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What Really Happens When You Drop a Cat Off at a Farm

Yesterday afternoon, I took the short walk across my yard to the other side of our barn to take some pictures of my Concord Grape Vine for an upcoming post and was met with the sad eyes of a scrawny cat. I wish I could say I was surprised by the sudden appearance of a juvenile cat …

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Covering the hoop house with new plastic (Spring 2017)

I thought it might be fun to share some of our farming activities today. Believe it or not, my husband has already been out planting sweet corn, but today we are talking tomatoes! A few years ago the farm added a hoop house (or unheated greenhouse, or high tunnel) to extend the growing season. You know …

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Secrets to Surviving the Winter With Chickens From The Chicken Coop

If you’ve kept chickens during the cold winter months before you know just how challenging this can be. Here in the Finger Lakes it can get down to a chilly -12°F, which can make chickens very unhappy! In these conditions, if you’ve managed to stop their water freezing and can keep their coop warm, you’re …

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Summer at Last: Making Hay while the sun shines

“Making hay while the sun shines,” is an old traditional phrase, basically it is a reminder to make good use of your time or make the most of an opportunity while you have the chance. There is no set harvest date for hay,  in an ideal world hay would be cut before the grasses reach …

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