Creating a Culture of Change

I am not looking to change a business, society, etc. I am looking to change the way I live personally. That includes how I eat, think, buy and sell. Do I hope that others will join me? Of course, but this is really about my personal journey to live a quiet, peaceful life. What do … Continue reading Creating a Culture of Change

Water Bath Canning vs Pressure Canning

Some links are affiliate links. I receive a small commission from these but it does not affect your purchases. There really is no debate on which you should choose. There are somethings are safe to water bath can but everything can be pressure canned. Why can't I water bath can low acid foods? My grandma … Continue reading Water Bath Canning vs Pressure Canning

The Farm is a Reality

Holy Goat Chicken Momma! Ok that was a bad Batman reference. But seriously my dream of having a farm is a reality. The good, the bad, the ugly are all very real. The struggles and the successes are all happening NOW. For those of you who have been with me through the years, what tumultuous … Continue reading The Farm is a Reality

Finding Resources in Your Own Backyard

It has been a massive search for things to use for building materials. I was considering pallets but as right now I have no way to transport them without paying someone. Remember I like free and cheap. I can't afford to put out money and run to Home Depot, Lowe's, or any other type of … Continue reading Finding Resources in Your Own Backyard

Rhode Island Red Chickens

Rhode Island Red chickens are a dual purpose bird that was developed in New England in the mid 1800s. They lay large light brown eggs. They are considered one of the least aggressive breeds of chickens. They are healthy producers with hens averaging 200 to 300 eggs per year. Dual purpose means they are also … Continue reading Rhode Island Red Chickens

Calendula Flowers

Common Name Standardized: calendula Other: marigold, pot marigold Latin name Calendula officinalis¬†L. Plant Family:¬†Asteraceae Overview Calendula is a well-known herb and garden plant that has been used topically, ceremonially, and as a dye. It is also used as a companion plant in many vegetable gardens. This is an edible flower used in teas, tinctures, and … Continue reading Calendula Flowers

Red Sex Link Chickens

What makes red sex link chickens special? They are easy to sex as chicks. Pullets (baby hens) are shades of red and the cockerels (baby roosters) are shades of lighter colors. Why is this is important? Most people want hens primarily. Hens are where we get eggs. Roosters sole purpose is if you want fertilized … Continue reading Red Sex Link Chickens

Single Sustainable Mom vs Enchanted Farmstead

There has been some question as to why there are two different names floating around. I am Single Sustainable Mom and my farm name is Enchanted Farmstead. It really is that simple. I use SSM for Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest. For farm business I use the farm name. Single Sustainable Mom I have spent … Continue reading Single Sustainable Mom vs Enchanted Farmstead

Enchanted Farmstead Coming Part 2

Middle Ground By the time we are to our halfway point in our five year plan our grocery bill should be cut in half. We should have enough produce that that should be off our list. The house repairs/remodels should be complete. And livestock should begin to be established. Livestock will include cows, chickens, rabbits, … Continue reading Enchanted Farmstead Coming Part 2

Enchanted Farmstead coming soon!

Starting Life Over What a way to round out the year. We lost a big part of our lives on Dec. 15th, daddy passed peacefully. Life had become a battleground for him and finally he was ready to find peace. He was our mighty oak, strong and able to bend with the winds. We are … Continue reading Enchanted Farmstead coming soon!