🖤 The Devils Fork at Riverwood Farm 🖤 Our 1st Annual Halloween Chili Cook-Off Bonfire will be held Oct 27th! All of our friends (kiddos and pets are included) are invited. Bring your tent or camper & stay the night. We encourage guitars, harmonicas & such. Bring your chili if you want to throw down the gauntlet, however don’t be too hasty with your assurance of chili victory...I’ll be making my world famous Deer Chili. We are SUPER stoked to carry on a tradition that was held at my parents home for 30 years, and we want to preserve & continue to share that same love, fellowship and happiness!!! We hope to see you then!! P.S. Scaredy cats sleep under The Devils Fork #blackandwhite#monster#icantfreakinwaitforhalloween#riverwoodfarmtn#friendsandfamily#tnfarm#smallfarm#community#lovelocal901#halloween
Happy Thursday from this little pair! Aren’t they darling! I’ve never had a Serama hen quite like her and this little guy is coming into his full roosterhood......umm is that even a word? Have a beautiful day everyone! ❤️🐓
Is it just me or are cows born to be models?⠀
Photo credit @alexismolzahn_
"all my cow dreams came true this weekend 🤩 we stopped by state fair and i left with a even bigger list of future cow plans. •••⠀
for those that have cows or have worked with them, what breed do you recommend?! cows will be the biggest purchase for the farm and we want to make sure we’ve got enough knowledge about the breeds before choosing. (as of right now we want dual purpose cows). we both don’t come from a farming family, so this is new to us! we’ve been trying to do a lot of research & asking questions.⠀
we’ve got our eyes on Scottish highlands and dexters but definitely want to hear from experienced farmers!"⠀
Aw shucks, would ya’ look at that? Grass finished rib steaks, bone in always and forever. Not a kernel of grain. Not a cup of silage. This steer, four years old, a heritage breed mix of Canadienne and Red Poll, was born, raised, and harvested on our farm. If I could, I would give you all a bite and then we would just sit there chewing with our eyes closed. 💕🙂
No posts from us in awhile, we've very much had on our hands full with old house renovations, moving a farm, and finishing out the season. 🙃 looking forward to sharing more of our journey! P.S the winter squash are in! (Our American Gothic photo by @caratotmanphotography)
Tricked out the Shademobile yesterday with some bright, shiny, hawk-deterring pie pans on the corners. I also added a mason’s mud tub above the wheels as an easy alternative to more elaborate shelves. I can carry a week’s feed, extra grit and calcium and other items into the pasture now with each flock— I just have to build three more of these! My foreman, Lemonade, supervised and signed off on all the labor. She’s employee of the month!
My desire to cover the farm in caterpillar tunnels every winter is real.
My goal is to cover a whole plot by next year (so I would need three 100’ers). Then I want to cover a second plot (just for winter, of course). Then a third.
Eventually, the world.
Il y a quelques semaines, j’ai été contactée par une journaliste pour une nouvelle émission de télé sur M6 visant à suivre des gens ayant complètement changé de vie, laquelle souhaitait me suivre dans mon parcours agricole...
Moi qui d’ordinaire fonctionne énormément à l’instinct avec des prises de décision assez rapides (ce qui ne veut pas dire que je ne doute pas ensuite ni que je ne me trompe jamais!), j’étais incapable cette fois de me prononcer... J’ai donc fait appel à vous, sur Instagram pour récolter vos avis et conseils, qui furent précieux, dans un sens comme dans l'autre!
Un des arguments clefs évoqué et qui m’a presque fait accepter était celui de l’opportunité unique de faire du prosélytisme auprès d’un public a priori non acquis au regard de la situation écologique actuelle et de mettre en avant la démarche environnementale globale de Born to Be Wild. En face, j’avais toutefois la peur que les images finalement diffusées ne soient pas alignées avec mes propres valeurs.
La réponse, je l’ai finalement trouvée par hasard, en écoutant le premier épisode du podcast Akimbo, recommandé par @_nouvelleecole . Dans cet épisode intitulé “the Grand Opening”, la réflexion tourne en gros autour de "est-il préférable de faire rapidement parler de soi et de faire le buzz auprès du grand public ou, au contraire, de rechercher à atteindre de quelque chose de plus complexe, de plus subtil qui importe réellement auprès d’une communauté progressivement grandissante mais finalement convaincue et à son tour vecteur de mon message ?".
J’ai donc fait mon choix.
Merci à tous d’avoir pris le temps de me répondre et de voter, cela a énormément compté pour moi!
This is my Uncle TR. I shared this on fb and loved the responses. When I shared those oh-so-sweet comments with him, well to say it made his day would be an understatement.
So share your comments for him, if you read his story here, & I'll share with him... to make his day... again.
Uncle TR is the hardest working 86 year old I know. He still cuts his own firewood to heat his old drafty farmhouse. He maintains his homestead himself. Sure, he could go live in the city, let the electric company provide his heat, and let someone else mow the grass. But this is home, here in the rolling hills of WV. Here he can walk the same floorboards he walked as a teen, when he dreamed of a better life.
Once upon a time, he did move to the city. He worked shift work, made sure his kids had a much better education than his own, sat beside his wife when she lost her battle to cancer, and made sure his children had all the resources they needed to never have to live in a drafty old farmhouse in the middle of nowhere.
Unless they wanted to someday return to one, of course. Yes, this is his homestead where he decided in older age he wanted to live again.
And it's that time of year. Time to split wood. He has one side of his farmhouse porch lined with painting tarps he used to use to paint houses with my daddy.He's started splitting and lining up wood for the long winter ahead. Now that cold, dark nights are looming, I will start making sure I carve out time to call him weekly, to help make the evenings a little shorter. We will talk about a day long ago when he was a teen, dreaming of a better life. When he and my daddy were young newly married men working hard to make better lives for their kids.
He and my daddy were brother-in-laws by marriage, but brothers by soul. Truth is, his story is a part of who I am. And I was blessed to spend time with him on this 3-week road trip.
Who would YOU like to reconnect with today? What's stopping you?
Who loves lavender? 💜🙋🏼♀️
Did you know there are 45 different species with over 450 varieties 😳😳😳
I’ve always loved it! It’s smell, it’s look. All the centerpieces at my wedding at locally grown lavender. My goal this fall is to plant quite a few plants around the yard! With the help of @love_and_lavender hopefully I’ll be overflowing with purple next year!
PS I went to Chico State and I used to pass this farm every time I drove between Chico and my Parent’s 😍