Tag Archive: Farming


I love these cork oak trees!

The latest issue of The Free Weekly is out today, so grab a copy and check out what we’ve learned about sustainable flooring options.  We decided on cork for our earthbag home, but as always, research and exposure to new information could change our minds over time.

In Portugal, cork oak trees are harvested every nine years, helping to protect the man-made forests with profits from the sale of corks and cork flooring, employing about 60,000 workers, and sustaining habitat for native species.  How cool a floor is that, which can do all those things?  Here’s a video about harvesting cork from trees without harming them!

“…the environmental issues, the social issues, and the economic issues are in good balance, and it all starts with harvesting the cork itself.” – Carlos de Jesus, Director of Marketing, APCOR

Celebrating the Harvest in Community

Yesterday, I participated in my fellowship’s tradition of Bread Communion, when everyone brings a loaf of bread to pass around in baskets during the service.  Each person takes a piece of bread, and together the congregation reflects on gratitude for each other and nature’s gifts. View full article »

On Wednesday night, I made my first rain barrel for our future homestead and garden!

I got four decent photos before my camera battery died.  But I’ll be painting our barrel in the coming year and taking photos of it’s progress into it’s new home once we’ve built the earthbag house and started a new garden.  How exciting to be building towards this dream, no matter what!  Every week brings something new to Ripples, whether it’s a full-length mirror for our handmade bathroom, an old stool to be decoupaged with animal photos (more on that later!) or from this week, a rain barrel!  Next week might even contain a bathroom sink, we’ll see :) View full article »

Blissful are the days we hear goats’ bleating on the wind.

Ripples went on yet another field trip to bring you the experience of raising goats.  Since we’re not keeping goats ourselves yet, and still trying to decide which animals would be the best fit for us on our homestead, we’ve been visiting friends with animals and learning from them.  View full article »

We said good-bye to our two baby chicks last Saturday after watching them grow for two weeks.

The cuddly one.

Thanks again to Green Fork Farms, we successfully completed the educational “chick rental” program so that I could learn how to raise chickens! It was only a couple weeks, but gave us hands-on experience with chicks that helped us make the decision to raise chickens on our homestead in the future. It was fun hearing peeping in our bathroom while the chicks were staying with us. I cleaned their water, feeder, freshened their bedding of pine shavings, kept the brooder’s temperature constant, and helped them practice perching and stretching their wings. Here are the picks from the last week with the chicks as they grew quite a bit larger!

Getting rid of aphids in the vegetable garden. View full article »

I love cilantro, and love growing it even more!

Here’s a look at the cilantro I bought at the Farmer’s Market last Saturday. Already it’s growing big! We harvested some of it to add to a mint sauce for dipping vegetarian Indian samosas, YUM! View full article »

Get your chicks from Green Fork Farm!

Green Fork Farm

Pigs!

I know there are many admirable farms within our communities in Northwest Arkansas, but this year something special is happening at Green Fork Farm! Families are able to rent baby chicks for two weeks, all materials included, in order to experience the fun and challenge of learning to raise chickens.   Cheri LaRue, the farmer of Green Fork Farm, gives each family the support and materials needed to successfully care for these chicks. View full article »

Little green seedlings are emerging from the dirt already!

As they get bigger, I want to keep a photo record of them here to track their growth and admire them :) They’re really cute and I’m happy that we may have peas this year! View full article »