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I made some goat cheese and some jalapeño poppers, yesterday...
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jalapeno poppers
jalapeno poppers
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making goat cheese
making goat cheese
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making goat cheese
making goat cheese
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making goat cheese
making goat cheese
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making goat cheese
making goat cheese
 
Jeff Campbell
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We’ve got a lot of piggies on the ground right now. Shooting for 80 butchered this year.
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piglets napping
piglets napping
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piglets napping
piglets napping
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piglets feeding
piglets feeding
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piglets napping
piglets napping
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piglets feeding
piglets feeding
 
Jeff Campbell
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My comfrey! I made some divisions a few weeks ago, they all took off and are going to flower. The bees love it. Do I divide them now or should I wait until the fall?
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comfrey
comfrey
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comfrey
comfrey
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comfrey
comfrey
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comfrey at base of tree
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comfrey
comfrey
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comfrey at tree base
 
Jeff Campbell
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Traded some pork chops for some salvia plants. My begonias finally sprouted last week. The sorrel is going to seed, it’s potted with tarragon and rue. After I harvest the seeds I’m going to divide all three. The tarragon will make a dozen plants and the rue and sorrel should make a few each. We scored 5 gallon rose bushes at Lowe’s on the clearance rack last week as well.
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Jeff Campbell
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 Hello! I’ve been slacking on posting, been pretty busy. We’ve butchered 27 hogs this summer. I’m taking five more to the abattoir in the morning, that will leave me with 105. We haven't had any rain since May, so it’s pretty dry around here. it should start raining in a few weeks so we are starting to prepare for it. Getting shelters prepped, getting garden beds ready for fall and winter greens and root vegetables, cleaning out the squash vines that are still going, feeding and watering all the stock, building fences, those are some of our daily tasks. My friend gave me a rabbit hutch with a buck and three does and two litters, 17 total. One of the mommas had kits four nights ago. The turkeys have raised some poults and a few of them are getting pretty big, we named one lucky boy Thanksgiving Dinner. Some of the broody hens hatched chicks, I think there are about ten new chickens running around. I’ve been working on all the cars, the Tahoe’s brakes were shot, we kept driving it till they al ost fell off. The new GMC 2500 has a short in it somewhere and they told me it’s not under warranty, I think it’s in the trailer wiring harness. I’m going through it and cleaning all the wiring up proper. We’ve been selling at 7 markets this summer, 4 of them are seasonal and the other three go all year. We make deliveries to Tahoe once a week also. Well here’s a little update and here are a few pics...
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raising pigs
raising pigs
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raising turkeys
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piglets feeding
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farmers market
farmers market
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raising rabbits
raising rabbits
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sausage peppers and onions
sausage peppers and onions
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Jeff Campbell
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We’ve been busy. Butchered about 25 hogs so far this year...
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hogs to butcher
hogs to butcher
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Looks fantastic as always, Jeff.  
 
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Thank you sir!
 
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I can't believe its already October! We've been running around like crazy this summer. We were selling pork and eggs at 11 different farmers markets, we had 75 pigs butchered so far and have about another twenty scheduled before the holidays. We've bred our rabbits a few times and butchered about 30. We have about another 30 rabbits ready to butcher. The goats all had babies a few months ago, they are all doing well. I was milking for a few months but we didn't have a good schedule for milking. Some mornings I would milk at 3:30am some days at 7:30am and usually at 10pm every night. My girls were good with it. So we have 9 does and 10 bucks. We need to emasculate a few and we are trading a few for some hay with my hay guy. One is pregnant now and the rest are going to get bred this week. Our turkeys bred and we got two new hens that made it. The ravens and crows picked off lots of chicks and poults this year, we should have had about a 100 this year. The garden was a bust this year. I only got a few squash and pumpkins. We planted about 200 pepper, eggplant and tomato plants. the gophers and moles ate most of them, the turkeys and deer even more. We ended up canning about 5 gallons of pickles, a few quarts of eggplants, 10 lbs of tomatoes in the deep freezer and I fermented about 25 lbs of peppers. I got a lot of seeds from all my amaranth. We should have produced much more but we only watered 8 times all summer and didn't have any rain from May until Sept 25 and then a frost killed almost everything on the 1st of October. In all we have had a really good year and are getting ready for winter...
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Grinding! Chores done by 5am, truck loaded and headed to market before the sun. We sold our first rabbits today for 10$/lbs! Whooohooooo!
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Our perennial nursery has sprouted!
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