Friday, April 12, 2019

We Welcome New Donkeys to Our Tiny Farm

Two miniature donkeys in a paddock
This week two new donkey boarders joined us on Our Tiny Farm. Meet Wilma, on the left, and Clara, on the right.
Four miniature donkeys standing next to a red barn
They are twelve years old and just the sweetest little donkeys. We still have them separated from our two (you can see ours peeking at them from behind the gate), but I think they will settle in quite nicely.
Four miniature donkeys and a man in a barn

Friday, March 15, 2019

Our Tiny Farm Goes International!

Two jars of honey
We aren't really doing international sales, but a customer bought a box of jars of our honey yesterday to take to Korea as gifts! Thought that was pretty cool!
Two donkeys
Chester (on the left) and Meadow (on the right) are enjoying the mild weather and sunshine we have had lately. Little do they know that in a few short weeks, they will have two more donkey companions. Glen and I are looking forward to have new boarders.
Daffodils blooming
Daffodils are blooming on the farm. This is my favorite time of the year with buds bursting, grass turning green, and peepers peeping at night. It's a good time to plant that woodland garden you have been thinking about all winter. My book on how to do just that is on sale for $30; that includes shipping. If you can't see the Paypal buttons on the right to order it, you are probably on a mobile device. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "view website" and the right sidebar will magically appear!
page from Growing and Marketing Ginseng, Goldenseal and Other Woodland Medicinals book


Sunday, February 3, 2019

Donkey Changes on Our Tiny Farm

Donkey being loaded on trailer
Last weekend was bittersweet for us on Our Tiny Farm. Our longtime boarders, Faith, Hope, and Cory, left our farm. That was the sad part. But the happy part was their owners finally had their own new farm, barn, and paddock all ready and waiting for them.
Donkeys being unloaded from a trailer
Their new home is beautiful and the owners love having their ear longears right there with them. We all hope to stay good friends, too!
Woman with two donkeys
Initially our two donkeys were confused and kept looking for their herd. Then they were upset and didn't want us to even pet them. That made it interesting when we had to blanket them when it got so bitterly cold for a few days. But yesterday they decided we were all good once again.
Three donkeys looking through door in barn
So, we are accepting boarders again. If you need a loving home for your horse or donkey, just contact us. We take excellent care of our equines. Just ask these three!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Key fob button protector (so you won't mash a button when you don't mean to)

We have a family member, who will remain nameless, who accidentally bumps buttons on his key fobs with undesirable, and sometimes unknown, consequences. I went searching for key fob covers/protectors and found they were all very large and needed two hands to operate. So today I made one. It works so well that I made several for other family members, too. Here's how to do it.
Materials to make a key fob cover
Gather these supplies:
  • A thin plastic flexible cutting board (they are sold in multi packs)
  • A ruler.
  • Scissors.
  • Sharp paring knife.
  • Paper clip.
  • Self stick Velcro buttons.

I made a prototype first with paper to get the right dimensions and test it out.

Simple homemade key fob cover
Then I just cut a length of the cutting board with the scissors, made a slit with the knife for the ring on the top of the fob, slid a paper clip through the ring, used the paper clip to pull the ring through the slit, folded the plastic around the fob, positioned the Velcro buttons, rubbed the Velcro buttons on firmly (using the handle of the scissors against the table, not the fob), and it was finished! Make it any color you want.
Another view of finished key fob covers



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.
Book
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!!