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Goat Yoga at the reLuxe Ranch?

Apparently "goat yoga" is now a thing.  When baby goats are learning to jump and balance, they like to test their skills by standing on and jumping off things. At our place, they use the milk stand, a bucket full... Continue Reading →

Nursery School for Farmers Market Vendors

This year I decided to apply for my nursery permit so I could sell perennial plants at the farmers markets.  There wasn't a whole lot of information online about the inspection process other than contact info and fees. Since some... Continue Reading →

Duck Paddock Paradise

Back in January, I laid out my plan for permanent duck paddocks in my Homestead Wish List.  I didn't put a date on completion because I wanted to perfect my art of duck paddock-making so I could duplicate the process for my... Continue Reading →

Good BeeHavior

Honey bees are incredible.  They are so industrious, organized, and community oriented. Even after two days of travel by post, refreshed by a few squirts of sugar water, they will happily make themselves at home in the human equivalent of a... Continue Reading →

On Being a Farmer

For our first two years of "hardcore" homesteading, here at the reLuxe Ranch, I resisted calling myself a farmer. In my mind, farmers drove combines and raised monocrops. They used pesticides and herbicides and focused on NPK.  Farmers sold bulk... Continue Reading →

Pigtures

I stole this blog title from Matt (my significant other).  He used that name when he forwarded me two pictures of the pigs that he took earlier in the week. And that made me want to take my own pictures... Continue Reading →

Are Local Farmers Markets Really Local? A Call to Market!

This week we had our farmers market inspection. The agricultural extension agent for our county came to our property to confirm that we are growing everything we plan to sell on our vendor application.  Since we are not a traditional farm,... Continue Reading →

Homestead Review -3/6 to 3/31

It's been a bit of a roller coaster weather-wise this year. I planted some things ahead of schedule because soil temperatures were right for germination and I didn't want to miss our cool growing period in case we went straight... Continue Reading →

Chicken Winner and Chicken Dinner

Sunday was slaughter day.  I hatched out six eggs from our hens on September 28.  I raised those chickens in the greenhouse to add warmth overwinter. I expected that a few of the hatchlings would be layers for our flock and a... Continue Reading →

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