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!
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
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 »