- Get Our Free Newsletter!
- For more than 130 years, GRIT has helped its readers live more prosperously and happily while emphasizing the importance of community and a rural lifestyle tradition.
- Subscribe Today!
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author It’s official. Spring has finally arrived here at 1840 Farm. It’s about time that the winter that wouldn’t end finally ended. We do live in New England, so I am always hesitant to audibly declare that we have made it through another winter. Believe me when I tell you […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author This Easter will be the very first at 1840 Farm to include eggs from our own hens. Somehow, coloring these eggs seems a little extra special and worthy of a celebration. This year, a grocery store egg dyeing kit just won’t do. Luckily, we’ve been making our own egg […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Photos by author Fried eggs, broiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, boiled eggs, Eggs Benedict, omelet, deviled eggs, egg salad. I could go on, but I’m quite sure that I’ve had my moment. You know the one. The one where I become my own version of Bubba from the movie Forrest Gump. […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke During the last few months, I have found myself in a chicken conundrum. After tending to the needs of our seven chicks all week, they force me to do the unthinkable. I shudder to tell you of my poultry-keeping horror. This terrible deed requires me to gather my inner strength and do […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke I’ve officially crossed over to crazy chicken lady status. How do I know? Easy. I found myself standing at the stove this morning chopping apples and cooking oatmeal for the seven chickens who live at 1840 Farm. What has become of me? It’s been dreadfully cold here in the past week. So […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke “Now is the winter of our discontent.” So begins Richard III by William Shakespeare. No, I won’t turn this into a post about iambic pentameter. However, I will tell you that here at 1840 Farm, the year 2011 began in much the same way as Shakespeare’s epic masterpiece. We are deep in […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke We are deep in the holiday groove here at 1840 Farm. For weeks, the trees have been lit and decorated. Cookies have been baked and eaten. Handmade gifts have been unwrapped from under the tree. Christmas is behind us and New Year’s is staring us square in the face. The chicken coop […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke Come closer, Dear Reader. I have a confession to make. I am about to tell you my deepest, darkest chicken-keeping secret. You already know that I raise chickens. What you don’t know is that I don’t eat chicken. No, I don’t mean that I don’t eat chickens that I raise. I mean […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It’s moving day here at 1840 Farm. No, not for the humans or even the miniature schnauzer. The chickens are on the move. That’s right, our little chicken babies are all grown up. Well, maybe not all grown up, but they’re ready to take a giant leap in that direction. They arrived […]Read more »
by Jennifer Burcke It was an idea that seemed simple enough. We would build a chicken coop next to our existing barn and add a few chickens to 1840 Farm. How hard could it be? As it turned out, incredibly hard. First we needed to decide what kind of structure to build. Chicken ark? Chicken […]Read more »