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Old-Fashioned Sour Dough Bread Recipe

Sour dough bread baking is divided into 2 sessions, making preparation ideal for the busy woman.  The night before, the starter is mixed with a few other ingredients to create the sponge.  The sponge sits overnight in a warm place, allowing the starter to work its magic.  In the morning, the sponge will have risen […]

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Old-Fashioned Sour Dough Starter

The foundation of a simple diet begins with homemade bread.  Beginning bread with a sour dough starter is the way to go for daily, reliable and affordable breadbaking that can even be handled by young (responsible!) daughters from the age of 8 and up.  Here is our recipe that is used daily in our kitchen. […]

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Dania’s Herb Garden

Beside the house last year, we started a new herb garden for Dania.  This Spring, it’s exploding: Should be very interesting in another year or two, as Dania’s growing and adding more herbs by the day.  If we can just … Continue reading

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Milking Goats Again

Our first dairy animals were a pair of Nubian goats we bought from a friend in 2007.  We started a herd of Jersey cows in 2010 and haven’t milked dairy goats since.  Today, I decided to start milking goats again, separated … Continue reading

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Building Fences

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be putting up some new field fencing to create a 3 acre pasture for our sheep and dogs and a 1 acre garden area behind our (private) home. We’ll probably be using 48″ (high) sheep/goat high-tension woven wire fencing … Continue reading

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Back to Work…

After two years of necessary office work which required us to sell our livestock and step away from farm work, we’ll basically be starting over again in 2015 here on the Michael Family Farm.  We learned a lot the first time … Continue reading

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Ox Training

Here’s a helpful video on training young oxen.  We have two young dairy oxen that we’ve kept for working and we’ll be training them this year.  I’ll try and post anything I find helpful along the way.

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