Tag Archives: hobby farming

Lessons learned from farming in winter: snow fences work, eventually

After a pleasantly mild fall and then a lovely warm week on a beach over Christmas, reality has set in.  There is no longer any doubt about what season this is; the instant piles of snow and very cold temps and wind (-20C/-4F) … Continue reading

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The fable of the porcupine and the cows

Communication is important; nobody disputes that.  Miscommunication can be as a result of differences in use of language, imprecise use of language, contextual or cultural misunderstandings, interpretation based on false information, hearing impairments, or simply not listening.  Interpretation based on … Continue reading

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Lessons from raising pigs

During our time in the country, once we expanded our farm inventory to include animals, our menagerie – and annual home-grown supply of food – wouldn’t have been complete without a few pigs.  The spring during which our farm population … Continue reading

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The fable of the fox and the ducks

One year during our time on our farm, one of our neighbours acquired 4 white ducks. Whether for pets or meat I’m not sure.  They were kept in an enclosure behind the neighbour’s house, at the end of his driveway.  … Continue reading

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Lessons from raising horses

The title of this piece is somewhat inaccurate.  I don’t think we could say that we actually raised our horses.  We had a horse and she produced a baby horse. The mama definitely raised her colt; we just watched and … Continue reading

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Where did the family farms go? Does it matter?

When we were farming, over 30 years ago now, we were just hobby farmers.  We had day jobs; our farming exploits provided us with new adventures, new learning experiences, unbelievable food, and beautiful animals in our pastures and barns.  Of … Continue reading

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Lessons from raising cows

I have always loved cows.  I grew up far from any cows, but whenever my family had occasion to drive in rural areas – usually when visiting our grandparents and cousins in upstate New York – I loved seeing them … Continue reading

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Lessons from raising chickens

If you are ever in doubt about the risks and responsibilities undertaken on a regular basis by farmers, you will be convinced quickly by giving hobby farming a try.  Every day we farmed we learned, and our admiration for real … Continue reading

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