Jack & Jill: our two 5 year old Great Pyrenees, are very gentle and loving...most of the time, but sometimes they are shy about unfamiliar people entering their acre. They are not house dogs, but working farm dogs performing their duty, which they take very seriously. Other animals, including dogs, are viewed as a threat, so you cannot bring your dog into their acre to "play" with J&J. They protect their acre, are free thinkers and can take down a bear working together if they needed to. We will always enter the acre with you. It is best to enter with us and pay J&J no attention. Give them a chance to get used to you, then they will usually come to you to be loved on. Please don't be offended if they don't approach you, nothing against you, just their mood for the day. They are very good farm dogs and love kids, but again....need to take it slow. We have never seen any signs of aggression or biting towards people. We all just need to understand the breeds qualities. You will see some beautiful, strong, smart dogs at work! Thank you for understanding!
This is our motto so far this summer...although I saw another that i liked too: When you are tired, take a rest, don't quit! Summer is soooo busy, but so rewarding too! Full of color, new life, time sensitive challenges (which I still mess up!...timing is everything!) We get very tired, but at the same time, resolved to make our little farm the best it can be. So many projects to complete, so many daily chores to keep up, so many schedules to meet. Progress, not perfection! We hope as you visit our farm this year, you will see progress and be happy for us. Two city born kids taking on nature...some days winning, a lot of days losing, but everyday enjoying the journey and loving each other and life!
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!
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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