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Winter work

Blog: Walkers Fresh Veggies   -   Monday December 29, 2014   -   By Mark & Carolyn

The day after Christmas I was able to finish up my fall plowing!  What a change from last year -- I have 21 of our 26 acres chisel plowed this year. I use a tool bar with five heavy spring shanks spaced around 16 inches apart,  with wide sweeps and...


Farm Tour Bloopers

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Thursday July 17, 2014   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

You’ve seen bloopers at the end of videos or TV programs—those scrambled up or misspoken scenes that were edited out of the film.  Usually, the actors burst out laughing at themselves in the ensuing pandemonium.  But life, unlike film, doesn’t...

Spring time in NE Washington State

Blog: Clayton Farmers' Market and Small Farm Animals   -   Thursday May 22, 2014   -   By Janice

We were contacted last week about weaner pigs - we did raise hogs for over 40 years; however, we no longer have hogs on our farm.  Our long time friends about 50 miles north of us still raise pigs - they were contacted and were willing to sell weaners to...

Happy New Year! from Walkers Fresh Veggies

Blog: Walkers Fresh Veggies   -   Monday December 31, 2012   -   By Mark & Carolyn

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year from Mark & Carolyn Walker! Walkers Fresh Veggies Farm News: We have most of our seeds for 2013 ordered – we are also ordering 100 new flats with 188 cells each to use for starting kale, kohlrabi, collards,...


A Good Pot of Soup

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Friday December 07, 2012   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

There is something to be said for the practice of using every part of the animal.  Native American tribes found value in pelts, bones, sinew, or feathers, as well as meat.  Historically, farmers have also been thrifty with harvested...

Thanksgiving Newsletter!

Blog: Walkers Fresh Veggies   -   Monday November 19, 2012   -   By Mark & Carolyn

What a season!  We started out in March way too warm. The warm dry start allowed us to get some very early crops in and growing well. On the downside though, in early April it turned cold again and allour fruit trees were in full bloom a month early due...


The Grand Molt

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Saturday November 03, 2012   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

It has a way of creeping up on you.  Maybe not for the barnyard fowl so much, but at least for their caretaker.  First, the days grow noticeably shorter.  Then the egg production slackens.  Certainly, laying eggs is correlated with...

The Beauty of Fall

Blog: Windswept Farms of Kentucky   -   Thursday October 11, 2012   -   By Joseph & Gwen

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Old Time Farm Talk

Blog: North Star Homestead Farms, LLC   -   Monday August 06, 2012   -   By Ann, Laura, and Kara

Every occupation has its own specific vocabulary.  Spinners ply, millers brew, carpenters plumb, and social media enthusiasts tweet.  Farming certainly has its own slew of specific vocabulary—like the complex system of names for the genders and...

Our new weapon has arrived - DUCKS!

Blog: Stevens Family Farm   -   Sunday July 01, 2012   -   By Carol

Once upon a time, I loved grasshoppers.  That is, grasshoppers that would show up by the pairs, and hop around for a few days, and leave as suddenly as they appeared. I no longer like grasshoppers.  With the absence of a hard freeze in two years,...

March heat wave Update!

Blog: Walkers Fresh Veggies   -   Thursday March 22, 2012   -   By Mark & Carolyn

Walkers Fresh Veggies CSA -- UPDATE Hi Everyone, This weather sure is crazy. I now have been over all the ground with the disc., have chisel plowed all the heavy ground. The field across the road has been moldboard plowed and disced twice. ...

Finding Our Dream Farm

Blog: Holmestead Farm   -   Monday February 13, 2012   -   By Marshall and Becky

I think there is a dream in each of us that we would like to see come true.  For Marshall and I it was to someday own a farm.  In  2007 we had sold our home in a subdivision just before the housing market went down so we were ready to purchase...


Catie & the Weasel

Blog: Moonshine Farm Organics   -   Sunday January 29, 2012   -   By Catie

         There was quite a stir when I went to the hen house the oher day  all the chicks and the cowardly rooster named Earle were all up on the rafters  and  there were  2 dead chickens ...


Welcome Rain!

Blog: Good Earth Farmers   -   Saturday January 21, 2012   -   By Stephen

Great crashes of thunder and blasts of lightning woke us early this morning. Tall Cedar's old farmhouse shook with the thunder, but the sound of rain on our metal roof was reassuring. It's been a dry winter and we know the soil welcomes the rain. In...

An Unlikely Pair

Blog: HoneyBear Ranch   -   Friday January 13, 2012   -   By Phil and Sandy

I've always been told that cows and horses can't be friends.  I'm here to tell you that just isn't true! We were given a Paint filly at the tender age of 4 months. We named her Maggie Mae. Her mother died during the horrible heat and...

January Newsletter

Blog: Walkers Fresh Veggies   -   Tuesday January 03, 2012   -   By Mark & Carolyn

We have placed our orders for seeds and greenhouse supplies and have received most of what we ordered. On back order is our bean seed (enough to plant 2 acres) and red cabbage seed, early girl tomatoes & early sweet corn. These should arrive before we need...


Ready for a bath?

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Sunday December 25, 2011   -   By Mary

The ducks and geese just don't know what to do with ice. They want a bath and try to dive into their frozen pond, but for whatever reason these days, the water is as hard as ice.  We dump out the ice and pour in water, and they enjoy it a lot.  But...

Truck got stuck in the snow today

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Saturday December 24, 2011   -   By Mary

Truck the rooster got stuck in a snowdrift while out on an adventure today. He wanted to get to the other side, walked right in until he was stuck up to his belly. We went to rescue him, but before we could some persistent flapping got him free and he managed...

Say hi to Truck

Blog: At Home in Nature   -   Sunday December 11, 2011   -   By Mary

We let our birds wander freely on our farm, but most of them decide to stay at home in the pen. Truck likes the pen a lot, but also likes his daily walks. When you visit our farm, you'll be greeted by Truck the rooster. If you're a dog, kitty, coyote or a...

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