Once again the goal of the farm is to provide clean food in all ways possible..
We hatched and raised-butchered over 2016
- 17 Quail
- 15 ducks
- 15 chickens
- 1 turkey
- 37 rabbits
- 13 lambs or yearling sheep
- 2 pigs (big pigs)
We harvested eggs from
Milk and Milk products that come from said milk.
I can not tell it like it is. I still prefer sheep milk over goat..
Soft Fruits and Hard Fruits
I am hedging on a few things, based on how many jars I put up of this and that, because I didn’t get everything weighted this year.. but my rough guess is 450 pounds.
- high bush cranberries
- black currents
- Red currents
- White Currents
- Clove Currents
- Blue Berry
It was a very poor year and with the numbers I do have we did between
1600 to 1800 pounds
That includes farm forage as well as planted foods and we would not have this at all if not for potato’s and sunchokes and buckets worth of tomato’s. and beets, lets not forget the beets.. they did not bad..
This puts me well behind what I normally produce.. but that is what happens when you don’t produce at least a thousand pounds worth of squash and pumpkin!
Out of what was produced as always I figure a min of 25 percent becomes animal fodder.. so that means around 1200 pounds worth of useable people food.
We invested 485 dollars into seeds, plants and new fruit tree’s in 2016
We harvested just Shy of 2000 pounds worth of meat in one form or another..
Extras harvested over 2016 off the farm, herbs, flowers, fire wood, compost, worms, fly larva for the fowl, mushrooms.
We brought a lovely beef calf and are raising him up till next year.. We raised three kittens, adopted one more and were “gifted” two more for a total of six new farm cats.. the purr pride of 2016 are strong, healthy, colorful, sweet and sassy.. all the boys are fixed and we are slowly but surely getting the females done as they age into it.
Brandy Girl Crossed over.. in late fall.. she is missed daily.
Caleb truly did not like being a herd of one and we began looking for a new horse for the farm.. We were pleased to add in Bo just shy of Christmas 🙂
The farm is gearing up in this cold part of winter, many big an getting bigger bellies growing next years crop, breeding pairs, trio’s and little herds are all set up.. garden plans and prep is done.. soon enough, the grow lights will not be for microgreens but for seed starting 🙂
12 years we have been at our little farm and we have learned as one season ends, so another begins…