Category Archives: Homesteading

Moving to the land

(Written in early July, shortly after moving to my summer tent home in the Michigan woods. I’m home now, so there’ll be fresh content soon, once I’ve set up the oncoming semester, and dug out from piles of laundry, leaf … Continue reading

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We’re not there….

…but Farmlet life is going on without us, as it does. Today marks the midpoint of my time away from our little home, and of course, there’s been lots of action, sent to us in notes and photos from our … Continue reading

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Radio Silence

Well, it seems clear that between my teaching and my more-than-full-time job here, there won’t be much blog action this summer. I promise to return with all your favorite farm animals in late August. I’ll be sleeping in a tent, … Continue reading

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REALLY local food.

As I dash headlong toward my upcoming departure for another summer in the Michigan woods, I am so grateful for all the wonderful food we’ve been enjoying this spring. Case in point: this morning’s breakfast, almost totally grown/made right here … Continue reading

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Bee Charmers

Last year, local friends of ours convinced us to join them in beekeeping class at the county extension office*. And, as is our usual pattern of being NOT QUITE READY for new critters before we actually get them, right as … Continue reading

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A little self back-patting

I have to say, I’m really happy now about our choice of heritage Blue American rabbits, for our tiny rabbitry. Not only did we have a super successful round of mating (finally)…but after posting on CL, we sold HALF the … Continue reading

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On endings and beginnings

(This blog post is dedicated to the sisterwives. You know who you are.) This is always a bittersweet time of year here at the farmlet. While everything is bursting into fruitful life, I am, as I have for 20 years, … Continue reading

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Morning on the farmlet.

“In the springtime, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” ~Margaret Atwood Continue reading

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Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemons

There hasn’t been a recipe here for a bit, what with all the life going on…but today’s the day. Herein please find the recipe for the best roast chicken you ever had in your life. Now, I realize this is … Continue reading

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Rabbits on Pasture

Today, the Small Buns are officially pastured rabbits, having made the transition from tiny alien newborns to weaned youngsters. It seems astonishing and not really possible that they’re already five weeks old.

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