Friday, March 11, 2011
I learned to crochet, very poorly I might add, during my teen years. I did enjoy crochet but never really made anything of consequence, just practice squares. Fairly boring.
Knitting was a whole different ball game for me. It took practice to work with 2 needles instead of just one. Heaven forbid, I make a mistake! Then the whole thing would have to be ripped out to correct it, not just pull a stitch like in crochet. You, knitters, are probably laughing about now --I'm new remember. :o)
Now, I'm obsessed! I absolutely love it. I knit and knit and knit some more. Much to my husband's chagrin, I can even knit in the car.
My first "real" project was a hat for my daughter, Lauryn. It turned out okay, but I won't be posting any pictures of it.
My latest project were these baby socks. I'm thrilled with how well they turned out. Socks were my goal, I figured that once I could knit a pair of socks without holes, I would have arrived. Well, I have "arrived" and still there is so much more to learn like cabling and double-sided knitting and the list goes on.
Like Wendy always says, "We're just practicing for our Granny years."
The pattern for these can be found for free at this site. Any other knitters out there?
Thursday, March 10, 2011
If you are a woman and a farmer, you’ve probably experienced the crossroads where lovely femininity intersects with rugged farm life. It is a beautiful but complicated line that we walk each day as farm girls, balancing who we are and the work that we do.
Being a farm girl is a good, challenging, and fulfilling lifestyle, and there are some things in life that can be experienced no other way than farming. The Polyface Farm chicks and I had fun thinking of what makes us farm girls. What makes you a farm girl?
You Know You’re A Farm Girl If...
you feel lost without your leatherman multi-tool - cows make you happy - you find yourself doing spontaneous animal impersonations - dirt is your daily make-up - you have singed your hair on a brooder hover - you wear muck boots into town - you sing while gathering eggs - you don’t want to eat anything you haven’t grown - you find hay down your shirt at the end of the day - your idea of a late night is 9:30 p.m. - your high heels give away your rural roots as you plod down the street - you love farm boys - your arms and legs are different shades in the summertime - you have dirt under your fingernails & your idea of a manicure is to cut them shorter - you find bobby pins, lip balm, drill bits, water nipples, and nails in your pockets - you get excited when you find a really cute flannel shirt - your hands are cut-up and calloused - you refer to farm animals with terms of endearment, such as “honey,” “babe,” and “darlin’.” - you daydream about being Laura Ingalls Wilder - you are thrilled with work gloves that fit your hands!- you wear your pajamas under your overalls - you change clothes in a hoophouse after getting soaked fixing a pig waterer - you talk to tractors - after re-doing your hair for the third time that morning, you give up on appearances and tell yourself you’re just a farm girl
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, March 7, 2011
we also have t-shirts and books!!
PASTURED BROILERS Raised ion moveable, floorless shelters, these meat birds net $2,000 per acre and cycle every 8 weeks. The ultimate alternative to vertically integrated, inhumane, industrial factory chickens.
SALAD BAR BEEF Mimicking the natural mobbing, moving, and mowing of native herbivores, cows receive a fresh pasture paddock of perennial polycultures every day. Beeves finish on grass rather than grain, eliminating feedlots and enhancing the environment.
EGGMOBILES Portable housing for laying hens, this production model utilizes birds as pasture sanitizers behind herbivores. An ideal stacking enterprise that creates income and high-quality eggs from salvage operations.
MILLENNIUM FEATHERNET Commercial pastured egg production utilizing high-tech electrified poultry netting and portable hoop structures—ultimately marrying the heritage “chickenness” of the chicken with the latest technological innovation for symbiosis.
PASTURED TURKEYS Portable Gobbledygos provide shelter for turkeys, especially aggressive poultry grazers.
PASTURED RABBIT Harepens give weanlings all the forage they want but with enough movement flexibility to stay ahead of pathogens. This model cuts feed costs dramatically and produces a rabbit in constant demand by the best gourmet chefs. A wonderfully quiet nutrient dense animal for small acreages and back yards.
PASTURED PORK See pigs on pasture, slowly converting wooded areas into savannahs. Portable feeders and electric fences provide hygienic and aesthetically pleasing outdoor production models. Its truly hog heaven.
VEGETABLES Polyface now offers a fully array of vegetables from hoop houses and beds utilizing microsites around the farm like barn eaves and southern terraces. This is an independent layers business operated by a former intern.
SAWMILL Lightweight and portable, bandsaw mills offer value added opportunities for woodlot owners and huge money savings for construction projects. The Polyface mill will be operating throughout the day.
CHIPPING Carbon and biomass accumulation can be generated efficiently on the farm with commercial PTO-powered chippers. Watch the Polyface chipper turn brush and slab wood into compost-sized nuggets.
WATER SYSTEMS From earthen ponds to gravity fed water, Polyface uses low-cost, low-tech systems to supply pressurized water to every corner of the farm.
ELECTRIC FENCING Do-it-yourself portable and low-cost electric fencing systems are the key to reducing costs and improving management. You’ll see new ideas for managing animals.
MULTIPLE USE HOOP HOUSES In the winter, these structures house rabbits, laying hens, and pigs. In the spring, summer and fall, Polyface enjoys season extension for vegetables under these tall tunnels.
TRADE SHOW Visit with organizations and suppliers that keep Polyface functioning smoothly. By invitation only, these businesses and groups will put you in touch with the latest greatest supplies and ideas in the pastured livestock and local food movement.
ACRES USA BOOKSTORE Arguably the most comprehensive selection of eco-friendly books in America, you’ll want to take home plenty of mind-expanding books to maintain the momentum gained during this memorable day.
Click here to make your reservations