I meandered onto this wonderful, extensive, site while browsing for a Canadian homesteading/sustainability forum. (Haven't found one yet!) But a Global one works just as well for me, better in some ways! Who doesn't like to hear how people do things differently around the world! Except sometimes it makes me wish I could grow things that aren't just Zone 3.... As a sidetrack, anyone know of a super hardy Jasmine plant?
Now I'll admit right off the get go, my thumb is atrociously non green. I've been working on training it bit by bit each year and I'm slowly making progress but what may come second nature and oh so easy to many of you, will mean certain plant doom in my hands. However animals are another story! Give me an animal any day! Logically this means my little acreage is quite animal orientated. I just rent so there isn't lots of structural changes that I dive into however I'm always looking into pasture rotation methods and different feeds. One day I will have enough space to have a proper fodder system. Currently I have my cows. My lovely, wonderful and splendid bovines. Nothing beats a cow really. So multi purpose and charming. My go to slogan has been "Since I can't raise 6 cow/calf pairs on this much land, I'll raise 2 cows that can raise 6 calves!". I must admit though, I'm closer to having 6 pairs than 2 cows and 6 calves
I also have a fluctuating flock of chickens. Such a gateway animal! Sometimes their numbers drop only to easily explode with a poof of feathers and clucking. It's chick fever weather here currently, a harder battle is rarely fought. Of course, all birds around right now are layers sprinkled with an abundance of roosters from last years hatch that will do nicely in my freezer some point this summer. A batch of meat birds was raised last summer and since there are still many still in the freezer, meat birds are probably not in my future for this summer. (Enter another side note: I was caught up in the Salmonella scare of last summer that was around this area. Happily I swabbed Salmonella free!) Because this time of year always has me itching to start new projects yet the season is still uncooperative to many, I have recently started a meal worm farm! It's quite scary how interesting worms and beetles can become all of a sudden.... But the end goal here is to have many, many extra worms kicking around to treat and boost my chickens diets with!
That's all I can really think of right now.... I'll carry on browsing and hope to become good internet pals with many of you! I'll end this intro with a recent photo of my "Prime" bull for this up coming year. He's a recent addition to my herd and still has some growing to do in order to fit into all his hair!
Endless Prairies resident.
Currently home of... 8 bovines, 1 equine, 5 feline, 2 canine and numerous poultry.