Category Archives: How To Farm

Review: Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables

The Lean Farm Guide to Growing Vegetables is the sequel to Ben Hartman’s 2015 book The Lean Farm. Ben is a successful market garden farmer based in Indiana. His first book details his methods for achieving a profitable farm through … Continue reading

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Getting a Milk Cow

We’re 6 years into the farm experience and our practice has been to not start too many new farm/ranch ventures at once.  We started in 2010 with a small garden, added a few laying hens, then three beef cattle a … Continue reading

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The Third Plate – Book Review

In The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food, author and chef Dan Barber shares his insights into the global food ecosystem. Barber’s compelling stories are rich in history and read somewhat like a mystery, as he takes the … Continue reading

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2016 Garden Officially Begins!

While field preparation is ongoing and one season overlaps the next with the planting of cover crops, soil tests, and so on, the season is kicked off by planting the crop.  We start many of our vegetables in a greenhouse. … Continue reading

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The Market Gardener – Book Review

Having farmed on a small scale for over 5 years, I recommend The Market Gardener as the best book for beginning gardeners and farmers. Even if you only have a backyard garden, you’ll learn so much from experienced farmer and … Continue reading

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The Lean Farm – Book Review

Author Ben Hartman applies modern manufacturing benchmarking and efficiency methodology to small farms. Written in a warm, friendly style, The Lean Farm is neither a boring textbook on efficiency and waste nor a rambling tale of personal anecdotes. It’s an encouraging … Continue reading

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Compost and Winter Cover Crop

In the last several weeks we’ve bought 2 truckloads of compost for our main spring/summer garden.  This year was the first attempt to grow on this 1 acre plot.  We realized the top soil was thin in many areas which … Continue reading

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Which Came First…?

Here at Blessing Falls, the chickens come before the eggs. But even before the chickens arrive, come weeks of planning and preparation – building coops, expanding water lines, installing electric fencing, building watering and feed systems, and so on.  Our young … Continue reading

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New Bee Hives

We’re expanding in all areas this spring – bigger garden, more calves, more berries, another flock of laying hens.  And we’re adding a new bee hive. Our experienced beekeeper Sam now has his brother Noah as an apprentice.  Here’s what they been up … Continue reading

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Starting the Spring Garden for 2015

Main spring garden work is underway on the major expansion. After delivering to Austin area friends last year, we decided to expand so we could offer more vegetable harvest shares in 2015.  Last summer we tilled the plot several times … Continue reading

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Our Grass Fed Cattle Breeds

We currently raise two breeds of cattle:  South Poll and Devon.  Both are renowned breeds for grass fed beef.  They thrive on grass alone, have a gentle nature, and finish out tender and well-fattened. South Poll are a 4-way cross between Red Angus, … Continue reading

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Heritage Turkey Processing

We raise “Heritage” turkeys.  These are not the industrial type of birds bred only for quick fattening.  We have two types – a Spanish Black/Rio Grande cross and Royal Palm.  Here’s a good article on the differences between standard “supermarket” turkeys … Continue reading

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Spring Harvest and Summer Planting

Harvest is coming into full production, while planting continues for middle and late summer vegetables.  Take a tour of our main garden…  Wider view of the producing rows, with newer green beans in the front, tomatoes in the background 100 … Continue reading

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Spring on the Farm

This is one of the busiest times of year around the farm! There’s so much to plant and prepare for. We are happy that the weather is finally warming up enough for our plants to really start growing! Here are … Continue reading

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Turkeys and Chickens

A family we know is moving out of the area so we acquired their flock of mature poultry – 10 turkeys and 7 chickens.  These are heritage turkey breeds of Spanish Black, Royal Palm, and Rio Grande.  Most were born … Continue reading

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Seed Starts for 2014

We’ll have a series of seed starts this spring.  Every two weeks starting in mid January we’ll start seeds for transplants.  These will be replanted in the garden about 6 weeks after planting.  The first couple of seed starts will … Continue reading

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Extending the Harvest

An early cold front brought near freezing temperatures last night and a low of 30 is forecast for tonight.  We’ve covered the tomatoes and some peppers and eggplant, hoping to extend the harvest.  Our average first freeze is early December, … Continue reading

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October Garden

After a dry and hot summer, October’s cooler temperatures and replenishing rains make the garden a much more pleasant place to work or just walk in.  Here’s a quick peek of what’s growing.            

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How To Farm

As lifelong city folk until moving to the country in 2010, we’ve had plenty to learn. During childhood visits to grandparents, great grandparents, and extended family we glimpsed life on the farm.  These experiences kindled a dream of life outside … Continue reading

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Garden Expansion

Here’s our main garden now, with pumpkin and winter squash growing in the foreground.  A cover crop of blackeyed peas is growing thick in the middle rows which we have finished harvesting for this season.  Actively growing summer varieties are … Continue reading

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