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The Rabbit & Chicken House

The Rabbit & Chicken House

We currently have about twenty chickens including two roosters and two broody hens that cannot be deterred from setting. Since for the past several years we’ve had the unique circumstance of urban acreage, there have been no predators aside from the occasional raptor from which to protect them. They simply roam free and roost in the rafters of […]

Pruning Time

Pruning Time

The next time we haul a load up to the property and get any work time in, it will be spring, so this trip was my last opportunity to prune the trees and vines before they begin to bud out. The property has endured many years of neglect, and opportunistic ivy and blackberry brambles have consumed most […]

Trouble with Free-Range Chickens (A Comedy of Errors)

Trouble with Free-Range Chickens (A Comedy of Errors)

When we moved to our home in California, it was our first place with land. I had grown up with chickens and even showed bantam Brahmas and Buff Orpingtons in 4-H, so a nice little laying flock was our first purchase. We chose Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, and Sex Links– all fairly standard selections. We […]

Double Yolks and Wind Eggs

Double Yolks and Wind Eggs

Among these four chicken eggs are three yolks. Can you guess how many each contains? Double-yolk eggs are said to occur once in about 1,000 eggs laid. I’ve found many of these elongated monstrosities over many years of collecting eggs, and there remains a certain excitement to discovering one, from spotting the enormous shell to making bets on […]

Morning

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Why We Pursue Homesteading

Why We Pursue Homesteading

My best friend from childhood recently reentered my life, the girl I climbed trees, built forts, did crafts and discovered the world with. We were like sisters, our friendship extending beyond the reaches of my memory. As teenagers, though, life interrupted and we inexplicably lost touch. Now, a decade later, we’re rekindling a friendship that […]

Dairy Sheep

Dairy Sheep

After giving serious consideration to factoring one or more milk goats into our homestead operation, and chatting with a friend about the thought, my inclination is now leaning in a different direction, one so often overlooked: dairy sheep. The idea might seem strange to Americans, although sheep milk is produced abundantly around the world and […]

The Pleasure and Utility of Goats

The Pleasure and Utility of Goats

I’ve had goats for all but short periods of my life. On the farm where I was raised, we had pygmies, which I must admit I am not fond of: noisy, cantankerous, and quite useless except for show, in my experience (please do correct me if I’m missing something!). When I was ten or eleven, […]

The Things I’ll Miss

The Things I’ll Miss

I’ll miss decadent clusters of lemon blossoms and their lulling sweet scent. … It’s easier, as we prepare to move, to value the positives of this place, where we’ve subsisted as rather bitter foreigners for the past few years. Our differences with the people here, with the land, with the weather, are great. But we’ve […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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