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Summer is here!

After a very cold April and a very, very wet May, June has come and it is green, green, green here at our BLESSED CREEK FARM on the high plains of northeastern Colorado. Last week we took in chickens, turkeys, and pigs for round one of processing; round two will be this fall and will include beef, lamb, more poultry and pork. 

We are expecting our next litter of piglets in a month, and our jersey cow is in milk having calved two weeks ago.  Spring lambs have been weaned, milk goats have been dried off for the year, and our hens are laying 5 dozen eggs a day!

Pigs, pigs, pigs!

We are SOLD OUT of CHICKENS and RABBITS until late May 2014, and are SOLD OUT of DUCKS, GUINEAS, TURKEYS until Nov 2014.
Limited beef, lamb and pork still available.


Pigs, pigs, pigs!  This time of year (winter) our sows are birthing piglets that will be ready for pig roasts during the Memorial Day to Labor Day summer event season!  There are very few farmers in our area raising pigs on grass.  There are even fewer farmers raising heritage breed pigs.  Ever try to buy a whole hog for a pig roast?

Christmas on the Farm

As Christmas approaches, I am convinced more than ever that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.  The past 6 months, since my husband's unexpected death on June 2, 2013, have been a season of great sadness, yet also the overwhelming promise of the Cross of Jesus, and therefore eternity in the presence of the one true God, the Creator of the universe, and each of us.  Without this hope, surely I would be an alcoholic, since my life as a farm wife and mother to many is a daily struggle to trust in the God I serve, for wisdom and guidance in every decision large and small.

Thankful for A Blessed Life Despite Life's Challenges

It has been a long summer and fall since I posted any blog entries.  I am now getting 'back in the saddle again'.  It has been a sad 6 months since our beloved husband and father, Cary Neal McMinn, died suddenly and unexpectedly of heart failure on June 2, 2013. We have finally found our 'new normal' and are back to living full lives every day, doing what needs to be done, and also spending time doing what we like to do. Though we remain sorrowful, we continue to thank our great God for how good and gracious He has been during our great loss, as He has comforted us, provided for our needs, and beyond.

Our first Family Homestead Day!

Well, we were over-the-top busy this month (no wonder I didn't have time to blog lately!)  We hosted and led CHEC's first FAMILY HOMESTEAD DAY last Saturday May 18 here on BLESSED CREEK FARM.  Now that I caught up on my sleep this week, here's the news!
 
We had many of our fall HOMESTEAD BOOTCAMP alumni request a venue for their younger children to attend. You have to be 13 y.o. to attend the BOOTCAMP with your parent(s). These workshop 'centers' were a 'light' version, with simpler skils taught, and each center only 45 minutes long.

Indoor Chores

Well, with more snow last night, no outdoor chores are getting accomplished today.  Zane and Cary are up at the shop fabricating detail sections for some of our outdoor projects, cleaning and reorganizing workbenches, and even put new axles and related parts on Zane's car.  Indoor days force us to do things we have been putting off, because we would rather be outside!
 
As for me, taxes submitted and refunded; computer work caught up; bills paid last week.  Destiny had thankfully cleaned out the two house refrigerators last week, and ironed for me, so, what was left to do?

Earthworms!

If you are a gardener, you know earthworms are a sign of a healthy soil ecosystem. If you are a fisherman, you known they help catch fish.  If you are kids, you know they can break in half and still wiggle!  One of my favorite signs of spring is to see robins hopping around the garden after a rain shower, pecking at the ground, and grabbing a fat earthworm to devour.
 
Earthworms improve soil by aerating it, leaving behind their castings to enrich the soil, serve as food for birds, and work as fishbait!

Indoor Gardening

With yet another snowstorm yesterday that left a couple inches on the ground (yay! moisture!) and a strong wind blowing today, no gardening was happening outside.  Yesterday I caught up on paperwork and paid bills, so today I got to have some fun.  The younger kids completed their schoolwork before lunch, so headed to town with Cary this afternoon for a load of lumber (he called and said they barely made it on the icy/slushy roads) and to collect the geese and turkeys being given to us by our wonderful friend Dana.

Plants and Poultry in the Greenhouse

Now that the greenhouse is weather-tight, we can start using it for a variety of things.  Since our new aquaculture won't be installed until after the last possible frost date of May 21, we can use that space for housing some adult poultry which need to be moved out of the poultry barn for our growing chick population - we get the next round of guinea and turkey chicks in a few weeks.
 
Saturday late afternoon I had put up temporary shelves in the greenhouse over the 4 north garden beds between the trusses, and set-out larger plastic and peat pots into which I will transplant my seedlings.

Spring Saturday Satisfaction

After a good night's sleep following a date in town with my hubby, I rose early and set out granola, blueberries, and fresh milk for everyone to eat when they got up.  Typically I fix a hot breakfast and get everyone up to start the day together.  We have been so busy lately, a lazy morning was in order.  I had my bowl of breakfast, along with 2 cups of hot coffee and fresh cream, and headed outside to start a long day of outdoor chores - my favorite way to spend Saturdays in the Spring.
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