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Sometimes Being A Farmer Sucks!

It’s been a few weeks now since Tyler posted that Poppy , one of our lowline cows, was ready have her yak x calf “any day now”.  Clearly, we are still learning the signs and everything as we go.  She started having a lot of discharge on Feb 10, so that was our first indication that we should move her in behind the barn.  Temperatures were still dropping as low as -30*C at times, so we wanted to be able to put her into the barn when the time came.  Every day, we would go out and check her, multiple times. We were looking for all the signs that would come as the day got closer. There were quite a few times where we would check her and it would look as if her back end was getting looser and her udder was filling, but it took quite a while for Read More

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Making Kombucha

Kombucha is one of our favorite drinks.  Not only does it taste good, it is good for you!  I am far from an expert on the topic, but want to share the information that I have learned.  What is kombucha? Kombucha is a fermented beverage made using tea, sugar & a SCOBY.  It contains b-vitamins, antioxidants, probiotics & beneficial acids. What is a SCOBY? SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.  It is a mass of beneficial bacteria and yeast that work together to ferment sweet tea.  A SCOBY is also called a “mother”.  As the “mother” works to ferment the sweet tea, a new “baby” SCOBY will form a layer on top to protect the brew. What are the benefits of kombucha? Though kombucha has been around for thousands of years, there have been few studies done on the benefits of it. Many claims have Read More

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New Life On The Farm?

So first, a little bit about my “knowledge” of farming.  I lived in town until I was 8 years old then we moved out to a nice 10 acre acreage.  My mom’s side of the family were cattle farmers, Grandpa raised hereford cattle and did everything with horses, so of course mom had us riding from the time we were very young and horses were one of the first animals we had on the acreage.  We also had a flock of chickens and some pygmy and fainting goats.  My brother and I had pet dwarf bunnies that we loved and cared for and we even made a little of our own money selling the babies to a local pet store.                                                           We never Read More

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Healthy Fruit Snacks

Have you ever looked at the ingredients in store bought fruit flavored snacks?  A popular brand of ‘real fruit snacks’ contains fruit puree, along with the following ingredients (just to name a few). corn syrup (GMO) sugar (GMO) modified cornstarch (GMO) lactic acid (GMO) Red 40 Blue 1 Did you know that Red 40 is made from petroleum distillates and coal tars?  YUCK!  It has also been linked to food intolerance symptoms and hyperactivity in children. What if I told you that you could make your own fruit snacks that were high in protein, with no added sugar?  This recipe uses 2 ingredients and takes about 15 minutes.  I use Great Lakes Gelatin, which is made from grass fed, pasture raised cows and contains 88-92% protein; and 100% pure organic fruit juice (grape & wild blueberry are favorites in our house). Pour the fruit juice into a medium saucepan and Read More

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Movin’ To The Country

We are Tyler & Cassandra Preston. We were married in 2010 and have two wonderful little boys, Wyatt & Everett. After Wyatt was born in 2011, we decided that we didn’t want to raise him in the city. In 2013, we bought a 12.6 acre acreage about a half hour out of the city, so we could fulfill our dream of country living, but still continue to work at our current jobs. We had plans to get a couple horses and some other pets, but never even thought about raising our own food. After purchasing a miniature horse and a miniature donkey, Tyler started to look into other little animals we could have on our acreage. He came across yaks and small breeds of cattle, which we had never heard of before. After looking into the benefits of them, it led us to research how the food we were eating Read More