Monday, October 13, 2014

Last Chance to Buy Our 2014 Garlic

It was a great year for growing garlic in the southern mountains of North Carolina. We've sold what we wanted to locally, have choice bulbs set aside for planting next year's crop, and have little baskets full for use by ourselves, family, and friends. So what you see above is all we have left to sell now!
People are telling me that locally grown planting and eating garlic is in short supply. Everyone is sold out. So tonight, I quickly put together some 3.75 to 4 lb packages of garlic and put them on Ebay for sale.

Here are direct links to the Ebay listings if you are interested: 
German White-SOLD OUT!

Spanish Roja-SOLD OUT!

Elephant Garlic

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Manure is Worth its Weight in Gold. Want Some?

 
Even with the best manure management plans, on a little farm like ours sometimes you just have to get out there with a fork and wheelbarrow and pick the stuff up. But that "stuff" is worth its weight in gold to farmers and gardeners in the know. It can turn poor soil into rich, fertile, friable, fragrant, good gardening soilwithin a year or two. You will see a noticeable difference the first year you use it. We incorporate manure into all of our vegetable, herb, and flower gardens and feel blessed to have an endless supply at our disposal.

In my opinion, manure has gotten a bad rap in recent years. All the concerns about food safety have driven many gardeners and some organic farmers away from using manures. Following some simple guidelines, manures can be used safely and can be most beneficial to your growing efforts. And think about it, if we don't return animal manure to the soil where it belongs, what the heck are we going to do with all that we generate?

At the present time, we are not composting our manure, so we follow the federal National Organic Program rules for using manure in growing our food and flowers: "The NOP regulations require that uncomposted animal manures be applied at least 90 days prior to harvest for crops whose edible portions do not come in contact with the soil and at least 120 days prior to harvest of crops whose edible portions do come in contact with the soil." We feel very comfortable following these rules because we generate all the manure here on our own farm and we know what our animals eat. Our animals live on grass pasture most of the year. Our one senior horse is fed some additional grain because he can no longer eat enough grass and hay to keep his weight up. But his grains contain no antibiotics or hormones. The hay we purchase for winter feed comes from local farms. We know the farmers and we always ask what herbicides they use so we can avoid persistent herbicides that could carry over into the manure.

Most of us who have been farming and gardening for a lot time know how to handle manure and composted manure products. If you are a new gardener, please remember you are handling 'poop'. So you should wear gloves, cover any wounds on your hands, wash your hands when you are done, and keep your dirty hands out of your mouth. Follow these simple rules and you should be able to safely use manures for growing your food as many, many generations of people have done before us.

So, do you want some? For the first time this year we have more manure than we can use. If you would like some, FOR FREE, and you are within an easy drive of Etowah, NC, just use the contact form on the right to let me know and we will make arrangements for you to get some. This is a good time of year to apply it.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Celebrating Our Artist-Shannon Davis

Our daughter is an artist who is officially launching her career this fall. What a great time to buy beautiful original prints, ceramics, and paintings for holiday gifts. Young artists charge very reasonable prices as they start their careers. So you can support an emerging artist and get a great deal in the process. That's when I like to purchase their art! You can also visit her website: Shannonmade.com.

This weekend, she is selling some of her work at the Blue Ridge Community College booth in front of the old courthouse at the Art on Main event in downtown Herndersonville, NC. These photos are from that event.








Thursday, September 25, 2014

Our mini-donkeys (Smile)

I was out visiting the donkeys tonight. The light was lovely so I tried to take some photos. As usual, I got about a dozen super close-ups of donkey ears, donkey eyes, and a horse nose. Every time I pull out the phone to take a photo lately, they walk up to see what I'm doing. I did, however, get this interesting one with a horse head shadow on Meadow.
You may recall the problem we had last winter with the donkeys chewing on the barn. They really did a lot of damage. For any of you considering getting mini-donkeys, this is a common "bad habit" they have. Anyway, Glen repaired all the damage they did on the outside of the barn and then stapled up chicken wire to try to prevent them from doing it again. He will spray paint right over it all. Hope it works!
While I have your attention, note that we have three specials going right now with two other businesses. Click the tabs above to learn more about the offers of a copy of the book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals with either 2 ounces of ginseng seed, 25 one-year old ginseng rootlets, or 10 goldenseal rhizomes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Did you see the special deals on goldenseal rhizomes and ginseng rootlets that we are offering?

Johnny Crisson is a North Georgia medicinal herb grower who has been attending our workshops and conferences for years. This is his first year selling ginseng rootlets and goldenseal rhizomes. I am excited for him and his new business and he always says what a great resource our book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal, and Other Woodland Medicinals is. So, we have teamed up together to offer special deals on ginseng rootlets + a book or goldenseal rhizomes + a book. Read more about these specials by clicking on the appropriate tabs above.



Friday, September 19, 2014

Quick update on Our Tiny Farm

I have been focused on promoting my new book the past few months and have neglected providing photos and words about the farm. So here is a quick update. First, someone asked for a better picture of the horse we are boarding right now. So here is a picture of Teddy. He is a real sweetheart and gets along beautifully with all our animals. I hope he is here to stay for awhile!
I always feel an immense sense of relief when we get the hay put up for the winter. Last year the hay was awful; we had to do a lot of supplemental feeding to keep the weight on the animals, and we didn't do that well for the older horse. So it is wonderful to have good quality hay stacked up and ready to go.
The little donkeys definitely approve of the hay we purchased for the winter. Within an hour there wasn't a scrap to be found. Even with a pasture full of green grass, the donkeys prefer hay.
One of you asked for a close-up of Chester, so here you go. He is an adorable chocolate mini-donkey with a kinked little tail, a pot belly, and the biggest most expressive brown eyes I have ever seen. You can't help but to give this little guy a hug...which he likes very much.
Another one of you asked for a picture of the portable shelter we have for our steers. So here it is. As you can see, it is on skids. On the other end, there is a strap that we hook right up to the tractor and tow the shelter wherever we want it. The steers use it all the time all year long.
This was just a pretty day on the farm this summer so I took a shot of the barn with the mountains in the background. We are so blessed to live in this beautiful area.
Poppy settled into this giant mixing bowl on the computer hutch (it has been there for years, she just discovered it). It is now one of her favorite places to sleep. Cute.
These are beautiful sirloin roasts from our pasture raised Black Angus cattle. After a long slow roast in the oven, they made for a number of delicious meals.
One of the great delights of living on a small farm is all the fresh food on hand to create tasty meals, like this one.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Special Offer: Ginseng Rootlets & Our Ginseng Growing Book for 36% Off

High Valley Ginseng & Herb and Our Tiny Farm have come together to make you a special offer of  25 ginseng rootlets AND a copy of the new book Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal & Other Woodland Botanicals for $60.25. That includes priority mail shipping and is 36% off our regular website prices if you bought the book and roots individually. The book will be signed and dated by the lead author, Jeanine Davis.

To learn more about High Valley Ginseng & Herb Company, check out their Facebook page or Website. They are offering one year old ginseng rootlets as shown above. They also have some two year old rootlets available. If you are interested in the two year olds, please indicate in the note section of the Paypal form if you want all or some of those in your order. As long as they are available, they will be shipped to you, otherwise, you will get one year olds.

The rootlets and book will be shipped separately from each business by priority mail. High Valley suggests you have the plants delivered to where you can be sure to pick them up right away so they don't lose quality from staying in the packaging too long. The book will be shipped in a padded envelope.

Each company retains responsibility for their own products and any questions or concerns should be directed to the relevant company.

This is a limited time offer and will be discontinued when High Valley Ginseng & Herb informs me that they can no longer ship roots.

To place your order, click on the shipping option on the right for the Book & 25 Rootlets for $60.25.