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Chicken waterer photo contest

Started Sep 3, 2009

Giving away my old veggie seeds

Started Nov 30, 2008

Free grapevines!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Anna Aug 21, 2009.

Walden Effect


Goat bridge

So, you know how they tell you not to jump into a new relationship right away after a very important breakup? That's extremely good advice. The trouble is that Aurora started screaming the minute we carried her mother out of the barn. For her sake, we couldn't wait. So we went to check out John and Jeanne's farm in Lee County.

Dwarf nigerians

I'd already cried a couple of gallons at that point, but was doing my best to put on a good face. Still, I have to admit I wasn't 100% as I picked out our new doeling from a herd of twenty contenders.


How can I be so sure I was off the mark? Well, when we got our new doeling home, she peeed...without squatting...and I realized we'd accidentally purchased a wether. Oops. Now what're we gonna do?

RIP Artemesia

June 2014 - February 20, 2017

We loved you, Artemesia. You were far more than a goat and I feel lucky to have enjoyed even such a short time as part of your herd.

May the honeysuckle be copious and the pastures green on your side of the fence. We'll never forget you.

A friend for Aurora

Baby goats

Despite a niggling sense of deep disloyalty, we decided Saturday that Aurora needs a new friend. So I called up the folks who were disbudding style="font-family: Nimbus Roman No9 L;"> their Dwarf Nigerians at the same time Aurora's little horns were being burnt off.

"Any chance you have a goat for sale?" I asked.

"We've got several," they answered. "Come on over Monday."

Life goes on. Today we're taking a trip to see how those little cuties look all grown up.

Virtual road trip with goat


Holding a sick goat in your arms for a long February day is like experiencing a road trip as a child. You have a vague idea of where you're going and why, but no control over the route or how long it will take to get there.

If you're lucky, your seat mate brought some cud to chew and is willing to submit to the boredom of joint napping. Otherwise, it will be a long series of "No, don't eat my notebook. No, don't jump on your mother. No, just style="font-style: italic; font-family: Nimbus Roman No9 L;"> style="font-style: italic;"> style="font-style: italic;"> no style="font-family: Nimbus Roman No9 L;">." style="font-style: italic; font-family: Nimbus Roman No9 L;">

Visiting chickens

The sights alternate between seemingly endless monotony and moments of surprising wonder. Like when the chickens travel far outside their usual stomping grounds and come to call.

You've never brought enough books. Or at least not quite the right books. But it somehow doesn't matter because you end up suspended in an endless now.

And if it's an overnight trip? Well, then you sleep fitfully and wake early, hoping today's road will be straighter, the path less windy, and the destination more clear.

Thank you all for the secondhand hope. It's much appreciated.

Chain suspended counter one year update

Chain table update one year later.

We've been using the chain suspended counter for a year now.

The chains are pretty much out of the way once you get used to their location.


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Chicken waterer photo contest

We're running a chicken waterer photo contest over on our Avian Aqua Miser website for the next two weeks. One lucky winner will get three free waterers, and we'll be showcasing several honorable mention photos on our site.We'll judge the photos based on artistic merit, how cute we think your birds are, and how interesting your setup is. Did you find a unique way to hang your waterer, or did you put together your DIY kit in a special…See More
Sep 3, 2009
Anna replied to Anna's discussion 'Free grapevines!'
"Sorry to disappoint you, but you'll notice that I had the grape vines almost a year ago --- they're long gone now!"
Aug 21, 2009
richy replied to Anna's discussion 'Free grapevines!'
"free can i have some"
Aug 20, 2009
Anna is now friends with richy and Fostermamas
Aug 16, 2009
richy replied to Anna's discussion 'Free grapevines!'
"any free grape vines"
Aug 4, 2009

Profile Information

What kind of HOMEGROWN are you?
100% Homegrown
A bit about me:
My husband and I have been farming in southwest Virginia since 2006. I don't seem to get over here much to update, but you can read all about my adventures on our homesteading blog.
Latest greatest meal cooked at home:
All farm meals are currently my favorite --- two or three kinds of in season veggies, a fruit from the farm, and our home grown eggs. Simple, but feels so good to grow it all ourselves!
My latest DIY project:
Our biggest DIY project was developing a chicken waterer that never spills or fills with poop. We liked it so much that after months of testing we went public and have been shipping waterers to backyard chicken keepers all over the world!
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At 11:21am on October 27, 2008, Cornelia said…
Hi Anna - welcome! Looking forward to learning more about our journey.

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