A Week in Farm Photos May 24th - 30th

May 30, 2015

This week it was nice to just relax at home and do some gardening in preparation for the filming of a segment of Permaculture Chickens here on our farm next month. Between my trip to Little Rock earlier this month to attend P. Allen Smith's garden blogger event at Moss Mountain Farm and heading to Indianapolis next week to film an episode of the new chicken reality show Coop Dreams (which will air on Destination America starting this July), it was good to not have any commitments this past week. It's been a busy (and exciting) month, but as they say, there's no place like home. Enjoy these photos of our gardens!

What's the Average Lifespan of a Backyard Chicken?

The backyard chicken movement really seemed to gain some serious steam around 2008-2009, meaning that many of you (hopefully!) now have flocks consisting of chickens that are getting on in years.

Spice Up your Chicken Keeping for Better Flock Health

May 27, 2015

Since ancient times, man has been using spices as a seasoning for food. But spices do far more than just ramp up the flavor quotient in foods, they also deliver a dose of healthy benefits for both animals and people. So why not add some spice to your chickens' diet ?

A Week in Photos from my #ARStory Road Trip through Arkansas May 14th - 16th

May 23, 2015

Last week I was offered the fantastic opportunity to tour North Central Arkansas courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism as part of their #ARStory Road Trip promotion. Jan from Two Women and a Hoe and I were provided a car, itinerary and map - and set loose for three days to explore Arkansas and share our photos and adventures to help promote Arkansas tourism. I hope we did the state proud! Enjoy some of the photos from our trip! (Oh and as an aside, if you ever decide to visit Arkansas, do NOT throw out the paper map thinking its so 2005 and you'll just use your cell phone GPS to navigate....just a travel tip we learned the hard way.)

What Does Free Range Really Mean? Decoding Egg Carton Labels

May 19, 2015

Most likely when you hear someone talking about free-range chickens, you picture a flock of hens happily roaming a grassy pasture searching for bugs and weeds. You might even refer to your own chickens as 'free-range' even though they are confined inside your fenced-in backyard. Either way, those are some darn happy chickens! 

But when it comes to egg carton labeling, the array of terms can make your head spin. "Free-range", "Cage free", "Pasture raised" and then there's "Organic", "Vegetarian-fed" and "Hormone-free". Hopefully you don't have to rely on store bought eggs, but in case you do, let me help you decode exactly what each term means on that egg carton you see in the display case.

A Week in Photos from P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm - May 10th to 16th

May 16, 2015

This past week I had the privilege of returning to P. Allen Smith's Moss Mountain Farm and attending the Garden Bloggers event. I spent three days with the cream of the crop of garden and landscape design bloggers - reconnecting with old friends and making new ones - listening to speakers talk about garden trends, learning about the latest in innovative garden products and eating farm fresh local fare. Oh and flower crowns, there were fresh flower crowns! Enjoy these photos from the farm.

Can I Feed Potatoes to my Chickens?

May 12, 2015

Did you know that despite sharing a name and often being prepared in similar ways, white potatoes and sweet potatoes aren't actually even related? They belong to two separate families, and as such, the simple question 'Can I feed my chickens potatoes?' doesn't have a simple answer.

A Week in Farm Photos May 3rd - 9th

May 9, 2015

Spring is in full bloom here in Virginia. It's my favorite time of year. The summer humidity hasn't moved in yet and the damp winter chill is gone. I spent the week working with some new sponsors to bring you information on some new, exciting natural chicken keeping products, and tried to enjoy being outside as much as possible. Enjoy this peek at my week!

How and When to Harvest Herbs

May 5, 2015

One of the many nice things about herbs is that, unlike fruits and vegetables that ripen and are harvested once, if you snip and trim your herb plants, they will continue to produce all throughout the growing season. In fact, they do far better with regular trimmings to stop them from becoming too 'leggy' and flowering.

A Week in Farm Photos - April 26th - May 2nd

May 2, 2015

Another week spent working on final edits for my book - hopefully in a week or so I'll be able to share some details and maybe even the cover with you! - and watching our baby ducklings grow up. Egg production is in full swing and it's another beautiful spring in Virginia.
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