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In celebration of the Farmall 140

Blog: Origins Farm   -   Friday April 19, 2013   -   By Alistar

In 1973, a little red tractor died. It was a sign of the times. President Richard Nixon told the Associated Press “…people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”; The OPEC oil embargo began; Elvis and Priscilla...

Pinky Too!

Blog: Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce   -   Tuesday March 13, 2012   -   By Jeff

It's amazing what a chiropractor can do for a sore back! I have not been to a chiropractor for many years, but I finally went today and got an adjustment. Dr. Rice in DeKalb, Illinois fixed me right up. He had me feeling better soon after I got on the table....

Just In Time To Beat the Snow

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Sunday December 13, 2009   -   By Chris

A couple of weeks back we had about what seemed to be non-stop rain for days on end.  The farm had become a mud pit.  Almost like Spring, but without the flowers, grass, and other plants popping up and sucking up the excess water.  So...we had...

Some (Re)Assembly Required

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Wednesday November 25, 2009   -   By Chris

A while back I was stuck in the mud with my Farmall Cub tractor.  I was furiously running the throttle up and down, back and forth trying to get enough momentum to break free and get the tractor moving forward instead of downward into the mud.  I...

Cedar Posts, Part 2

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Wednesday November 18, 2009   -   By Chris

Just got word today from a wood-cutter friend several towns over that he has 76 more cedar logs for us.  Perfect timing for some of my upcoming building projects.  I was starting to use up the first load with all the fencing that we put up in our...

Moving Pigs, Our Second Encounter

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Monday July 27, 2009   -   By Chris

Last week, or sometime thereabouts, we had to load three of our hogs onto the trailer in order to take them to be processed.  As readers will recall, our first experience loading pigs, while perhaps comical, took WAY TOO LONG!  This time we had it...

Moving Cattle -- A Photographic Essay

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Wednesday July 15, 2009   -   By Chris

Here are many of the long-awaited photos of our multi-day adventure in cattle moving. My Dad helped lend a hand to add higher sides to the trailer.  We used 2 x 6 dimensional lumber and affixed it all with lag screws and carriage (how...

Moving to the New Pasture

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Saturday July 11, 2009   -   By Chris

We acquired a "new to us" trailer that will work out perfectly for hauling hogs and our cattle, as well as myriad other things (kids, pumpkins, hay, wood). Our plan is to move two of the cattle to the new pasture this afternoon.  If all...

Old-Timey Shots

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Thursday July 02, 2009   -   By Chris

You'd almost think that this photo was taken 60 years ago.  Anyhow, Erica snapped this on Monday afternoon in the midst of my fence work on the new pasture.  Stunning looking machine, eh?  I got to drive it down the road about 1/2...

A Day Out with the Tractor (What Mud?)

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Thursday July 02, 2009   -   By Chris

It all started when we decided it was time to claim the firewood we'd stacked from cutting down some trees last summer.  It was time to haul it up to the front of the yard nearer the house so that my dad has something to do when he visits (He's a...

Growing Up and Expansion

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Monday June 29, 2009   -   By Chris

There is so much to do that sometimes we don't take time to notice how large some of our animals are getting, especially as they transtition from little babies.  Remember those hogs that we used to till up our gardens, orchard, and bramble patch?  We...

Fresh Chicken

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Monday June 15, 2009   -   By Chris

As CSA pick-up approaches, we decided to see where our meat chickens are at size-wise.  We prepared two of them, one of the larger sized ones and one of the smaller sized one this weekend.  We are looking at meat birds in the 5-6 pound range on...

Charging All Batteries

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Tuesday May 19, 2009   -   By Chris

So it appears that the one-wire alternator on my Farmall Cub works. This afternoon found me tinkering with the tractor for an hour or so.  Removing the tire chains so we can drive on the roads again, greasing up all the fittings, adding a much needed...

Tractor in Haiku

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Saturday April 25, 2009   -   By Chris

A poem explaining the ongoing (non)runnings of my farm tractor. Magneto defunt; Enter the distributor. Purrs like a kitten.

It's Alive! Or, My Tractor is Working Again

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Saturday April 04, 2009   -   By Chris

After several long and stressful months of changing spark plugs, ignition wires, and magneto caps, my Farmall Cub is up and running again!  I was able to get Leon, owner of Reliable Tractor Repair in Lebanon, CT, to come over and correct the incorrect...

In Pieces

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Saturday March 21, 2009   -   By Chris

I came in to look for the camera to take some photos of the little project that I am immersed in right now.  The tractor is in many more pieces than it should be. I have the exhaust off, the manifold nuts came off like they were brand new.  I am...

It's (Another) Snow Day

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Monday March 02, 2009   -   By Chris

It's another snow day here in New England.  We have about 8-10 inches with another few on the way.  Luckily, I spent some time working on the tractor yesterday.  It's a 1963 Farmall Cub, by the way. Last month, I ordered a plow extension...

Progress On the Farm...Before and After Shots

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Friday January 30, 2009   -   By Chris

So here are some photos of our farm just before we moved in.  These were taken by my wife and our friend Jeff, who checked out the farm when it was for sale.  These photos (actually, mention of the barn!) was all it took to convince me to buy the...

It's a snow day

Blog: Hurricane Farm   -   Wednesday January 28, 2009   -   By Chris

It's been a rather snowy winter thus far, and we are loving it!  I finally figured out the most efficient way to plow snow.  What I mean by that is I have finally figured out how to do it and move the snow only once.  The first few times I moved...

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