Saturday, April 23, 2011

Buckeye Chicks Arrive

Thursday we received 25 Buckeye chicks as a part of the new poultry breeding program on the farm. This dual-purpose breed is classified as critical by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, and thanks to the help of poultry guru, Jim Adkins we've got some quality genetics to build up our own flock. Soon to be joining this crew will be 25 black australorps, an English breed known for their big brown eggs!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Parlor Gets Funded!

With donations beyond our expectations, we've already reached our funding goal of $3,800 which will pay for the first phase of renovations. Folks can still donate and help us fund phase 2 as well. For more details and to donate click here

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Busy Day on the Farm

It started at 7am with a call from the post office -- our latest batch of meat birds have arrived. Once these young peepers settled in it was time to move the three-week old biddies out to the range life.

Said to be the most stressful day of a young broiler's life, these birds adapted quickly, learning to appreciate the grass and sun.

The rest of the day was left to make a cake -- a biodynamic compost pile built from chicken manure, scythed clover, straw, leaves, coffee grounds, food scraps, composted cow manure, and a dash of worm castings (and worms!). Then for the biodynamic preparations: valerian juice, stinging nettle, dandelion, yarrow, oak bark, and chamomile.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Eightfold Anniversary!

We've been on the farm for a year now! and we are launching a new project on The Parlor!

Visit our Kickstarter page see the video, spread the word, and maybe lend a hand to the creation of this new exciting part of Eightfold Farm.