The Farm in Pictures 2015

by Charlotte Walker

With a new year around the corner, and a beautiful full moon shining in the sky, I started to look back on our first year (first 3/4 year technically) and write about our experiences. But I am so far behind on writing about our activities, I figured I would let photos tell the story.

So much has happened, so many lessons have been learned.  It’s been a tremendous experience. We have ourselves a working farm!

We hope you enjoy this little glimpse into our journey so far.

This photo marks our eighth month on the farm

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Autumn

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Greenhouse, quail house and chicken coop in the background. The pigs mowed down and tilled the entire pasture (160 x 160ft, or 25,000 SQ FT)

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This was what the pasture looked like before the pigs got started

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Sweet little Berkshire weaners (June 15)

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Fully grown, 200lb   (Nov 15)

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Young Coturnix Quail

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Slaughtering our pigs was sad and hard, and so it should be.

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Pigs who have pasture and space will keep their sleeping quarters immaculate. Ours slept cuddled up to one another

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A little ear scratch was welcomed but I learned to be very mindful of the pigs, they tested boundaries on occasion

 

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The garden had eight varieties of tomatoes. The green striped “Zebra” tomato is my all time favorite

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This was a great year for squash. We had hundreds of pounds of zucchini

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A garden expansion is being planned out for spring

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Sweet heirloom carrots

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The pantry almost filled. About 25 recipes in all

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Rosehips for Jam (a lot of work!)

 

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Harvest was bountiful, the kitchen was a canning factory for weeks

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Plenty of vertical growing

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We foraged and brought home thousands of apples

 

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This is the chicken coop built by Ryan and my Dad

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Baby Welsummer Rooster – June 05

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Welsummer Rooster, King of the Flock – Dec 15

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Fresh eggs, still waiting on the blue eggs from the Ameraucana’s

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12 HP/7.5kw, 1000rpm Lister-type Diesel generator.

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12 x 4v Solar batteries (48v system.)  Made in Canada.

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Outback power inverter.  NOT made in Australia.

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7.5 kw of Solar Panels

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