simply place over testicals...lol
very helpful...no where does how high to place the band or hoe to get the bander
tool off. After a few minutes I figured it out, but even once you do it
your not sure you did the right thing.
Direct TV throw me for a loop, in with our new programming is a channel called
JLTV (Jewish life television).
Here is a
my...programming I can watch and enjoy!
are thrilled as living in the middle of no where has left us with very few
others to hang out with...so seeing on Jews and hearing their stories is so
USDA-certification for organic scary stuff -about hatching eggs
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Death of our beloved
Well today we found Roy sitting up with his
ladies, he had passed away in his sleep. I wonder if he ever knew
that it was his act of breeding all our girls and some of our friends
goats that he would live on forever. It is because of him that our
once tiny herd has increased to over 20 girls and a few fellas. He
even bred one of my sheep..lol
We stated out with baby our most beloved Nubian
milk goat. She was our first milk goat and cost me a small fortune
to acquire. She was in milk when we bought her and gave us milk
for over a year before we realized we needed to freshen her. When we
bought her I was told she was only three years old, well it was closer
to 8 or 9 and shortly after kidding she died, the birth was just to much
on her. We stayed pretty much by her side and did all we could
spending more caring for her, than she had cost us in the first place.
No price is to high for that of a loving and loyal friend and we gladly
would have given more if it would have saved her. Before she died
she had her three beautiful little does. . We bottle
feed all of them .Only one survived even with our best efforts and she
is the most lovely little goat. My husband Michael had named our little
ladies. Death, who died first, Famine who died next in my arms
after only two weeks of life and than Pestilence. Our joke is
death will always die, famine is short lived but pestilence lives on.
Pestilence is a wonderful little goat with supper long ears who
will make beautiful little babies at some point.
We were truly blessed in having them both in
our lives and we will bury Roy next to his first Wife Baby and we thank
HaShem for the time they both spent in our lives...
Be Blessed and Be Wonderful...Shekhinah
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
Sassafras and other herbs
and plants that grow here...
so today while at our friend's house I asked about Sassafras because I
know. I could not find any
thing that looked the photos in my book.
I found out there is a different sort of sub variety here in
. So I now have leaves and
know where it is on my property. Always find some old timer to help you
find the plant you are looking for, that's my advice.
my great surprise he told me that people buy this stuff.
As strange as it seems people will buy leaves, wood, bark
and roots of this tree and pay top dollar.
Some one on Ebay is getting $12.00 per pound for the leaves and
another is getting almost ten bucks for a flat rate priority box full,
plus the buyer is paying the shipping.
know it weird right! I use
the roots for tea and have a sort of paddle I use to stir the soap, but
have never given it a thought that it had a market value to anyone
else….So I guess we are planning to offer it up for sale, like our
soap and other products. You
never know the value of the stuff you have laying around.
guess I will hang out with a few old timers and find out what wild
indigo looks like, and goldenseal as well as ginseng.
They all grow wild here…I am really excited about finding wild
indigo so I can use it in the fall to dye our cotton and our wool.
Golden seal is good for healing and a bit pricey, so I will enjoy
not having to buy it again and ginseng we do use but right now it is
being bought here for $275. Per
pound so I think I would have to it and by Koran ginseng instead…lol
Blessed and Be Wonderful
Off to go a trading.....
So off we go to trim and shoe a few horses, trade for
some replacement handles and soap.
Trade and barter is a large part of our lives. We
very much enjoy the interaction with others and sharing their special work with
So if your out there and you haven't tried to barter
with a neighbor,
give it a shot...You meet new people and maybe even learn a few new things.
Be Blessed and Be Wonderful
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Wow we had a great hatch over 70 new baby
quails born yesterday. Out of 80 eggs we had 78 hatch, 2 near
hatches. One did nothing...poor little thing.
So we have gone from worrying about having
enough quail to lay eggs to having a whole bunch. Our first babies
have long since been laying and they are all doing great.
We even sell eggs on the net and on Ebay...Funny
how it all works out...
Our a sadder note more poor old billy is about
to die any day....It's so sad he can barely walk and has to be brought
food and water now.
Michael is going to build a little lean to for
him to keep him out of the weather and such...We move him and clean
under him since I can no longer get him to stand.
He has been a great breeder..and has left us
many daughter and a few sons.
Other wise we are making soap...and just sort
of hanging out here on our little mountain.
Be Blessed and Be Wonderful
Dealth of dear
fiends...Bottom of the hudson-Band
Dear Friends, Let us together morn
this great loss of musical talent. I have many of their cds and
met them and befreinded them a long while back. Never would I have
thought I would have writing this letter today. But I ask that
anyone out there that reads this, does all they can to help the familys
of these good men.
Please read on and Be Blessed
and Be Wonderful...
Philadelphia/Brooklyn band Bottom of the Hudson suffered a serious van
wreck on Sunday, July 29th, while returning home after the final date of
a short East Coast tour to promote their new album, Fantastic Hawk,
released just two weeks ago on July 17. While on I-40 near
a tire blew out sending the van out of control and flipping it multiple
times. Bassist Trevor Butler was killed in the accident and
Greg Lytle is currently in ICU in Chapel Hill, NC. The other
the band, Eli Simon, Michael Prince and William Chesterton Chambers,
suffered minor injuries and were released from the hospital.
We didn't have an opportunity to get to know Trevor Butler as well as we
would have liked, but he was a great guy and a great musician. He
instrumental in the evolution of the band's sound over the years. In
addition to playing in Bottom of the Hudson for the last several years,
Trevor also was a founding member in fellow-Philadelphia group Coyote.
He was utterly devoted to music and helped many, many bands set-up shows
in Philadelphia. We are devastated by his loss and he will be
missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the band and their
Services will be held for Trevor Butler on Thursday in his hometown of
Myrtle Beach, SC. Thanks to everyone who has sent condolences
We are currently accepting donations via Paypal (the address
firstname.lastname@example.org) on behalf of Trevor's family and for Greg's
medical bills resulting from the accident. A benefit show is
discussed, but we're all still reeling from this tragedy. We
update our home page (www.absolutelykosher.com,
which also has a
donation link) as news of Greg's condition and progress on further
fundraisers comes in. Your generosity in this difficult time is
Cory Brown and everyone at Absolutely Kosher RecordsC
so as most people in the world know I am working on having our little farm
become more and more self sufficient. So
far Michael and I make and use our
own soap, dish soap, laundry soap and such.
We raise a lot of our own meat; sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys,
geese and pigeons and of course our quail.
Our Goats and sheep also provide us milk which we make into yogurt,
cheese, cream cheese and of course the above mentioned soap.
We shear and spin the wool from our sheep and have future plans of
weaving some and crocheting and knitting as well.
We also hunt deer in season. We
do tan our hides, just incase you wondered… Very little goes to waste here...
can what we grow, tomatoes, peppers…and a whole bunch of other stuff.
We make our own jams, jelly and the like.
The herbs and such we raise we dry and use all year round. We have
learned to cook a lot of food from scratch and not to buy any where near as much
log our wood with our own horses; we use it to heat with and sometimes cook.
the fall we plan to fire up the forge and make some new tools and maybe make a
kiln so I can have some new dishes…lol
in the mean time I am learning new tricks to make life a little better for us.
Because we have chosen to live in the middle of no where thinks like soy
milk and tofu and such are hard to come by and a bit pricey.
However soybeans are cheap…around $9.00 for 50lbs/22.680
Kilograms….that is a lot of soybeans. It
takes only a little less than one third of a pound or 125 g of soy beans to make
a little over a quart or one litter. That
mean you could make over 150 quarts or litters of soy milk for the $9.00.
We buy soy milk by the half gallon now at a cost of around $3.00 or so;
cost $222.00 not including tax. Yikes!
So I will save at least $213.00 plus I am making it myself.
It has a by product as well. The
insoluble material which remains is called okara, and can be used as an
ingredient for bread making in other form of cooking or as feed for chickens,
sheep, goats and alike. So there is
not waste. Anyone who wants to try
and make soy mik just drop me an email and I will tell you how to make it.
on to my other favorite food of soy…Tofu…Yummy white creamy stuff you can
also make yourself for just pennies really.
You need to make soy milk and than you need to heat it a bit just like
making cheese. You a little calcium
sulphate-food grade of course or magnesium chloride and it sort of jelles up .
Next pour into a cheese cloth lined mold and wait.
from soy just as easy…need any help just email me.
plan to use soy milk to make soap as well….I will let you all know how it
Ok guys got tons of stuff to do and
Be Blessed and Be Wonderful....
Michael and Shekhinah and all the kids
and critters here on Mahanaim Farm....
Friday, July 27, 2007
July 27 2007
Had a great day to day on the farm,
sold a few chickens, a pair of geese. Less to feed I say...lol
Had a baby goose born and had a goose who just the other day hatched out
four of the little loves. Incase you did not know geese are like
crazy protective over there little ones. So I am keeping my
I have got a blooming ton of quail it seems and
more are due to hatch in the morning...guess I will be busy, worst
things to do I suppose.
Still making and selling soap and plan to sell
to all the National park real soon, so wish me well.
Big hugs for now, got to keep it short it's
soap has become almost a full time job on Mahanaim Farm.
would have thought old world skills could generate a profit.
Making homemade soap how ever profitable is a time consuming job.
Just heating the oil can take well over an hour and must be watched the
whole time. It is hot sweaty
words of advice to anyone thinking of making lye soap:
Use frozen milk or almost frozen other wise the lye make the milk heat up
to quick and it turns brown. It sort
of burns…or even worse curdles the milk causing the soap to weep for days
after it has been made. The milk and
lye should turn orange when you are stirring it, and you can stir it for about
an hour. It is going to get super hot and you than have to wait for it to come
down to the temp of the oil before you can go any further.
Some people use a hand blender to mix the oil into the lye and milk
mixture. That cuts the time down to about 10 to 15 minutes.
If you use a mixer beware that you will have to pour your soap quicker
than if you hand stirred it. It is
only really important if you are pouring mold or adding scent or herbs.
other neat things you may want to know, soap when cured in most cases will turn
white, if you have done everything right.
take soap out of a mold before 24 hours have elapsed it can make a real mess.
your self a good two weeks before you need to do anything will the soap, to cure
it leave it in a well vented area and turn at least once a day.
far as supplies, I use Kosher Vegetable shortening and a blend of other Kosher
oils. The oils change depending on
what type of soap I am making. What
Oil do I always add, Olive oil of course, it gives the soap a creamy consistency
that I like. Keep in Mind I only use
kosher ingredients in my soap, I recommend you do the same, as they are finer
quality most of the time. When
buying thinks to make soap with as well as food to eat always look for the
Orthodox Union seal, a plain K could lead you to an inferior product such as
Dannon Yogurt ( email me at: email@example.com
find out why I do not buy their brand and why it’s Kosher by Name only!)
your own soap is a gat way to be eco kind and show you family that you love them
in a whole new way, so go and make soap already…What you don’t have a
recipe…Well I guesses I can give you one, heck I will even give you one to
make laundry soap and save not only tons of money but again be eco friendly.
So here goes.
get everything together from the list, you don’t want to be wondering around
you kitchen for hours.
pints of near frozen milk-I use goats milk
oz of Red Devil lye-You will need a glass measuring cup for this one as the can
has 16 ozs in it. Do not use lye
with aluminum in it is toxic to every on and every thing and can not be used in
soap making. Make sure you can says:
100% lye on it. Also make sure to
shake it in the can as you do not want clumps in it.
and one half pounds of Kosher Vegetable shortening-This is just under two really
oz of Kosher glycerin-That means it plant based, believe me you wouldn’t want
the other stuff.
tablespoon of Natural Borax-yes they still sell this in the grocery store-Wal-mart
has it for sure.
third cup of honey, any Kosher kind will do, I even have a deal with a local
store to buy the crystallized honey at a cut rate.
Yes it is fine to use and eat, just reheat it in the microwave or the
stove top. Save you bunches there.
is a basic recipe so I am going to tell you how to color it up a bit, you do
this after is had taced.
teaspoon to pound of soap is a good starting place when it comes to adding
powdered herb or such. Cocoa Powder for brown, cayenne pepper for pinkish peach,
turmeric for yellow and paprika for pink. I
use paprika in my strawberry field’s soap.
Do not use food colors or cake decorating colors as you will not get the
colors you want and just end up with a huge mess.
scent my soaps I use extracts and candy maker oils.
A small amount goes along way.
back to making soap…
heat up the Vegetable shortening first; it needs to come up to 90 degrees.
It will be hard and you will end up heating it a bit more than that, so
just take it off the burner and go to the next step while it cools….
done you come this far! Let’s
Get out a stainless
steel or unchipped enamel pot; put your almost frozen milk in.
Next ever so slowly add you lye, stir, stir, stir and keep stirring.
You want this to come down to around 85 degrees or so.
Than you can slowly ad the 90 degree oil to it.
Stir, stir, stir until you see it tracing.
Tracing means to thicken kind of like a loose pudding…when you can stir
it and it sort of leaves a make across the surface… email me if you need to
see a photo.
At this point you can
add your color and scents, and either pour into soap molds or a wet towel lined
cardboard box, you don’t want the soap to be thicker than about 4 or 5 inches
for best results.
Now leave it alone fro
24 hours at least…I mean it, I know you want to go poking your finger in it
but don’t! I promise your messing
with it will not make it dry any faster…lol
Ok so know you have bar
soap, so what can I do other than take a bath or wash up, well you could make
the greatest eco friendly laundry soap the world has ever know and hey it’s
Well or Rain Water-
A third of a bar of
your newly made soap
½ cup washing soda-not
baking soda, they are very different.
½ cup borax powder
A five gallon recyled
bucket-please do not go out and buy one, ask you friends if they have one, go on
Freecycle or ask a painter or drywaller…They throw them away all the time.
A quart of hot water
If your bars of soap
are about regular soap size you can grate down about a third of the bar.
You are going to need
to use the stainless steel or unchipped enamel pot again…
Ok so into the pot you
are going to place around 3 pints of water, if you don’t have a well like us,
use gathered rain water for this soap. It
will act as a fabric softener as well if you do that.
Ok, so back to the
laundry soap. Into the water add the
grated soap to the water stir over medium heat until dissolved.
Now stir in the washing soda and borax.
This will make a bit of a slurry and that’s fine, it’s what we want.
Now pour this into a five gallon bucket and add the hot water…Give it a
good stir. Now if you want it to
have a scent you can add it now about a teaspoon of extract or essential oil is
plenty. Now cover the bucket with a loose fitting piece of used, clean aluminum
foil. Leave it over night and in the
morning you can bottle it up and use it. You
can use plastic milk bottles or old laundry soap containers.
I really like one gallon vinegar bottles, they are just easy to store and
handle at least for me.
Well there you have it,
give a try already! The only thing
you have to lose is the store bought soap.
People ask me what I
most like about my soap, other than the low cost.
I tell them I like being able to make any scent I like and knowing
exactly what is on my soap.
If you would rather not
make your soap and you want soap just let me know I sell our soap for $3.00 a
bar and make many flavors that I know you would like.
Be Blessed and Be
my email has been full of people wanting to know more about how to start being
an eco happy homesteader….so I thought I would tell you al little about what
we have done.
here we go…
decided to see what we could live with out.
decided we could live with out eating out more than once a month; this saves gas
as we live 15 miles from anywhere.
We could live
with out brand new cars…
will at least run on ethanol.
We own a lot
of classic vehicles. -A 1978 Jeep
Wagener that was my dream car.
custom 1988 Cadillac, a 1989 Buick Le saber custom (We are selling this at the
car show this September in Mammoth
Springs as it has fuel injection.)
wonderful 1987 ford retired gas powered U-hal Truck.
brand new furniture…If we want it will build it, buy it used or post for it on
FreeCycle or trade or barter for it.
Trips to the
salon, no store bought hair cuts.
with that no store bought makeup or lotion or chap stick….We make most of
these our selves.
make these our selves and even sell and trade with others.
phones….Gosh the money you can save here is amazing.
We have four
cell phones and went from paying $152.00 a months to a scant $60.00.
Cards-buy it with cash or don’t buy it…
owners insurance and the like (yes I have car insurance).
the cheapest source I could find that did not base you insurance on credit-The
Hartford. $92 per month full
coverage on them.
you want to know about the insurance on you home and how it is a scam email and
I will be happy to tell you all about it.
coffee, I will live with what I find at the grocery store…
magazines-I can read most magazines online for free and save the trees and
lights- We chose to replace all the nasty energy consuming incandescent lights
with thrifty florescent ones.
Cost of 22
florescent light bulbs= around $100.00 with tax in
about $15.00 per month in electric-over all each bulb has a life span of at
least three years
means they will not only last about a hundred times longer than the old bulbs,
but will pay for them selves very quickly.
clothes in warm and hot water….we only wash in cold water now.
bags-buy a Seal-a-meal, for the money you will get more and it is more eco
friendly…plus you can use it to reseal all kinds of bags. You can even
reseal chip bags.
changes we have made in our lives are:
almost ever container we bring home at least twice.
We make our
own eco friendly soap, (this saves fuel and the eco system).
also make our own laundry soap…
free to ask for the recipe…
make one trip to shop instead of many:
We try hard t
o buy locally grown meat, if beef only Angus, it’s grown cleaner and is local.
also raise and eat our own old world sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, geese,
quail, ducks and pigeons.
milk our goats and sheep to make soap, cheese and of course just for milk as
eat our eggs from our free range chickens and ducks.
ever possible we buy local produce or raise our own from heritage or heirloom
this year will be blue, red and
can our produce and also make our own jams, jelly’s and wines when ever
have our own apple tree, pear tree, prisimon tree and a small mulberry tree as
well as a tom of wild Black Raspberries.
we have our own Bay leaf tree and many herb plants.
Sage grows very well here as does basil and mint.
To heat our
home we burn good old fashioned wood…we try hard to gather wood that would
otherwise be wasted, plus it’s free….
have logging horses that help us and we love them and our glad that they have
chosen to share their lives with us.
Freecycle to give away things we don't need that might otherwise go into the
we are looking for a part or an item we need we ask on Freecycle first.
compost all our food waste that the animals don't eat and use only organic
fertilizers on our land.
We raise cute
little bunnies who help us with this…
Well anyway this is
some of what we do…I am sure it gives you an idea or two of your own….
Michael and all the kids and critters here on Mahanaim Farm
What a week...We raise
ducks but bartered for more in hopes of turning over some quick cash. So now we
technically have most of the endangered farm ducks out there. Sadly our van
broke down the day of the swap and we never made it.
Hoping next week will go better I am preparing to make animal treats and
Lye soap to take with me.
The jeep may be back up
and running, we have not tried to drive it yet.
We have dumped a lot into it, but I think in the end it will work out for
the best. Classic cars require work, so what you gonna do?
I found a newer jeep for
$800.00 and have considered buying it. I
could trade the Cadillac for it maybe or even the Buick, it's hard to decide.
Money as always is tight
and we make the best of it all, trying to make things last as long as we can.
We acquired quail a
couple of weeks ago and they seem to be doing very well.
They are Cortinex Quail and lay about 300 eggs a year or so...not to
shabby there, plus they go from hatch to laying in 7 or 8 weeks.
They are tiny but fast and easy to raise, I give them a thumbs up.
You may be asking your self what in the world are these little quail good
for, well I will tell you. You
can hunt them as they get flight feathers faster than bob whites.
You can eat them yourself or sell them to restaurants or even sell them
to a game farm...they go for around $2.00 each at hatch.
You can sell their eggs for .15 each fertile or not (some people eat
them. I saw fresh quail eggs on line
for $9.00 for 6 eggs. I know crazy
but true. They require very little food compared to a chicken and their eggs
hatch at about 17 days. They do not
set eggs well. So it is best to take
their eggs away a few times a day. The biggest problem I can see is that they
are like the size of a bumble bee when born and can drown them selves in nearly
non existent water. Other than that
they are great.
We have a big sportsman
incubator and I am guessing you could do thousands of these eggs at a time if
you had them. I have a small flock
at the moment only 4 hens and two cock. I
ordered another 4 hens and two more cocks but it will be a while on them.
I get between two and three eggs a day from the ones I have (about 18
eggs a week) but it’s a good start. I
figure I will keep a third of each hatch for breading stock. So
with the 12 birds I should get 36 eggs a week.
I plan to buy 6 birds from the breeder ever 2 weeks until I hit 100. With
that I figure I should get 80 eggs a day or better and be fairly well set.
560 eggs a week would give me eggs to pickle for our use as well as sell
and barter goods. I would have
plenty to hatch and plenty to eat. In
theory you could make un- believable money with them if you did it right. One
of our friends in trying to talk us into raising them for slaughter, but in
truth I think that is a lot of work for the return. I
can get $2.00 each at the swap for the little guys with no effort, why would I
want to have to clean them to make a quarter more per bird. You
I have about given up on
hatching chickens for sale, yes there is some money to be made but people are
fickle and the cost of feed high. I
do better with ducks, geese, turkeys and the quail.
I still want to buy Peacocks and hope to have some soon…ducks you can
get $5.00 a chick all day long, geese I get $7.00 each and turkey’s $7.00 and
than of course the $2.00 for the quail. I
plan to get $25.00 for baby peacocks. We
have talked about getting swans in the future. You
can get an incredible $200.00 for each chick or $800.00 per full grown pair. For
now we need to create new and better pens for our bird and get ourselves a bit
Anyway have to go and
make soap so I can afford to become bird rich, lol…
Hey take a look at our
and African grays both are laying in full mode and I have breeding pairs
available of the
for sale. I bought more Turkey Hens
and swapped a tom since mine were being, well
, but not in the nice way. I have
changed my Turkeys feed as well to make sure they have enough protein and such
and have started giving them chicken and duck eggs shells to help with calcium
and the like. I have been at it for
a few days now and hope to have eggs soon. I
think part of the reason that they and the peacocks are not laying maybe the
weather. They need a lot of light to
trigger their laying response, so I am going to keep up on the feed, keep them
penned for now and hope that it will work it’s self out.
bought a Blue Slate hen, a Royal Palm hen and a Bourbon Red Tom.
This week I am picking up a huge Bronze tom. So
I should have a good pool of birds to breed from. I
also ordered some Blue Slate chicks form a friend and a few Royal Palm chicks
for next years run.
Blue Slates are neat because they have been in Mexico for almost 3000 years as a
gifted six turkey eggs, which are currently in the incubator now.
They are a Bronze and Royal Palm Cross, my fingers are crossed as to
weather they hatch or not since she did not know you have to have the pointy
side on the egg down, so they may be dead. Anyway I should know in a few
have to leave the farm for a least a little while today as our eating chicks are
in. We ordered Jumbo Cornish X Rocks. At 6 to 8 weeks these
guys are ready to be dressed out. I think I ordered 50..I guess I will
know in a bit..lol
this upcoming Saturday I have to pick up our new pairs of Cortex Quails .
These quails go from hatch to laying in just six weeks and seem easy to dress
out. we hope to pick up a little side line money and trade with
I have to pick up our new Bronze Tom. Can't wait to see him.
from all this it's a sort of rainy day and I hope to get some of the planting
don a little latter today....and maybe make some soap....
Wow, so on Sunday we drove an hour
and a half away to go to an animals swap up in Birch tree,
. We normally go to the closer one
on Saturday but the weather was not cooperating, on Saturday it was cold and
wet. This makes it hard especially
since our youngest 2 boys go everywhere with us (up we even take them to work,
no daycare for us…).
We had a good time though and if you
ever get a chance stop and visit Birch Tree, its such a nice friendly quite
little country town. The swap is in their downtown park and it free to set up
and free to visit and yes there are restrooms with running water near by..lol
We did very well selling our less
loveable Muscovy Ducks, a few pair of hens and roosters, some geese and a few
pigeons. Some other odd stuff sold as well so we did ok.
It was really fun to hand out with other homesteaders and farmers in such
a nice laid back setting. The park
there is quite lovely and our Rachael and Elijah had a great time playing there
while we worked. All and all we met
some very nice people, got a lead on some new registered Jacob Ewes that are for
sale and may have even found some one to shear my sheep.
The nice lady who should be calling here at anytime is also a member of
the spinner’s guild which I have been invited to join.
I will join I think, but I will have no time to make the meeting sadly,
but it is so important to support groups like the spinners guild because of all
the people they reach out to. They
are the teachers of tomorrow.
and our new little lamb...
help us welcome our little little love Shabbat our newest Jacob Lamb...
Born in the early
hours of the morning...isn't she the cutest little thing..
This is the happy mom Lamb of G-d , we call her
This is Moses the happy dad...
We have other Jacobs
that should be born soon so check back for more photos.
Each one born here
helps save these precious animals from extinction...
We are in the process
of acquiring a few new ewes this year form the registered national herd, they
are a bit pricey so we will be working very hard. So if my posts slow that
will be why...
Goats and a little lamb
Oh my so
many new babies...
Chava's babies... 2 sweet little bucks-both are for sale.
blood La Mamcha/Sire Roy-Full blood Nubian
buck) -Dam-Jubilee Nubian-Alpine Mix/Sire-Roy-Full Nubian March-2007
buck)-Dam-Jubilee Nubian-Alpine Mix/Sire-Roy-Full Nubian March-2007
doe) -Dam-Jubilee Nubian-Alpine Mix/Sire-Roy-Full Nubian March-2007
Some things I just learned
about Sheep and Goats.
As most of the members
already know I raise Jacob Sheep and Dairy Goats.
Where I live here in
where an illness known as Caseous Lymphadenitis is running ramped among most of
the herds out here. The test to
check you’re herd can be costly if even available and most of the time
requires there to be abscesses all ready on the body of your sheep or goat.
In my humble opinion by the
time you see these abscesses it’s already to late as this can be one of the
two forms of this disease. One being
internal abscesses and on visible on the out side of the animal.
I decided a while back to
vaccinate the all of my herds against this disease as it has no known cure at
this time and the most vet prescribed way of treating it is culling the animal
maybe even the whole herd.
Well after waiting weeks and
weeks for the vaccine to get here it finally came.
The Vaccine in made by Colorado Veterinary Products.
It of course says for Sheep…only aghhh.
So I ask the feed store person about this and he says it should be ok. I
roll my eyes go home and of course call the company. I
do find out that there are coming out with a goat vaccine latter this year and
they say it is ok although off label to use this vaccine on goats.
also found out that if your animal be it goat or sheep has this disease in
hiding it will bring it up to the top so to speak. You
will know he said within the first two weeks but for sure by eight weeks if an
animal has it. A cheap fool proof
The cost where I live for
the Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis Bacternin-Toxoid is $8.95 for 10 doses.
He told me there would be no missing the sign of external lesions on
infected animals and because it is a dead vaccine there is no risk of the animal
getting it from the shot.
In the future as I buy new
sheep and goats I will use this and quarantine for a period of two months to
help prevent adding potentially sick animals to my herd.
I do separate and
treat sick animals and maybe close to a break though cure for this
disease…time will tell and I will help anyone who has this in their herd if I
Mahanaim/Golden Dove Gallery
photos of our goats and sheep...
some photos of Chava our sweet little La Mancha milk goat... due to kid very
soon G-d willing...
to learn a
little more about La Machas click here...
are up and running.
on the barn has been done for days. It's solid and should last at least 7
years or so. We used salvaged tin and will thrown some silver roof coat up
as soon as the temp here crawls above 50 degrees for at least a day, (she says
with crossed fingers).
Using the recycled
tin from many sources, including friends, the cost of the special screws (They
are really long, have a hex bit are self sealing and cost us nearly $400.00 for enough
to do the entire barn roof).
have enclosed a photo f the box the screws came in , just incase anyone out
there can benefit from it. We bought these screws at Lowes, beware that in
some places theses are special order and Lowes employees including the manager
at the Lowes in Mountain Home, Arkansas can be very rude and do not like to special
order anything. On top of that they never call to tell you the order is
there. we where lucky and stopped in to Lowes out of the blue ( Lowes is
an hour from where we live) and low and behold they were on the shelf...up our special
ordered screws...So we grabbed them and asked where the rest where and were told
by the front desk they had been picked up. ( rolling my eyes, as this was
news to me). We finally did get the screws after almost an hour of dealing
with Lowes and there insanity.
of the silver roof sealer...another $60.00 bought at a Ozark Salvage Builders
Savage Store in Kosh, Missouri ( one of my favorite stores). We bought 2
five gallon buckets and should even have some left over for other
of the cost was in time, which is always too high...lol
tin roof should give us plenty of time to come up with enough wealth to
pull it all back off and replace every piece of plywood, a truss or two and new
30 year shingles. Believe me when I tell you , your barn can never be too dry.
plan is to make bird houses. They will be made from the scrape we
saved from the roof, and the money from the sales will be set aside for a future
roof. I will list them on the main website and a few auction
sites. I and Michael hope to be able to start making these over the
next month or so.
the animals are nice and dry we have started working on the roof of the main
house. Because the roof is in really crummy shape and we are planning on
building a new house over the next few years we have decided to go over the roof
that is there and to replace the none working roof vents with new ones.
Michael and I gave this a lot of thought and for us the best way to go was
rolled roofing. Mind you this is not the cheapest way to go, but it should
give is a few years to build the new house, so for us its fine. Our cost
per roll is $22.00 and so far we have used 10 rolls and are about have way
done. I have ordered 10 more rolls which should be here sometime Monday.
We had nails left over from doing the roof in Florida so we had that cost
covered, but did have to buy a gallon of roof tar which cost $6.00, we bought
the kind for wet or dry, it's the best way to go. with any luck it should
all be up this next week. I look forward to not having to empty pot and
pans every time it rains, lol.
really big project will be moving the house trailer off of our pasture and to
the back of the little house on the property here. The back part of the
frame is snapped so it will have to be welded back together before we can even
think of moving it. So this means finding some nice welder who wants to
come out to the middle of no where and weld it cheap, so far this has not
happened. We did have some friends offer help...but so far it has not
happened. We are on a dead line for moving it and have less than two months left
to accomplish it. So I hope we actual can do it...
things we have done and our doing....
stocked up on hay and have decided for the most part the round bales which weigh
about 500 pounds each are really the best way to go when dealing with feeding
large amounts of sheep, goats and horses. These large bales are what they call
orchard grass and can cost anywhere from $20.00 on up. It's really just a
mix of grasses and in general is good fodder. I also bought a bunch
of square bales as well to add a little flavor to their lives. Some alfalfa
which is one of the favorites of our loving loyal animals though it is very
costly the second cut which has the best nutrition will run you at least $6.00 a
bale, most of the time I pay closer to $8.00. I only feed it as a supplement
for that reason. We also buy bermuda grass and a really cool blue
grass as well as clover in the small square bales. Square bales weigh
about 45 to 70 pounds depending about how tight they are packed and at a cost of
between $2.50 to $6.00 per bale are reasonably priced for what you get. When
using square bales I can go through a good three bales a day, plus the grain we
feed. Just to let you know my houses eat at least a bale of the small
bales day and thus the reason for the bigger bales. Each sheep or goat
gets at least a flake of hay a day. For anyone out there that does not
know, when you break open a bale of hay it breaks up in to flakes almost on its
have stocked up on gain which is really hard to do, since they can eat you out
of house and home if you let them. Our goats and sheep each eat about
three pounds of grain a day even with the hay. The horses eat about twice that.
We use a poultry grain with millo in it as well as mixing it with sweet grain...
no pelts kind and a cup of either wild bird seed or sunflower seeds each
day. So on average we go threw about 50 to 75 pounds a day.
has been a long time since I have posted here...boy have so many things
is now home.
to follow soon.
that we have had goats born and sadly had goats die.
Well it's been a bit busy here...We had a
possum get into the hen coop and kill off 22 of our birds. From this we
learned you can never be to careful and to check for holes all of the time.
Apparently a possum can get through a hole the size of three of your fingers.
This being said our coop has been rebuilt and redesigned to avoid future
problems. We recommend using a wire with squares less than half an inch
square, that way you are covered against the possums, raccoons, and snakes.
Lesson for the chickens well learned...However once we had this done and thought
we had it all took care of we found out that the possum being persistent got
into my turkey pen and got two of our 3 month old turkey pullets. The darn
thing ate my Spanish back and my blue slate pullets...boy was I hot. Come
to find out they dug under the turkey pen and just pulled the turkeys out.
so we now have extra heavy rocks on the inside and outside of all the pens.
Besides this we have gotten a barn dog to chase any unwanted critters out and
keep them out.
The dogs name is Eagle and he was a rescue animal here in Arkansas, one our our
horse shoe clients saved him from death and now we have given him a long term
home. He does a great job so we hope we got this all figured out now, but
welcome any advice from anyone out there who has survived this type of crisis.
We have had over 20 baby chickens hatch over
the last few days, we have a grand total of 7 baby ducks to hatch from our pair
of ducks so far, so we are making progress on that front. Around 25 or so
eggs should hatch from the sportsmen incubator this next week and another 25
from our old foam one, so I think we will be all right. No turkey eggs
have hatched or seem to be fertile...not sure why, but we are working on it.
The goats are getting full and should have
their babies some time over the next two weeks.
Our baby black shoulder peacock chicks are
ready for us to pick up, and we bought a miniature horse this week. I
think we will pick up the horse next month some time. She might make it
here to the farm the same week as Élan our new draft horse makes it here.
Still have to put up the fence...lol Oh well I guess we will get it done.
We have an endless flow of fresh tomatoes
now in a full range of colors. It's pretty neat...though it is really hard
to tell when the white ones are ripe...lol We have green peppers almost
every day and cucumbers as well...We picked some green beans but I am not
pleased with them and will replant them this week.
Well have to go and get bean plants in the
ground and shoe horses so big hugs to you all out there from Michael, myself and
all the kids and critters here on Mahanaim Farm ....
A photo of our ducks Abraham and Sara
Campbell Ducks originated in England. They are a great dual purpose duck and are
excellent egg layers. Khaki Campbell drakes have a green or bluish green bil,
greenish-bronze heads and backs with the remainder of the plumage being a shade
of khaki tan. Adult weight is about 4 1/2 lbs. for both the drake and the hen
Ours do lay an egg almost ever day. We
hatched our first two babies out a few days ago and we have a four or so
hatching today. I will post there cute little photos soon.
Our plan is to keep any baby hens and to eat
the drakes and if we have more than we can use we will sell ducklings.
There is a good market here for baby ducks with prices starting at $5.00 each.
Not to shabby for our little $12.00 investment.
On a sadder note the female pheasant died
last night...She will be greatly missed and had to replace.
The garden is doing well. I
planted cantaloupe, yellow summer squash, yellow cucumbers and some more
tomatoes before it got to hot to work out there. I hope to get the silver
queen corn in the ground today and a few more tomatoes.
We did get the cabinet incubator set up and
stabilized so I can set the first eggs in it tomorrow. It turns out it
holds 72 eggs in each tray and there are 3 trays so we can hatch 216 egg in it
at a time...WOW! I know I could hardly believe it myself. So I will
have the cabinet one and three Styrofoam ones all running at the same time.
I plan to set 36 eggs or so tomorrow. My plan is to set eggs every
two days, which works out to almost two dozen or so every two days...It will
take a short forever to fill the cabinet incubator for the first time but that's
the way it is. From there I plan to remove eggs from the cabinet incubator
when the are about 4 days from hatching. From there I will set them in the
Styrofoam incubator to hatch and replace those eggs with fresh ones so that the
incubator should stay pretty full. anyway that's the plan.
Well off I go to set up new brooders for the
eggs that hatch today.
Hugs to you all from Michael, myself and all
the kids and critters here on Mahanaim Farm....
June is upon us and life is really slamming...
week I am proud to report that we have harvested our first red potatoes for the
season as well as a few green peppers and a scant few yellows.
hatched more chicks and have learned to look more carefully at the eggs before
we write on them...lol
hatched two very sweet little baby chickens out of "duck eggs"...so
near as we can tell there is one chicken laying in the duck box...lol
was very surprised when the kids came in and told be we had a baby chick and
more so to see it come from an egg clearly labeled duck.
label all our eggs in pencil with what they are as well as when I set them and
due date...it saves you a ton of trouble normally ( she says rolling her
traded horseshoeing for a new to us cabinet incubator with trays turners forced
air…the works…Along with that, the guy gave us two commercial brooders,
about ten or so quail cages and stands and two Styrofoam incubators. So in
the next month we should be hatching out whole bunches of ducks, turkeys and
we need to build more pens outside. So our work is never done.
finally got the special screws for the roof, no thanks to Lowe's. I ‘ll
tell you what dealing with Lowe's here in Arkansas is like being part of a three
ring circus against your will. So two weeks and $300.00 dollars later I
have the screws so Michael can finish putting the tin up…Wet barn no
more…Believe me I am thrilled…
see what else can I tell you all about…we knocked out a wall to rebuild under
out big back porch and it looks like we may be able to save the porch, but we
have to completely rebuild the wall…a job for next week some time.
have more tomatoes to go into the ground, corn is started and more peppers and
beans too …plus a bunch of other stuff.
we will have our first four horn (Jacob's sheep) Ram...A beautiful animal who I
hope with father a great herd for us. We are hoping that L.O.G (The
orphaned Lamb we raised...) will like him.
He has four horns which are variegated in color.
His wool looks top end and I think I can put a bit of size on him by fall.
He is just 7 months old and ready for a good romp with the ewes….
It’s funny really we are saving him from going to a
private hunting club…Yes some big dummy out there was will to spend around a
thousand dollars or better to hunt the little guy because he has long spiral
horns. I know it’s a strange world out there. I myself could think
of a lot better ways t o spend my money.
We also acquired what we believe to be a Golden Guernsey
Goat…She is in full milk and quite stunning…apparently these goats are a
Anglo-Nubian cross so she is a good size and well proportioned. She has
the most wonderful long red hair ( says the woman as she rubs her hands
ready to spin more wool) and needs a little doctoring as she seem to have
a slight eye infection in her left eye…but I think we can get it all cleared
I have to send an email with her photo to see if we can pull papers for her and
set her up on a breeding program, my fingers are crossed on this one as she may
be one of the rarest of the rare…
So we have done well this week…shoeing horses, buying
goats and sheep , acquiring the new incubator and we were even gifted 2 fertile
duck eggs for our new incubator one is white and one is blue...so who knows what
will hatch for those ( we will let you know...lol).
Oh and last but not least our 7 month old son Elijah has a
official tooth count of 8…yup count them 8 teeth, two on the bottom and 6 on
Dah’veed was gifted a brand new violin from two of our
friends and is playing up a storm and goes back to lessons in July some time…
Our oldest Isaiah has got his first real job as a farm
helper and is doing great…
Our daughter Rachael is just hanging out being a bum…
So we are off to work now…not going to the swap
today...just going to shoe horses, work in the garden and relax…Big Hugs to
you all and the very best wishes from all Michael, I and all the kids and
critters on Mahanaim Farm....
Well we are still
here, just been busy...
Our first baby ducks
hatch today...Photos to follow of course.
We have learned
tons about sheep and goats as well as our ducks.
This week our first
new fences should go up allowing us to move the four horn sheep to a separate
We hope to start
selling eggs and our home grown produce in the town square within the next week
or so...and that's about it...
We are now homesteaders (some what self
sufficient self maintaining family farm) so the money we earn are money in many
ways. all we earn goes to preserve our little farm and our way of life for
ourselves and our children. We have four children, 30 plus chickens, goats, dogs
a herd of cats and a bunch of wild life that comes in for free food.
Our chickens (male and female) roam free
during the day at night we put them up to bed with all the love any parent
would. We say a blessing over them to G-d for the joy they have brought to our
lives as well as eggs and meat. They are spoiled well fed and overly loved. In
our current flock all of our birds are healthy and happy and they are great
We have a full incubator; all of our
little darlings look great as we have been candling them every few days.
We are selling our extra eggs, just click here on the chickens to get there....
If you raise chickens, ducks, geese,
turkeys, emu or any other sort of birds found on or near a farm and you want to
swap eggs with me just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and place eggs in the into the subject box....
We have moved and are now living in Arkansas
. We have taken up homesteading here on top of a small mountain and could
not be happier.
We have decided to use this part of the site
as a daily ( I hope) sort of record of what we do and learn. If your
reading this and are a homesteader yourself, drop us an email we would love to
hear from you, if your thinking about being one drop us a line as well .
We Michael and I, the kids and the dad of the
oldest two kids bought the farm really sort of sight unseen.
We were tying to buy a convenience
store/gas station outside of Hot Springs Arkansas, but the lady well sort of was
dishonest about her books. So as the days drug on, and I do mean drug
about six months of days... ( rolling my eyes ).
this point I decided to check out what
else was out there, and started surfing the web.
We had already had the money from the refi
of the Florida house sitting in the bank and knew what we could pay in cash for
a place. so I searched I came up with quite a few places that every one in
the family thought were nice and than this one. When I saw it I knew I
wanted it, that I wanted to live here.
The land was over 6 acres...Thought that was
plenty to start with as I and Michael had long since read "Five Acres And
Independence" by M.G. Kains. We have quite the collection of
homesteading, animal rearing, plant growing, green building and off grid living
books, including the "Fox Fire" Books ( boy are they hard to find
anymore). In truth we have a better library than most cities...One truck
of our move was almost all books, some 60 boxes and I think I still have more
sitting in Florida...lol ( she says shaking her head )
Anyway back to the property...
long with the six plus acres we saw a huge barn,
two houses and a storage building that was the size of my kitchen, living room
and dinning room in Florida. We also saw that the place was a huge mess
and stuff was still laying about the place....canning jars and all sorts of
There was a few other small building here but we
did not see them till we got here.
We were using a realtor in Arkansas, which was a
lot of work and trust. I asked her to take more photo's of the place, fuse
boxes where the well was, ( as the pump had been taken by one of the family
members of the owner...tell you more about that latter). The basement
which till we got here we did not understand the photo's. We had her take
photo's of the kitchen as well...
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