A Week in Farm Photos June 15th - 21st

This week heralded the beginning of summer, and here in Virginia the heat and humidity blew in with a vengeance, reminding us Yankees once again why we belong back in New England! I scrambled to harvest some veggies and herbs before the sun baked everything towards the end of the week and we feasted on fresh garlic, peas, carrots, beets and spinach, plus the first of our blackberries and homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream. 

We hatched two brand new chicks, but sadly a third didn't make it after struggling for several days. She had endured a long, arduous hatch and just couldn't recover. We had named her Clover, so I buried her in a patch of pink clover under our willow tree. Such is life on a farm: The highest of highs and the lowest of lows. But through it all, we are reminded on a daily basis why we live out in the country. Enjoy a peek at our week.

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  1. i was wondering what you think about elderberries.i mean feeding them to chickens .?on one site someone said they are toxic .in abook i read that they are fed to chickens.what do you think?i have them growing wild at my place.

    1. I was just reading up on them for use by humans actually and the leaves, stems and raw berries are all toxic. I believe only the flowers and cooked berries are edible by humans. I wouldn't chance it. I would cook the berries if you are going to feed them to the chickens. If you have them growing wild tho you should make my elderberry cold syrup. I take it year round for immune system health. It's so easy to make and especially in the winter I do think it keeps you healthy.

  2. I am very new to the chicken world and am learning sooooo much from your site. Thank you! ;-)

  3. Love all of these farm photos! Your veggie (or fruit?) seed plantings are looking great :)