Missing, But Not Gone… Gearing Up for Fair!

Gearing up for Fair :: Faulk Farmstead

It's OK, folks. . I did NOT drop off the face of the Earth. . What HAS been happening?  LIFE.  Plain and simple. . Aside from the summertime busy-ness of the homestead, we have been getting ready for something very exciting here:  The Little Homesteader is entering her first fair!  Tomorrow, we will be packing up Spartacus and heading to the Thurston County Fair - Next stop, the goat barn! . This was her first year in 4-H - specifically the pack-goat project - and what an experience it has been!  Not only has she learned more about goat care, but she has gained CONFIDENCE and DETERMINATION.  Seriously priceless, folks.   It has been truly a joy watching her spend her days training young Spartacus on a leash, … [Continue]

Exciting News to Share: Preserving Classes are Here!

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I am thrilled to announce that I am finally taking the leap and sharing with you all one of my passions: Preserving! This summer I will be hosting a jam-making class right here at the Faulk Farmstead!  I am thrilled to share this event with 6 awesome peeps! Click here to learn more (and register)!  (more after the ad - hop on over!) . If you can't make this one, not to worry - I have more fun classes in the making: - In a Pickle: easy pickles - cukes, peppers, veggies! - Salsa night! - Jam On! with a Buzz: Can you say Bourbon cherries? Or Whiskey figs?? - Seasonal: Applesauce (sweet & savory variations), holiday gift-making (syrups, winter compotes) - BONUS: hosting a winter preserve swap! . Click here to learn … [Continue]

Kids Chores on the Farmstead: A Guest Post from the Little Homesteader

Kids Chores on the Farmstead :: Faulk Farmstead

Today's post comes from my Little Homesteader.  When I thought about writing a post about how my 10-year-old can help out on the homestead, I thought to myself "Well hey, what better person to write this post than her?!"  She was more than happy to oblige and share a few words with all of you about her thoughts on helping with chores... . Homesteading is hard work, so I can't let my mom do it alone. Collecting eggs, milking the goats, and laundry is the easy stuff, but cleaning stalls, bathing animals, checking farmies for injuries and infections, and refilling the chicken feed for fermenting - well, that's another story. I try my best to do the things that I CAN get accomplished  with the time that I frequently have. I usually trim … [Continue]

How (Not) to Take a Farm Vacation

How (NOT) to Take a Farm Vacation :: Faulk Farmstead

This post was originally titled "How to Take a Farm Vacation."  And then I decided it probably should be titled "How NOT to Take a Farm Vacation" because things didn't  quite go as planned once we left our home state of Washington. . Let's go back a bit... . In preparation for leaving town, my little sister dutifully learned the ways of the farm.  Although she was already a pro at feeding the animals, putting them up at night, and collecting eggs, the milking of the goats was on our daily lesson plan.  I remembered when I first started milking Totes and her tiny little Nigerian Dwarfs teats.  It definitely took some technique development.  My goal as the farmsteader was to make this 10-day farm-sitting stint as easy for my … [Continue]

Eating Local in Hawaii: A Local Bite Update

Eating Local In Hawaii: A Local Bite Update :: Faulk Farmstead

Curious what I've been up to on this blogging hiatus?  Family:  Nurturing of relationships, bonding with kids...  VACATION! . We were fortunate enough to spend 11 glorious days on the island of Kauai.  Gorgeous.  We snorkeled, swam, ATV'd (is that a word??), relaxed, and ate.  Yup, ate.  You KNOW food was on the top of my list! . Almost 100 days ago, our family started on a challenge to eat locally.  Remember Local Bite?  Although we weren't able to do so for the entirety of our vacation, it still played an important role in how we decided what and where we were going to eat. . When we first visited Kauai back in 2011, we happened upon a local restaurant that specialized in local foods - out of this world local foods.  Would … [Continue]

Homestead Organization: The Homestead Binder

Homestead Organization: The Homestead Binder :: Faulk Farmstead

Today I'm rolling out a new feature on the Faulk Farmstead: Homestead Organization!   Ah, organization on the homestead.  For me, this literally feels non-existent at times. To keep things afloat, however, some sort of organization is truly necessary for the well-being of our home.  For me, I need a common place to keep track of when/where we got which animals, when babes were born, how long eggs were incubated, when we planted our seeds (indoors AND outdoors), even how much milk we are getting from our goats.  These are all important things that contribute to how our homestead runs.  Back when we picked up our first animals, 6 day-old chicks, I had decided that I needed a way to keep track of everything.  Something that … [Continue]