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by Jennifer Sartell So I know that tomatoes aren’t in season right now, but we are getting ready to plant 3 trays of heirloom tomato seedlings and my freezer still looks like this… and this… and this… And my egg baskets look like this… and this… Our tomato plants went NUTS last year. We planted […]Read more »
by Melissa Caughey of Tilly’s Nest If you are a gardener like me, your mailbox is beginning to fill with mail order catalogs. Each year, in addition to the perennial gardens, and the fruits and vegetables that we grow, we always plant things just for the chickens. A chicken garden does not need to be fancy nor […]Read more »
by Jennifer Sartell The seed catalogs are filtering in. Like beacons of color in the monotone winter world. I feel like Dorothy in black and white Kansas, getting Technicolor post cards from Oz. “Wish you were here! ~ signed, Mayor of Munchkin City.” And while I can’t “heel-click” my way to spring, it is nice […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Fall has arrived at 1840 Farm. The temperatures are becoming cooler each evening. The daylight hours decrease each day. Dusk is settling in earlier with every day that passes on the calendar. I find it more difficult to embrace fall and the resulting winter season each year. I understand that the purpose […]Read more »
What does a DIY composter have to do with raising chickens? Well, if you have chickens, you have chicken manure … and if you’re a gardener (like me) this unlimited supply of manure can provide you with an endless supply of the world’s best organic fertilizer! In fact, out of the fluffy backside of an average-sized […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols Last year I was asked by the Master Gardener chapter that I’m a member of to do Power Point presentation on backyard chickens. Since I’m more of a gardener than a farmer, I thought I would not only share the whys and hows of basic chicken keeping, but also how a gardener […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke If you read the Community Chickens e-newsletter on a weekly basis, you’ve probably seen the great collection of posts that discuss gardening with your chickens. Fellow contributor Rebecca Nickols wrote a four-part series that includes a wealth of information regarding the subject. I have enjoyed reading the other contributors’ accounts of their […]Read more »
by Jennifer BurckeI grew up celebrating Independence Day with sparklers and barbecue. I lived in Kansas then and we didn’t really need an excuse to eat barbecue. We viewed a warm weather holiday as an opportunity and seized it. Fourth of July parades and celebrations seemed to be as ubiquitous as sunshine on a summer […]Read more »
by Rebecca Nickols When I’m not at my paying job, as a nurse, I’m usually outside working on the planters, wreaths and living-roof birdhouses we sell at our local farmers’ market. My seven free range chickens not only provide me with the freshest best tasting eggs available, they also provide an endless supply of live […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Three generations of my family call 1840 Farm home. While we sometimes have differing views on a variety of topics, this month we’re all in agreement when it comes to the excitement that is waiting right around the corner. In fact, the date April 30, 2012, is circled on the calendar in […]Read more »