Thursday, September 20, 2018

Heading into Fall on Our Tiny Farm

Five donkeys in the pasture
Currently we have five donkeys on Our Tiny Farm. Two of them, Chester and Meadow,  are ours. The other three are boarders.  We have Faith, the mother,  Hope,  her yearling daughter,  and Corey Love, her son who was born just a few months ago. They make for a very happy,  and entertaining,  little herd.
Black steer under a tree
We have Black Angus steer on the farm again. These two aren't ours.  They belong to a friend,  but I missed having the big boys on the pasture so we are happy to give them a home.
Vegetable garden
We grew a small garden this year,  mostly for the family. We have enjoyed delicious summer squash, lots of tomatoes, a wide variety of peppers,  eggplant, sweet corn, and peas.
Square bales of hay
In late June,  for the first time, we had hay from our pasture cut and baled. We are very pleased with the quality and it will make for a good savings for us this winter. We plan to do a second cutting in October.
Woman holding a freshly dug garlic bulb
In May we received about 21 inches of rain in a two to three week period. This was bad timing for our garlic crops. We lost all of the elephant garlic. The hard necked garlics survived but the bulbs are small. We cured them and they taste good,  but because their quality is not what we like to provide to our customers,  we will not be selling it this year.
Beekeeper working a hive
We did have a great honey crop this year. Most of it was sold at the Obermiller Strawberry Farm nearby during their strawberry and blueberry seasons.
Thanks for checking in with Our Tiny Farm. And as always, you can order a copy of my book,  which I will sign for you, by clicking on the appropriate button on the side bar.  If you don't see a sidebar, you need to scroll to the bottom of this page and click on the view web version link.  Thanks! Jeanine

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Extended Sale on Our Book for Growing Ginseng, Goldenseal and More!

The response to my September book sale was so good I've decided to continue it for a while longer! I am offering a lead author signed copy of our book for $30, that's with media mail shipping included (+ tax for sales in NC). So, order now by clicking on the top "Add to Cart" button on the right side bar. If you don't see a right sidebar, you are probably working from a smart phone and in the mobile version. Just scroll to the bottom of this page and click on "View web version" and the sidebar will show up. Thank you for growing these wonderful native medicinal herbs!!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Ginseng Book Sale-Sept. 15-20, 2017

I just received a new shipment of books. So as we near the start of the ginseng planting season, I am offering a lead author signed copy of our book for $30, that's with media mail shipping included (+ tax for sales in NC). This sale is good from Sept. 15 through Sept. 20, 2017. So, order now by clicking on the top "Add to Cart" button on the right side bar. If you don't see a right sidebar, you are probably working from a smart phone and in the mobile version. Just scroll to the bottom of this page and click on "View web version" and the sidebar will show up. Happy ginseng planting!!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Our Tiny Farm is Going Through a Transition

I apologize for not posting anything since last January. It has been a busy year for us on Our Tiny Farm. We did a major remodeling of our house, which you all know causes all kinds of disruptions in a family.
We are also in the process of changing what we produce on Our Tiny Farm. In the past we have raised beef cattle, chickens, horses, donkeys, bees, garlic, popcorn, vegetables, and herbs. With the kids grown and gone (or mostly so), wanting time for other activities, and just wanting to try different things on the farm, we have downsized what we do.
Presently, we do not have any beef cattle or chickens on the farm and aren't sure if we will raise anymore. We are also not boarding horses right now.
We are still raising garlic and bees. The garlic is curing and we have hives full of honey.
We are only raising vegetables and herbs for our own family needs.
We are now boarding donkeys. These are our first boarders, Faith (the jenny) and Hope (her baby). This is a good fit for our farm.
Glen will continue to consult with folks interested in leading a lifestyle like we do.
And I will continue to sell my book, teach at workshops and conferences, and consult out of state. I will also try to keep our website more up to date!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

It has been very busy for the past six months on Our Tiny Farm!

I have certainly been lax at keeping up with the blog, but it is not from lack of activity on the farm! First and foremost, I want to dedicate this post to our dear, late Tennessee Walker horse, Little Man. He was a great friend and companion to us and our donkeys. He was an amazing listener. Always calm and very protective of his little donkey friends. But he was very old. We are not sure exactly, but the vet, farrier, and our neighbor who rode him when he was a boy himself, said he had to be 35 years old at least. The summer of 2016 was very, very hot and as the summer progressed, Little Man found it difficult to breathe. We had to soak him down several times a day and keep fans blowing on him. We trimmed his long, curly coat as often as we could, but it was clear to all of us that he was very uncomfortable. We finally made the decision to say goodbye and send him across the rainbow bridge on a beautiful, golden afternoon in late summer. It was a quiet passing and he is buried in his pasture near his little buddies and where we can be near him when we need to be. Love you, Little Man.
A few weeks later we also had to say goodbye to our dear old cat, Maple. That was just too much death and we had two few animal companions around, so we headed out to the local animal shelter and brought home these two adorable kittens. They are not related. They sure are fun!
We are in the midst of doing some pretty major remodeling on our old farmhouse, and in the process of clearing some things out, we came across a box with the first 18 issues of Mother Earth News magazine! I thought that was so cool. We live in the same community where Mother Earth News started and we always thought of our place as a little Mother Earth News type farm.
And then the forest fires came. I don't want anyone to forget how much of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee burned in November 2016. It was terrifying. We were miles from the fires but they still had a big impact on our lives.
But then every now and then, the direction of the wind would change and we would experience the most beautiful, sunny late November afternoons.
The Sustainable Agriculture Conference took place in November in Durham, NC. There I got to spend time at a book signing with my good friend and fellow author, Ira Wallace of Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
A lot went on in our personal lives, too. There was a wedding with the dinner on the farm (I now have a grandson!). The house was full of good smells with all the baking for Thanksgiving and Christmas. And the New Year was rung in with a fun movie and several bottles of champagne.
2017 started out with a beautiful blanket of snow. I took that as a good omen of the year ahead. This year will be one of change on Our Tiny Farm. We don't know what that all means yet, but with the young adult children making their own lives and our desire to try new things, we are spending the winter rethinking what we will do on the farm. We will continue to raise bees and sell honey, and a good crop of garlic and shallots has been planted. But we don't know what livestock we are going to raise and I would love to have a bunch more little donkeys! But, that will all be decided this winter as we sit in front of the woodstove sipping hot chocolate and planning it all out.
In the meantime, we still have honey for sale and it is about time for sales on my book on growing ginseng, goldenseal and other woodland medicinals to pick up. You can order them by clicking on the Add to Cart buttons on the right (if you don't see any buttons, you are probably on a smart phone. Just scroll to the bottom of this page and click on "view web version" and the buttons will magically appear). Full descriptions are on the Farm Products and Book pages (again, if you don't see other pages, just hit "view web version" at the bottom of this page).

We look forward to seeing you all at market and around town this year. Happy New Year from the Davis family at Our Tiny Farm.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Holiday Honey Sale!!!

Give the sweet gift of our locally grown, wildflower honey from the mountains of western North Carolina. The flavor is excellent and you can be assured that it is all pure, raw honey that we extract and bottle on our farm. We are offering two sizes this holiday season. A one pound plastic squeeze bottle ($8) and a half pound glass screw top jar ($5). We can ship up to four one pound bottles in a box (so one shipping charge) or up to six half pound jars. The $7.50 shipping price will be added per box. So, for example, if you buy one one pound bottle it will cost $15.50 ($8 + $7.50). If you buy two one pound bottles shipped in one box it will cost $23.50 ($8 + $8 + $7.50).

We ship using priority mail so your order will arrive in just a few days. If you would like these sent as a gift, just put the gift recipient's address on the order form and in the "instructions to merchant" section include what you want written on the gift card and if we should write "do not open until Christmas", "do not open until Hanukkah", etc. on the outside of the box. To order, just click on the appropriate "add to cart" button on the right (if you don't see any "add to cart" buttons on the right, you are probably on a smart phone. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "view web version" and the side bar and top tabs will all appear. Prices include priority mail shipping.
Since the cause of many hive losses is still questionable, we try to reduce the risks to our hives by keeping some at our own farm and some at a friend's farm nearby. Glen monitors all our hives closely and follows best practices to control mites and other bee predators. No toxic products are used in the hives. Please let us know if you have any questions about our beekeeping practices.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

End of Season Super Sale on Elephant Garlic and Shallots-SOLD OUT

This is all we have left of our 2016 garlic and shallot crop! So we are offering a super special sale on these five boxes of elephant garlic and Grey Griselle shallots. Please see the September 19th blog post for more pictures, a description of Grey Griselle shallots, and explanations of what I mean by "regular", "small", and "off-color" reasonably sized elephant garlic. I did some mixing and matching and stuffed as much as I could into these boxes. All the bulbs are firm and in good condition for eating or planting.

Referring to the picture above, the middle box and the one on the right have forty bulbs each and weigh between 4 and 5 pounds. They contain mostly the regular reasonably sized elephant garlic topped off with off-color and small bulbs. These are Box Q SOLD OUT in the right sidebar and sell for $30.00 which includes priority mail shipping. (If you don't see the right sidebar with the shopping cart buttons please scroll to the bottom of the page and click "view web version").

The box on the left contains 47 bulbs of the off-color and small elephant garlic bulbs. The box weighs about 4.5 pounds and is Box R SOLD OUT in the right sidebar. It sells for $25.00 which includes priority mail shipping.

The two boxes at the top are the Grey Griselle shallots SOLD OUT. They each contain 55 bulbs and weigh about 3/4 of a pound. They sell for $25.00 which includes priority mail shipping.