Category Archives: Life in Farming

Preparedness class at Oathkeepers

I was honored to be able to talk at the Chino Valley Oathkeeper’s Preparedness class this weekend! THANK YOU FOR INVITING ME!!! Click the button below to download the PDF of the handout of the class.

We talked about getting your garden up and going. Yep, this can be essential to getting ready for any disaster or need.

krisandlarry.com - Being PreparedStart simple…. Lettuce, tomatoes, squash… and all of these can be planted on your back porch in pots and will provide fresh veggies for your family. – What you don’t eat, can or dehydrate.

Next, get a chicken or 2 for each member of your family.  (Or instead, 4 quail per person in your family will provide enough eggs for your family and can live in much smaller spaces. 

If you are able, you can add sheep or goats to the swing of things in order to get milk for dairy products and I was able to show what a cheese press looks like. Yep, It was a good day!

I was able to share 2 important handouts:

  1. My list of go to websites for many different homesteading products. THIS IS NOT COMPLETE and is a full working list. Here it is to share with you!
  2. My local planting guide from Yavapai Extension Office. Here is a link for their PDF: http://ag.arizona.edu/yavapai/publications/yavcobulletins/Yavapai%20County%20Vegetable%20Planting%20Dates.pdf

Here is my list for you: 

Planting Seeds

Cheese Making Supplies

Local Delivery for Grains Meat and Other Bulk Items

Homesteading

Food Dehydrators

Goat & Animal Supplies

Soap Making Supplies

Dried Herbs and Teas

Vitamins and Supplements

Survival Products

Blog and websites from general information:

Welcome to 2016!

IMG_20160105_103640Welcome to 2016! And Happy 12th day of Christmas!! 

This year on our homestead, we are working really hard to get self sustaining and be able to offer more animals, produce and eggs to our friends.  It has been a great year! We have pressed the “easy” button and made life simpler which is this busy mama’s long term hope for the family. (And by simpler, I do not mean easier, but rather slowing down the CRAZY and drinking iced tea on my porch, watching chickens peck the ground and kids playing outside.)

What are our goals for our homestead this year? We know that most of these won’t happen this year… but we are all hopeful.  

  • add tilapia to our aquaponics system (right now, we have just goldfish in there.)
  • add an additional aquaponics system
  • Add a solar system to the aquaponics system(s)
  • build another greenhouse
  • build a smoke house
  • add 5 more raised garden beds to our garden
  • build additional quail house to house at least 150 more quail
  • purchase a second cabinet incubator for all of the eggs that we have been hatching
  • publish 2 more books
  • plant and tend our garden 
  • not go to the grocery store from May until October (and we are well on out way! I just got a call that our 1/2 steer will be ready to pick up in mid February from the butcher. Our pigs will be going to butcher in March too. My freezers will be FULL!)
  • learn to make sour cream and purchase a cheese press to make cheddar
  • raise turkeys to sell (we have 80 eggs in the incubator right now.)
  • raise coturnix quail to eat weekly for our family
  • Continue to homeschool our amazing kids (minus Shelby who is in college and is being joined by Larry in college this spring to get an additional degree)
  • continue to offer our home as a foster family for kids who need us
  • BE A FAMILY! BE TOGETHER! SHARE OUR LOVE!

HAPPY 2016!! 

Chicks for sale (plus waiting list for other animals)

We are hatching little chicks left and right today! I love that sound our of my incubator!!! PEEP!! PEEP!!PEEEEPPP!

We have chicks and quail hatching year round on our homestead.

Ameraucanas and Ameraucana mixes hatching this week. Quail are due this weekend. We have ducks and geese due at the end of November. 

IMG_20151104_111437453We have over 300 eggs in our incubator at any given time and will add more as needed.

Chicks(chicken and quail) are $3 each or 10 or more are $2.50 each.

Ducks are $6 each

Geese and Turkeys are $12 each. 

GREAT for eggs or meat!!

We also have a waiting list for spring chickens, ducks, geese, quail, turkeys, Yorkshire pigs, KuneKune pigs, Rabbits, and Nubian (both registered and unregistered) Goats.

Message us to get on our notification list when babies are born.

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Progress on our homestead, February 2015

KrisandLarry.comWe have been blessed with beautiful weather this February. It is not always the case and the rest of the country seems to be hit HARD with cold weather and snow. We are taking full advantage of this warmer weather.  We have been working on a “plethora” of projects as supplies arrive.

#1 Goat Playground – The initial tires have gone in, but we have more to go. Elwyn has also built one platform for the goats to climb on. We have the base and a few extra tires stacked on top to make a pyramid.

#2 Our Goat Pallet Barn – We picked up some pallets off of Craigslist for REALLY CHEAP! And are off to the hardware store later to get corrugated steel for the roof. We screwed in all of the base pallets for the frame. – One side for the female goats and one for the males. Once we pick up the roofing, we will make a peak in the center and then add that roofing on. Then, we will be adding plyboard on the inside and a hinged door. We have cattle panels to make a separate pen for the our billy so that he won’t be with the girls.

#3 Aquaponics Greenhouse and System – Aquaponics is growing fish and veggies in a single unit. The fish eat and poo in the water. That water is pumped into grow beds that is providing lettuce and other plants. Those plants filter the water clean, using the poo as fertilizer. The water then goes back into the fist tank, clean for the fish. Griffen dug out the 16×8 ft location to make it even (on a slight slope) KrisandLarry.comadded 6 railroad ties, 4 cattle panels forming a bow and zip tied them together. Later we are drilling in 2x4s over the base of the cattle panels into the railroad ties to make the base stable. We have ordered the plastic cover. Next, we get to work on the system itself. (He has already picked up an IBC tank and 2 blue barrels. He also has some of the PVC pipes that he will need along with his pump.  Watch for a future video for Griffen’s aquaponics system. (We will post is here and on our facebook page as well. – www.fb.com/krisandlarry

KrisandLarry.com#4 Newest Baby Goat. – Mor Dubh is 2-1/2 weeks old and is LOVING the kids, especially the ones who bring his bottle to him. He is going to be our herd sire for the future and is ADORABLE. We bought him from www.westcreekfarmstead.com.

#5 Additional Garden Beds – 2 pallets of block later, we are almost done with getting those new beds in. 3 done so far… one more to go. We have lined these with chicken wireKrisandLarry.com

#6 Hatching more chicks and baby quail. – We have our own eggs from chicks… and have quail eggs arriving later today to put in our incubator… We are hoping to get this going too.

#7 Our new bunnies – We picked up 3 new bunnies last week also from West Creek Farmstead – Here is their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/WestCreekFarmstead The kids named them Angus, Elinor and Merida. We are hoping to get an additional female as well. They will be ready to breed in about 6 weeks or so. These 3 are our pets… but their babies will be “food”. 

 

We still need to get building a larger chicken coop. We have moved 5 hens and a roo over to the goat yard, but have about 30 more to get moved still… We need a bigger coop for them over here (rather than on the other side of my parents’ barn in that coop.

 

Our goal is to be self-sufficient from May – September this year… I do NOT want to go to the store at all.