My Top 5 Favorite Seed Companies

My Top 5 Favorite Seed Companies

If you are new to gardening or overwhelmed by all of the seed catalogs out there, I’m here to help you narrow it down to the best seed companies that I have purchased from.  So if you have a mountain of seed catalogs on your kitchen table because you don’t know where to start or […]

How to Raise Chicks Simplified

How to Raise Chicks Simplified

We received our chicks this morning!  I decided to get the brown egg layer assortment this year.  I’m not exactly sure what’s what and who’s who, but my children have already named a few of our soon-to-be hens!  I did notice that two of them are the Turkens, with the bald neck and head……………my thoughts […]

Creating a Sustainable Christmas: One Decor Choice at a Time

Creating a Sustainable Christmas: One Decor Choice at a Time

Christmas. It’s that time of year to fill landfills with wrapping paper, plastic packaging, and emptied gift cards. What is a sustainable farming family to do? Making the holidays more eco-friendly for the planet and our family has been a process. Gradually switching to growing our own foods and storing them away for the winter, choosing to shop […]

2013 Born-Again Farm Prayer Day

2013 Born-Again Farm Prayer Day

Today is the start of a new day, a Farm Prayer Day.  Thanks to Redeeming the Dirt blogger and farmer, Noah Sanders for sharing this wonderful idea.  God is the Creator of all things, so shouldn’t we be honoring Him with how we farm/homestead no matter how big or small our land is? A Born-Again […]

How To Make and Can Sauerkraut

How To Make and Can Sauerkraut

Making and canning sauerkraut is pretty simple, but it takes a little time and patience. The results are well worth it!  Let me share with you how I do it and remember, I like simple, nothing fancy here on the Shock farm, including making sauerkraut! Here is what you need: 20 lbs cabbage 3/4 cup […]

How To Make Tea and Potpourri with Apple Peels

How To Make Tea and Potpourri with Apple Peels

With apple season comes many leftover apple scraps.  We usually give our scraps to our feeder pigs and chickens, but some of you might not have these animals to feed or a compost to fill.  Maybe you have piggies and a compost pile, but just want to use the scraps for something else.  Or, maybe […]