Pasture Raised Chicken now available!

Hello all,

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.

2016 Prices

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!

Deb

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Chicks Dig Pasture

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.

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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!

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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.

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They look a little awestruck now but tomorrow they will have combed through the whole area.

Yours,

Deb

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Shibori on the Clothesline

Today I was motivated to do some shibori dying. I just adore seeing a full clothesline too.

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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.

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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)

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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!

Yours,

Deb

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This Week in Pictures (June 1, 2016)

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.

Yours,

Deb

Baby Chicks are here!

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.

Yours, Deb

 

Linen Shibori Scarves – now for sale!

Well all, I just couldn’t help myself. I love the process of shibori dyeing so much that I just had to make some scarves!

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These scarves are a blend of linen and rayon with a beautiful drape. The indigo blue color is traditionally used to dye blue jeans and I haven’t met a skin tone that it doesn’t look radiant on.

If you’d like to have one of your own you can find them in my shop on etsy.

Here’s a link to my etsy shop.

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All my best to you!

deb

This Week in Pictures

Summer bliss, a darn good week all in all.

My cast comes off tomorrow, so next week is looking up too!

Yours,

Deb

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I love my peg leg but not as much as my actual foot. Goodbye cast, you’ve been swell!

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The lace of Queen Anne and Susan’s brown eyes.

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Fresh picked blueberries and vanilla ice cream for breakfast. Don’t mind if I do.

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Twilight Gin and Tonic. Is there anything better in the summer? The blueberry addition was relish, next time I’ll muddle them a bit.

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Birthday kebobs at the fire pit. Made with local beef, zucchini and tomatoes from the garden. Maybe next year I’ll grow the mushrooms and peppers too.

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Peas bursting from their pods. So juicy and sweet.

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Happy Birthday! Homemade chocolate raspberry cake with raspberries from Darling’s farm.  Next time I’ll eat two pieces. 🙂

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Friends and family enjoying the evening twilight. Bliss.

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I got a new lens for my camera just in time to capture the beautiful Full Blue Moon.

 

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The hummers go through about 6 cups of nectar every 4 days. The air is literally a-buzz.

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Baby bunnies, it doesn’t get much cuter!