Earth Day was yesterday and it was a beautiful Day! Actually a beautiful weekend to honor our Mother Earth. I should of been home working....plenty to do on the farm, but I took the weekend off to welcome Spring. I hostessed at Dunham Massie for the Historic Va Garden Tour Saturday and attended a Tree/Plant Walk at North Anna Battlefield Park with Jessica Keeler on Sunday. Really...it was a weekend of training in a way. I am focusing on identification this year and the only way to get competent at identifying is to get out there. I am planning on another Tree/Plant Walk on May 5th. Here is the info on these amazing walks....you might want to catch one too! So amazing how everything we need the Earth provides...we just got to know what to do with it! Let me know...you can ride with me. Be Well!
It has been a challenging week at C.A. & J. Farm. We have our issues like everyone, but we usually hum along pretty well, handling the bad things and focusing on the good. This week has one of THOSE weeks! We had 11 two week old ducklings until this black snake ate one. You can see the bulge in the snake's belly! Ugh! C.A. found him in the duckling's small coop and took care of the problem. We went out later that night looking for more...so far no snake relative's have been seen. Thank God!
These little Khaki Campbell Ducklings were terrified when a black snake got into their coop. The Adult Ducks were in the adjoining coop....they haven't laid any eggs in days! Seems cold for snakes, but they are out there! Be aware!
Now to the BAD DOGS part of this post...Jack & Jill have always been very happy living on their acre...never trying to get out the gate, until now. A red hound dog has been hanging around and I think, asking them to come play. Well, they ran out the gate Tuesday when I was bringing in the feed wagon. They have always minded well...sitting, staying, coming...a little freedom changed that. Getting out made their ears not work. I grabbed at them, they promptly slipped both their collars, which were humanely too loose. I chased them around for a while, terrified they might get to the main road, where I have seen dogs smashed regularly. I finally gave up and sat in the driveway crying. I guess they were keeping an eye on me and didn't like my despair, because they both ran up to me. I saw my chance...grabbing a handful of hair on each one's back and decided to be the proverbial snapping turtle....not letting go until it thunders. There was no thunder in the forecast. After much whining and angst, I guided them back to their acre. Thankfully no one was hurt...maybe a little back hair pulled out, but I figure they earned that. They will have to earn my trust back too. Bad dogs...I love them sooo much!
Our first workshop of 2018 is this Saturday, March 17. These workshops are a way of us sharing in an organized way some of the knowledge we have accumulated during our time on this wondrous planet! Each monthly workshop is different and includes information on numerous healthy topics as well as a monthly focus. This months focus is Rosemary. This herb will surprise and fascinate you! All of the Workshop details and dates are listed on the Farm Calendar. Sign up now with the Eventbrite link on the Farm Calendar. Click on it and it will let you select which date you are interested in attending. We will be gathering by the Bonfire pit before going into the Potting Shed for class. Join us!
ps-due to all the storms, cold weather and rain the farm is a mess, but please enjoy it anyway. Each time you return it will look better.....I promise! :)
I feel so blessed at this time of my life where I can work with what I love and believe in! During my adult life I have mostly worked in offices, then decided recently to create my own business working with what I love...Herbs and Essential Oils. I believe in them... the earth gives us everything we need for a lovely, healthy life and after much research I found Young Living Essential Oils. They are the best, in my opinion...taking what the earth offers and creating a pure, powerful product. The Herbs and Oils are an important part of our total health program. Our total health program consist of mindful/healthy eating, exercise, adequate rest and peaceful thoughts. I wish this for you too! We like to share what we have found useful...stop by the farm soon...Let's talk!
I hope you can relate...i hate to think I am the only one who cannot seem to stick to my schedule! When we closed the farm for the winter in December...i compiled a huge list of items to accomplish before Spring 2018. Well....Spring is staring me in the face with so much of my list still un-done! I don't know how to explain it....we have worked hard all Winter. Have we been slackers, No....Have we been lazy, NO...Have we lost our minds, Maybe! :) There is just so much to do daily to keep a farm running healthy and happy....hard to fit in extra projects. Well....we will just have to keep working after the Farm opens to the Public March 15th. You will see improvements every time you stop by. Please stop by often! Be Well!
2017 has been an exhaustingly, wonderful year! We opened to the public in April and it has been a whirlwind of activity ever since. We so appreciate the support and friendship that everyone has shown us as we strive to share our little farm with you! We hope you have enjoyed the year as much as we have. Our workshops have been increasing in attendance every month and our first big event was amazing! We are busy creating a larger area we can hold workshops and planting beds of herbs for you to explore. This super cold weather has us scrambling to protect the animals and plants on the farm. We hope it will not be this cold all winter! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Be well and safe...see you soon!
Sincere thanks from C.A. and Jean Howard of C.A. & J. Farm for your support of our first big Event: “Full Moon on the Farm” last weekend! We raised $170 and a big pile of food for the Humane Society! We met so many nice people! Thanks to our “Farm Family” who worked so hard; Good Life Kitchen; Higher Ground Acoustics-Lori & David; Prevention Services; R.O.S.E. Farm; Dayspring Farm; Mathews Ruritans; Humane Society; PEG Solar; Gretchen Brown; Jeremy Nardozzi; Funky Lights Flow Team; Jessica Keeler-Yumi Unique Designs and LaRaine Etheridge Murray, I Comb to You. What an amazing group of new Friends! Thank you for helping us on our journey, please let us know if we can help you in yours!
We were so happy with our first big event and so appreciate the community support of our little farm. We learned a lot and our next event will be even better! Be Well!
Time: Early Saturday Morn....Sometimes we think it is best to start the day slow...but you know, even when I am tired, I feel my best when I start the day with purpose. I was dragging this morning after a very busy week, but a good friend, texted me and ask if she could come by early to purchase some farm items. It was wonderful to start my day talking to a like minded friend and she helped me jump-start my day! I hope I can help YOU find more purpose and ideas to "jump-start" your healthy Lifestyle choices!
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Our little farm IS "Life Close to Nature". Using Herbs, Young Living Essential Oils, Livestock Guardian Dogs, Poultry, self-sustaining gardens and Solar Power...we strive to live simply and naturally as Senior Homesteaders. Proving you don't have to be a "Young'un" to live life to it's fullest! Not always easy or pretty...it is all good! Never give up, never surrender, is our daily battle cry! Working hard and ever learning...we somehow make it all work on very little money, a few tears and never enough sleep!
Life is good,..Life is natural!
1997 CA&J Farm
Mathews County, Virginia