Need a taste of summer to get you through? Come on down to the Enfield Community Center from 10-1 Saturday the 11th and pick up a frozen bird or two raised the last time the sun was shining and the grass was green.
We now have whole, frozen fresh pasture raised chicken available.
These birds are beautiful this year, what a hearty bunch!
We currently have about 100 available and this will be our only batch this year. So don’t delay! These birds are shrink wrapped (think butterball turkey) and will last a very long time in your freezer. They average 4.5 to 5.5 pounds.
1-4 birds, $4.50/lb
5 or more: $4.25/lb
10 or more: $3.95/lb
If you would like to know more about us, how we raise our chickens or would like to reserve some birds for your freezer click here.
If you have questions or would like to speak with us directly you may email us as well: RustyAcornFarm@gmail.com
Our very best to you!
Haha! I know I do.
Today we put our 4 week old baby laying hens in their outside tractor. We’re trying something new this time by putting these little foragers to work creating compost while keeping our grain costs down.
We were inspired by Geoff Lawton’s video, “Chicken Run on Steroids“. If you haven’t seen it already, watch it…. perhaps it will inspire you to do something similar? We have 16 laying hens so we will do a pared down version of Lawton’s method during our warm summer and into fall. We plan to start collecting leftover vegetable matter from a local boarding school and will keep adding 5 gallon buckets of kitchen scraps over the week.
Then, in a week or two (these little ladies are still pretty small) we’ll move the pen, keeping the already scratched pile within their electrified area so they can keep working it while creating a new pile on top of the poop-rich area under the roosting bars. Each week (or so) the pen and net will move creating several already turned piles. We may use this to enhance the soil in place (looking to reclaim this area as garden) or use it as compost in our existing beds.
I’m so impressed with these birds, they really are magic, somehow they are born knowing how to forage and scratch. We provide them with fresh food they LOVE as well as fresh pasture and they work for us breaking down, pooping and aerated the compost. Win win!
They’ll be making a dustbath of that dirt patch on the right in no time. We’ll hook up a small nipple waterer and a hanging food bucket tomorrow.
They look a little awestruck now but tomorrow they will have combed through the whole area.
Today I was motivated to do some shibori dying. I just adore seeing a full clothesline too.
I’m just so in love with this process, it involves folding/wrapping/clamping/tying as a way of creating a resist, then when dipped in indigo dye the results are magic. There really is no wrong way to do this. Opening each piece is so exciting!
I dyed 12 cloth napkins and 12 dishtowels along with two linen dresses that have been hanging around unworn, because who wears white? I know I don’t.
The dish towels are made of thin flour sack cotton fabric, perfect for around the kitchen but I have plans to sew them together into a beach cover up. (I’ll post pics of that later)
Each one of these pieces is unique and could never be ‘exactly’ repeatable, that’s exactly what I love about shibori…it’s wabi-sabi. The perfect in the imperfect.
I’ll be hosting a dying workshop at the farm on July 2nd at 10am-2pm if you would like to learn how to dye in this traditional Japanese way. We will focus on flat cloth (napkins/towels etc) in this workshop as dying clothing be somewhat complex.
Let me know if you’re interested!
Late spring is my favorite, I’m just trying to keep up!
This week we had some rich compost delivered. Shoveling that sh*t was hard work but a dunk in Goose Pond made it all worth it. I reclaimed some lawn outside the garden borders to allow for some rambling squash plants too, hopefully we have a chaotic patch of pumpkins and hubbard squash and zucchini soon.
The perennial gardens are blooming and filling in as well. The early morning dew, fog and light made for some beautiful photos, many of these were taken by Opal.
Morning fog, Hunky toads, dewdrops and campfires….life is good.
We’ve received freshly hatched baby chicks.
11 little layers: Buff Orpingtons and Silver Laced Wyandottes.
I hope the oxytocin transfers from this computer to you.
This week was full of back-to-school excitement and the slanting light of late summer. Soon there will be a chill in the air and I’ll be able to wear a sweater and socks. My favorite time of year.
Summer bliss, a darn good week all in all.
My cast comes off tomorrow, so next week is looking up too!
I’m literally, dying.
I get a little obsessed with things.
Every year when we go to Maine for our family vacation, we all do a craft project together, it sort of happens organically the desire to have a momento of time well spent, drinks well drunk, cards well played and waves well surfed. The last few years it’s been tie-dyes. We dye nightgowns then play cards all night like grown up giggling twins, the kids dye t-shirts…heck we all dye t-shirts…when there’s dye left over we dye our underwear and socks…it’s goofy and superfun. Then, just to prove we’re related we take a group shot, sealing up the memory like a time capsule. A glorious little funny to be opened with a smile later.
This year, I’m going prepared. And by prepared, I mean pinning dying ideas to my pinterest board like a maniac! (See my pin board here) While gathering all the pins, I was reminded of the magic of shibori. It’s like tie-dye plus geometry and maybe a little math thrown in. I like the planning and forethought that’s needed. I like the varying techniques and endless results.
Shibori is a japanese dying technique, here is a link if you’d like to know more: Shibori Wiki
The techniques I tried are Arashi Shibori (pole wrapping) and Itajime Shibori (shape resist).
Once the items are in the dye bath it’s like waiting for your parents to eat a leisurely and torturous breakfast while waiting to open your Christmas presents……time slows down. One hour feels like days when all you can think about WHAT WILL IT LOOK LIKE inside those crazy strings and rubber bands!!! Thus, I’m dying. I think I might have died with all the waiting.
For my first attempt at this I think it worked pretty darn well! I especially love the vertically striped shirt. One sleeve is darker than the other because the pole was too tall to fit in the dye bucket so i kept pouring dye over the top. I think the action of the dye running down the tube infiltrate the strings. What a happy accident!
I’m so obsessed that I might spend all day tomorrow dying handerchiefs and kitchen towels and pillow cases and yoga pants and bedspreads and dresses and underwear and….socks….and…
Have you tried shibori?
Who wants to come over and dye with me?