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Posted 10/14/2018 6:41pm by Lettuce Boy Farm.

It has been a long time since I have posted anything in our blog or sent an email.  This year has been one of change for me and the family.  Our daily life is very different in some ways.  The changes, however, have been good for us.  You probably have figured out the biggest one already.  

We no long grow veggies. (at least for now) We no longer attend farmers markets either.  Why?  My mom Paula has been asked this alot when she visits the Ada market.  It’s simple: I was getting burned out and we just weren't getting enough money in return to make it worth all the hard work and long summer hours.  That is the simple truth.  I enjoyed it and I still miss it from time to time, but I have also enjoyed the extra energy I've had to invest into other things in my life.  

We do, however, still have chickens, both in the freezers and in the fields laying wonderful, delightful eggs.  Over the course of this summer, we have raised and butchered meat chickens as well as increasing the size of our flock to meet the demand.  I love raising chickens as well as the amazing meat and eggs they provide us with.  A key difference for me between the birds and veggies is the work flow.  Whereas veggies require a frenzied 7-8 months, chickens give me a steady rhythm over the entire year.  Not to mention producing eggs every day of that year!  

The most recent change happened when I bought 231 Farms.  It is a non-GMO feed delivery business serving back-yard flock owners, homesteaders, and other small farmers.  My hope is that this business will be an additional income stream, but more flexible than a traditional job so I can continue to grow the farm through the chicken and egg business.  And seeing as I know a bit about feeding chickens and other livestock, it dovetails nicely with the knowledge base I already possess!  

Our hope is that these changes will enable us to continue to farm and provide awesome food in a more sustainable way.  I talk about being a good steward of the land, soil, and animals, but had not been a good steward of myself.  Going forward, I intend to do a better job of that!  

Be Blessed!

 

Posted 1/8/2017 8:24pm by Lettuce Boy Farm.

It's that time of year again.  Time to finish planning for this year and get the first of my seed orders in.

It is also an exciting time for me.  I look over all the seed catalogs (I get a lot!) thinking about what new things I could try growing this season or perhaps a new variety of something that I already grow.  I am always looking for the varieties that will have the best flavor and eating quality, but also varieties that will thrive in our soil, weather, and growing systems.  How do I find crops that meet these standards?  Trial and error!  Every year I (attempt) to test at least a handful of new things.  I will grow them in small quantities and then observe, make notes and taste test to see if it’s something that I will want to trial again or perhaps even add it to our crop plan.

The chickens are enjoying themselves in their 'hoop-coop' and the new hens have really started laying!  We are feeding them a non-GMO feed, whole grains grown here on the farm and past-prime squash, which they love. 

I have received a few questions about the conditions in the hoop-coop verses being in the field.  In weather like we have been having this week, the hens don't wander out of their coop much, but we do vent it during the day and we maintain a deep bedding system that the hens keep turning over in their quest for those morsels of grain they must have missed!  The scratching action keeps their manure well mixed with the bedding.  The carbon in the bedding captures the ammonia from their manure that causes the nasty smell.  It is actually quite pleasant.  In good weather, they spend most of their time running around outside, digging up the compost pile and everything else looking for worms, bugs and whatever else they can get their beaks on.

The inklings of spring will be here before we know it!

Know your Food, Know your Farmer.

Jonathan

 

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