We here at Red Earth Farm in S. E. Georgia feel like we live a very rich life. We have clean air and water, fruits, vegetables and assorted meats, eggs, and dairy all raised without chemicals and without power equipment for the most part. We do have a tractor, a 1950s model David Brown, that does some heavy lifting like moving hay bales and mowing. We do no row cropping.
Many people from cities and towns have forgotten or never knew what goes into the food they eat and many people that do farm and garden have different ways and ideas. I thought it would be interesting to share what goes on here at the farm during a normal day. Some of the doings on the farm are routine and others can be exciting, at least what goes for exciting in the country.
Full disclosure, unless it is otherwise stated, all writings, spelling errors, and grammatical errors are the sole responsibility of Raven.
This will be my first attempt at a blog, I am open to questions and ideas to make it a better site and things that will improve yours and our lives.
To start with our farm house was built in 1850 and refurbished about ten years ago. The farm is 46 of what used to be a 200 acre farm. We have lived here since December of 2009. There are currently 3 members of our family here Janisse, Raven, and Skye, who was born to the farm in 2012, she will be 11 later this month. The farm is mostly in pasture, a pasture that was not a pasture at all when we moved in and still has a ways to go before reaching its full potential. The pasture is divided into 6 sections for the time being. The farm is bordered by a dirt road and forest on the three remaining sides. The farm sits in between the Altamaha and Ohoopee Rivers, near the banks of Slaughter Creek. We have 3 gardens, one rectangle about 50’ by 80,' another rectangle about 40’ by 80,' with raised beds, the remaining garden is round. It dawned on me one day before making drip irrigation that we have round sprinklers and rectangular gardens. The round garden is for anything that vines, to keep vines out of the pathways in the main gardens, the vines are started in mounds and go where they please. We really have two round gardens, one is used as a rabbit colony, the garden and rabbits rotate each year. We have an orchard with assorted fruit trees, raspberries, blackberries and a blueberry patch
The livestock currently on the farm is as follows; 16 bovine, which includes 1 bull, 8 cows, 1 heifer, 4 heifer calves, 1 steer calf (that may be kept as an oxen) and 1 calf with a botched banding, 2 Billy's, 1 wether, and 3 nannie goats, 4 ewes and 1wether sheep, a male Hampshire hog and a feral (born on the farm) female hog, 2 horses and a mule, 32 chickens, 5 ducks, 2 turkeys about 15 guineas, 1 peahen, 7 Flemish Giant rabbits, 3 dogs (a Black Lab (Matilda), Great Pyrenees (Cypress) both girls and a male Belgium/Swiss Shepherd (Thunder)), 1 cat, and thousands of worms. The cows (generic term for all bovine), goats, and sheep are named after activist.
On the farm we make many things out of what we grow, such as keifer, cheeses, butter, sour cream, sour kraut, kombucha, kimchi, and soap, to name a few.
The daily routine in animal care usually starts out like this, up at the crack of whatever time is needed. The animal pens are set up circular pattern, around the main barn, to make the feeding easier. The goats are let out of their pens to browse ( given hay in the winter), the hogs are fed in two separate troughs (so the big mama doesn’t eat everything), the horses are led to their day pasture and the sheep are let out into their pasture (the horse and sheep pens are a part of the old tobacco barn). I then scatter feed on the ground for all the fowl, move onto feeding the rabbits and end up with giving the horses and the bull hay (the bull is currently separated to slow up breeding as are the Billy goats).
I do not think you will normally see any postings as long as this, unless it really makes our day. There are many details of the animals, farm and house that will be told as their stories arise in the day to day doings of Red Earth Farm. Welcome.