Monday, March 30, 2015

More About the Farms - Our Second Location

It didn't take long to realize that we needed more space to raise our animals and plant bigger gardens.  Our second location is about 45 minutes north of our first location and gives us 12 acres to work with. At this location, we keep a little more than half of our chickens plus our bourbon red turkeys.
We are also continually adding to our orchard/ food forest here. In addition, the acreage allows us to grow lots of food for the animals.  

Because of the predators in the area, we have to keep our hens in moveable pens with protective tops. The girls are moved a few times a day, allowing them to stay on pasture and enjoy greens and bugs every day.  Some of what we grow for them is grasses such as clover and alfalfa. We also grow some of their grains and seeds such as wheat and this season we are also planting a field of sunflowers for the girls. 

Our food forest includes pecans, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, fig, pears, mulberries and more.  
We lost our entire fall veggie crop to wild bunnies, so this spring we are trying flowers and more herbs at this location instead. 

I really thought I had more pics on my phone, but it appears I don't, so I will take more and post them as soon as I can. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Little About the Farms

Three years ago, we launched The City Girl's Market Garden as a farm and farmers market business. At the time, everything was housed on our tiny neighborhood lot (about 1/6 acre).   We have grown and changed a lot in the last three years. We now have three different areas where we grow plants and raise animals. I thought it might be fun to show y'all what we have and at where it lives and grows. :-)

The original location is in town, hence the name City Girl.  At this location, we have some of our fruit trees and vines (fig, lemon, raspberries, grapes), our herb gardens, some of our flowers and our family's chickens.   We also have one duck at this location, 

Several bunnies (some for meat and 

one is a pet) and one flock of quail. 

Plus we incubate at this location as well.  This means we have several different groups of young birds.  This is also where we start seeds for our flowers, veggies and herbs. 

We also have a few cats and a big ole German Shepherd who are beloved family pets. 

I'll try to find/ take more pics around the urban farm and post them.  And I'll try to post again soon with a bit about our second farm location.