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This is a small part of my mixed flock representing #heritagebreedsweek with @iamcountryside and @livestockconservancy! Did you know many of the amazing types of farm animals are threatened or endangered? You may have heard that we are losing biodiversity in the food crops that we grow and eat, but we’re also losing biodiversity in farm animals as well. I love the heritage breeds because they are often well suited to local weather, good at free ranging, make excellent mamas, plus they are just gorgeous. I’m not going to lie - I am attracted to beautiful creatures. ♀️ We’ve had lots of heritage breeds on our little homestead. Pictured here you can see a few of our newest heritage breeds: ✔️Swedish Duck ✔️Cayuga Duck ✔️Bronze Turkey ✔️Silver Laced Wyandotte Chicken ✔️Toulouse Goose Each of these birds is on the Heritage Conservancy’s watch list. One great thing about homesteading is supporting heritage livestock! Do you know anything about heritage breeds or have heritage livestock of your own? Share them with @iamcountryside the week! - #iamcountryside #backyardpoultrymag #countrysidechampion #backyardturkeys #backyardchickens #mixedflock #mixedflocksrule #backyardducks #backyardgeese #homesteadlife #countrysideandfarmlife #turkeysofinstagram #iowahomestead #heritagebreed #heritagebreeds #bronzeturkey #homesteadersofinstagram #homesteadersofamerica
May 21, 2019. Woke up to three inches of frozen mashed potatoes threatening both the burgeoning plant life and my own sunshine-starved heart with its cold, oppressive weight. The poor branches of the newly fledged chokecherry trees were bent almost to the breaking point under the crushing load of spring snow.
As the day wore on the temperature remained stubbornly just below freezing and the forecasted rain fell in large, fluffy wet flakes, slowly covering our green mountain world with a cumbersome blanket of white.
Out in the garden our tender seedlings hunkered down under the mounds of straw Zach and I had piled up over the freshly planted beds while the chickens likewise holed upside the warm safety of their coop.
Back inside the cabin we once again shuttered the windows against the cold and stoked the fire with our dwindling supply of wood.
Days like today demand copious amounts of comfort food and so I made a savory broccoli cheese soup with garlic bacon biscuits for supper. It went down fast and easy and bowls were licked clean.
Finally, bellies of both human and beast were sated, the kitchen tidied and a rascally baby bathed, powdered and jammied. The cabin lights extinguished and the little house blended into the dark of night that had settled across the mountain. We crawled under double woolen layers, snuggled in like sleepy bears and dreamt of a warm and sunny springtime as more snow drifted down outside.
Delicious kohlrabi in my greenhouse. Sown in January indoors and planted into my greenhouse in the beginning of March. #garden #garten #raw #organicgardening #organicfood #urbanorganicgardener #urbangardening #epicgardening #vegan #plantbased #thehappygardeninglife #happygardening #selfsufficient #homegrown #homesteadlife #backyardgardening #bethechange #kitchengarden #growfoodnotlawns #growyourownveggies #livethelifeyouwant #liveslowly #livewithnature #liveyourdream #KassiOlino #veggiegarden #veggiepatch