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By erinhildreth75@msn.com on 6/24/2013 10:56 AM
June 24, 2013 Garden Update

 

Right now it is raining, it seems like it has been raining on and off for days. What a completely opposite year from summer 2012 we are having. We were in a full-blown drought last year and I was concerned when our grounds started to get dry and harden. I was so thankful for the rain a few days ago but now I really want it to pass so I can get out there and continue planting and working the fields. When I woke up this morning I found a wet Chris relaxing on the couch with a cup of coffee. He had gotten up in the wee morning hours before the rain started and planted the rest of the cantaloupe, watermelon and zucchini I had been working on getting in the ground before the first rains started on Friday morning.  What a trooper. I love him and his work ethic.

So as of right now, we have an Asian cabbage in the ground called Bilko Cabbage.  The flea beetles love it and are creating an interesting sort of lacey pattern on the leaves that looks pretty but is not beneficial...
By erinhildreth75@msn.com on 6/2/2013 11:13 AM
Chris and I can’t believe we are in the month of June already. The kids are excited because that means only 2 more days of school left. May flew by for us. Maybe it was because it was a whirlwind month of new experiences on this new life path or maybe it was just because we have 4 jobs, 4 children, 2 dogs – one who is “expecting”, 34 chickens, 11 Guinea Hens, a house, laundry, end of school and 10.5 acres to tend to. Yes, we are crazy. Thankfully, Chris and I no longer have 4 jobs between the 2 of us. Chris accepted and started a position as GM and Food Director at Wesley Willows Retirement Community (praise the LORD) while he was still working his last 2 weeks at Chili’s. My teaching job ended for the summer in late May and I have been taking some time off from waiting tables to focus more on the farm/children/chickens/etc.  Life continues to keep us plenty busy.

 Our baby chickens are days away from moving into the coop with our full grown hens. Chickens flock together and do not like to mix with other...
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CSA or Community Supported Agriculture is a way for consumers to buy seasonal food directly from a local farmer. Through a CSA, consumers have access to fresher, more vitamin rich foods compared with similar fare from a supermarket. Additionally, CSA consumers tend to be exposed to more varieties of fruits and vegetables.