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After I retired I wanted to stay busy on our farm. My almost 30 year career was in the hunting & fishing industry, so raising the birds I had hunted for years was a natural for me. Being married to my best friend, wife & help mate is all I could ask for. My wife of 34 years and I love living on our farm and doing the chores it takes to maintain it. We are living a wonderful slow life in our retirement. Our grand daughter is such joy. Having a big garden to feed us, raising bees for honey, loving our pets and no debt. I feel blessed to have enjoyed this country living and sustaining our family through growing our food and simple ways my whole life. I am happy to see others across this great country deciding to live instead of just collecting more. A less-stress farm life is making us very happy. *******************************************************

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Signs of Spring

We have been good and busy on the farm lately.  We finally have our gardens ready for planting. All composted and rowed.  (We have planted peas and spinach already). We have 2 garden plots totaling about 5000 sq feet. One is for our family and giving food to others.  The other is for Farmers Markets sales. Mostly garlic, asparagus and herbs. We planted 20 additional blueberry bushes and 6 more apple & pear trees.  I just visited our neighbor on the next farm over from us.  I always enjoy their goats.

I was driving around our property just checking things out and noticed a flock of maybe 100+ Redwing Blackbirds eating in a cut field. . Always good to see them migrate in.

One of my favorite things is just sitting on our front porch early in the morning with a cup of coffee and watch the birds, deer and turkey. Very relaxing and makes this old man feel blessed to have always lived this farm life.  It's already time for incubating our bobwhite quail eggs.  We will sit a few thousand in about 10 days.  That is about a month earlier than last year, but there is such a demand from us we need the extra birds. Better get the brooder barns cleaned up and disinfected soon.