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Homestead Journal

Every homesteader should keep a journal. It is very helpful and often times enjoyable to look back through the past years. What was the weather like? When did we start the tomatoes? When did we put the addition on the chicken house?  Through reading a journal you get to relive your journey, learn from your mistakes and build on your successes. I will be sharing our weekly journal for our homestead below.

 

 

Homestead Journal 12/6/17

This is probably not the feature image you would imagine a Minnesota homestead would have in December. The cold weather has arrived and we feel like it is here to stay for the season. Which in some ways is nice. Now you we don’t have to wonder if we need a jacket and boots to…

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Homestead Journal 11/19/17

We missed posting last week so we are making sure to get a post out this week. Our time has been consumed with planning some indoor winter projects. Most of them are home improvement projects. During the work we do on the house we plan to start growing micro greens. We will start with a…

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Homestead Journal 11/5/17

We had a busy week filled with small projects and lots of planning. Rabbits: Weighed and moved Margie’s 6 kits to their grow out cage. Weighed our 11 week old rabbits from Rachel’s litter. They will be our next rabbits that we process. These ones should be ready for processing next weekend. Chickens: After the…

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Homestead Journal 10/29/17

This week we had our first snowfall. We were more prepared for it than we were last year but still didn’t get everything done that we wanted to. We are hoping that the snow will melt and we will be able to get a little more work done on the garden yet this year. Rabbits:…

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Homestead Journal 10/22/17

We have been getting so much accomplished this week! Both Brian and Kori took a vacation day from our paying jobs to work on the homestead. Even though the homestead work is twice as hard it is so rewarding. Rabbits:¬† Michelle had 11 kits. The kits were all over the cage and none of them…

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Homestead Journal 10/15/17

This was a very productive week for us. We had our first frost which reminded us that winter is on the way! Rabbits: With the temperature dropping down at night into the 20’s and 30’s we gave Piper’s kits a nesting box again so they could cuddle together and stay warm. I am sure that…

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Homestead Journal 10/8/17

Had a GREAT week! So much progress made on cleaning up for winter. The weather was great this weekend and we had help on the homestead. Squeezed in some time for a nice walk around the property. Thank you Kevin for all of your help this weekend. Rabbits: Pipers 10 kits are all alive and…

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Homestead Journal 10/1/17

Very exciting week for us at Happy Hills Homestead! Brian got his first deer bow hunting. We have done a lot of work to get a food plot set up in the woods behind our field for hunting. There is still a lot of work to do but we have a good start and it…

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Homestead Journal 9/24/17

There are signs of fall at the homestead this week. The leaves are starting to change color and are already falling off the trees. Before we know it the ground will be covered with snow and we will have all of the winter challenges of homestead life to deal with. But for now we will…

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Homestead Journal 9/17/17

We decided a little while back that we would not purchase anymore rabbits and just start growing out our own. That ended on Friday evening when the woman that we purchased our first rabbits from needed to get rid of some animals quickly. It was a crazy evening! We had just dropped my car off…

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