Posts written by: Melissa @ Ever Growing Farm

2017 Kitchen Garden Plans – Three Sisters

2017 Kitchen Garden Plans – Three Sisters

At the end of the season last year I was 98% sure we wouldn't plant a kitchen garden at all this year. This decision was two-fold: We'd had our asses handed to us throughout the season and With my new job working alongside the Farmers' Market, I had fresh produce available for the purchasing multiple times a week But as…
Just for Fun – Slow Motion Chicken Antics Video

Just for Fun – Slow Motion Chicken Antics Video

I was given some apples yesterday by one of our local farmers which made the chickens so incredibly happy! Apples!!! In February?! WooHoo!!! While taking some shots for Instagram, I became enthralled with their behaviors and decided to take a slow motion video to try to capture some of their mannerisms in a way that could be looked at a…
On My Sixth Blogiversary

On My Sixth Blogiversary

Today marks, officially, my sixth Blogiversary. Six years of writing in this space. Six years of documenting the ups and downs, ins and outs of all things urban farming first, and rural homesteading/hobby farming second... In 1,230 published posts (including this one)! Whew! And so, I'm obviously spending a bit of time reflecting today on the evolution of this space…
Defective

Defective

We purchased a defective incubator and I am so heartbroken about it. Two days ago I shared my excitement around the two incubation processes happening on the farm and how the conversations around these processes with Ember have evolved. Two nights ago our incubator started losing temp rapidly. We googled what could be happening and reread the manual and finally…
On Eating and Incubating Eggs with a Three-Year-Old

On Eating and Incubating Eggs with a Three-Year-Old

I've spent a lot of time thinking about Ember's ability to mentally process the fact that some eggs are for eating and some eggs are for hatching and what that really means for all eggs. At three, she's developmentally at a point in which she questions everything, which is both invigorating and exhausting. She challenges me to think about my…
If we were having coffee…

If we were having coffee…

If we were having coffee... I'd greet you with a big, fat hug and thank you for joining me on this gloomy February day! The sun has been shining on all the peaks and valleys, the blue skies whispering of Spring, and the warmth of the days has been calling me outside, begging for movement and action...until today! Yes, it…
Great Pyrenees Puppy

Great Pyrenees Puppy

Kim and I have talked, at length, about getting another Great Pyrenees puppy. Really, since before we even brought Akuna onto the farm, having two Great Pyrenees LGDs has always been part of the conversation. In the whirlwind that has been our lives over the past two years, though, it never seemed like the "right time" to bring another dog…