Category Archives: How To Farm

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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