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  1. Thanks so much for stopping by Posed Perfection and leaving the sweet note about the Simple Burlap Candle Holder. It was so easy to make. I would love for you to come back and visit anytime. Feel free to click the “Follow Me” button to add Posed Perfection to your GFC. Have a blessed week! ~Nici

  2. I stumbled across your site from ‘Farm Chic Chit Chat’. I was excited that your in Oklahoma. I live in Broken Arrow. New to the farm/homestead concept and looking to learn all I can from you all. Good work!

  3. I also stumbled on your blog through Pintrest. We live on an acreage in SE Oklahoma (Ada.) I love all things organic, gardening, cooking, and self-sufficiency. Last year my “new” interest was chickens. This year I’ve added bees. Look forward to getting to know you better through your blog. All the best!

    • Hi Kathy! It is always nice to meet a fellow Oklahoman! Thanks so much for “dropping by”. We just got our chickens last month and are really enjoying them.

    • Yes! We had our pond rounded out and dug a little deeper. It had been a large puddle more or less. Our initial quote was quite high, but we found someone who was able to do the job for much less. For a long time we just had mud for a back yard but in a few months the grass grew back. We do have a large pile of dirt still :( but a neighbor has indicated that he’d like to take it for fill dirt so now we’re just waiting for the weather to dry enough that he can get in here with his truck. We’ve been very happy with it. We’ve talked briefly about stocking it. Not sure if we’ll actually do that or not.

  4. That’s awesome. We had stocked ours last fall with minnows, bluegill and 5 grass carp. Can’t say the carp have made a difference. Then our neighbor suggested we fish his pond for largemouth bass & put them in our pond instead of paying for small ones this spring. We did that and now can see billions of little ones up near the shore (staying away from the bigger fish). Our pond isn’t that big–about 1/4-1/3 acre and 4′-9′ deep. But we are so enjoying the wildlife at the pond (not too happy about the raccoon and coyote prints in the mud and also not happy when the herons visit and EAT MY FISH–you become very territorial and protective when you PAY to put the fish in the water!!!!!), frogs, turtles, fish, a few snakes and interesting birds. I bought a paddle boat this summer and enjoy puttering around in that, too. We have to fuss with keeping the level up, but we have well water that we pump in whenever we need to. I have had a pond maintenance guy out–he sprayed (not chemicals per se but stuff to suck some of the O2 out to kill the algae) and added black to keep the algae growth down. He knows I do things organically/naturally. But we really do need to add a fountain for water movement and oxygenation. I just don’t want to look like a golf course pond! lol Good luck with yours! I’ll be anxious to hear what you decide to do. Happy Farming!
    Susan

    • I’m glad to hear about your fish. We have racoons and cranes? herons? too. I’ve never seen the racoons but I’ve seen their tracks. Fortunately we’ve not had a problem yet with our chickens. I think our pond is about the same size although perhaps deeper in some places. We have a lot of little turtles and a snake or two. Water snakes, not water moccasins so I’m not too terribly concerned at the moment and we haven’t seen him since last spring. We probably will stock it at some point, and we went ahead and contacted a hatchery to get a price but at the moment we’re feeling a bit overwhelmed with everything else and weren’t quite ready to add another thing. Right now we just enjoy watching it. :)

  5. I totally understand. I keep saying we are not going to add any more animal species to the farm this year and then I go and get another breed of goat and a herd of alpacas (coming in September)! And more chicks. And another horse. And my youngest is getting a couple of pigs in October/November to show in 4H in January. Then sheep in April. And if he really likes all that, cattle next fall. Ay-yi-y-!!!!!! I’m hoping to get the little Meat and Three in town to buy my green beans from me next year–thinking of going wholesale with that & the rest of the garden just for us. I’ll sell eggs, too. Just sold a goat & maybe some turkeys. Hang in there!

    • Let me know how the pig and cattle go (and the sheep and the goats :P ) We’re a few years away from all that but I think that is something we’d really like to do. We have the space for it, just no fencing or shelter yet.

  6. The goats are super awesome (a year ago I would have checked myself into the looney bin if I had ever thought I’d say that). They are really sweet and we LOVE the fresh milk. I belonged to a winter CSA for veggies & yogurt this past winter, as it was our first year at the farm & I didn’t have everything up and running. I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do over the winter veggie-wise. I bought & assembled a 10′x12′ greenhouse (have never had one before) so am anxious to see how that turns out. I’ll keep you posted on the animals. I hear pigs are great & super easy. We’ll see!

  7. Jenny, I am a 73 year old granny who was raised on a farm and still loves farming. I spend as much of my free time as I can reading your blog and others on your website and relive many of the jobs you talk about. The problem with aging is that nature takes away much of the strength that is needed to handle daily chores on a farm. So I have had to down size to a few chickens, one pig, two cows with new babies and a few rabbits which leaves a lot of time to be filled. I still work full time for a University and I have home hobbies such as quilting by hand, crocheting, and cooking. I also write short stories about my life in hopes that someday my grandchildren will enjoy reading them. When my son was three 3 years old, (he is 42 now) I made up a story for him about a little donkey named Patches who carried Mary to Bethlehem for the birth of our Savior. In 1991 I self published a children’s book by that name for just a few of my friends and family members. Now it is being re-released through a publisher in California. I know that most of you girls I read about on your blogs have children and this is a wonderful story to read to your child. My question is, would you be interested in having the website where the book can be ordered and perhaps share it with the other bloggers?. Thanks you so much for all the wonderful stories you and your fellow homesteader friends have written. You have no idea how much joy you bring to others like me who can no longer do what you are doing. May God bless each of you in all your endeavors………..jb

  8. Hi Jenny
    We have a small organic farm in Sulphur, OK. Our son is teaching us the art. One thing he did to get rid of the Bermuda grass in our fields was to till the plot and plant Sorghum Sudan grass during the summer. He then cut the grass and tilled it in right BEFORE it went to seed. (If its still too hot, cut the grass and let it grow again). He fallowed by planting a winter cover crop. The winter cover crop needs to be tilled in February so it has time to decompose before your spring planting. We edged the plot with hay and are Bermuda free in the plots. We do rotate crops 6 times a year so the seeds don’t have time to root for long. The edges need to be worked at times to keep the grass from coming end but its minimal compared to before.

    • Hi Vivian, It is so nice to meet another Oklahoman! Thanks for your tips on getting rid of the bermuda. I will pass this info on to my husband and see if it is something we might be able to try. Blessings on your work in Sulphur. :)

  9. Sorry! I just found that you have a note here stating that you would like to grant permission (or not) when sharing photos. I confess that I have done so quite liberally as I am an enthusiast and wish to share as I seek out others who might be interested in returning to this lifestyle here in Washington State. See my facebook page Cocoon Community I am just starting for more. I await your word on sharing. Best of luck to you.
    Lynda

    • Hi Lynda, Thank you so much for your interest in our site. We’re always happy to meet other homesteaders. Which photos and content were you wanting to share?

  10. Love the name of your farm,thought you might be interested in knowing,I live on Black Fox Road in Tennessee.This actually a small community in east Tennessee,we have 10 acres and also do organic farming,how did you decide on the name?We have donkeys,so I call our place the half-ass farm.This community got it’s name a long time ago,when an Indian stopped by a spring for a drink of cool water,and someone was afraid and shot him,Black Fox was his name,and they found later he was a very respected man.

    • Nancy that is really interesting. One doesn’t hear of Black Foxes very often. Our town was named for a Cherokee Chief whose name was Black Fox. We liked it, and decided to call our homestead after him too. Wonder if this was the same guy? :)

  11. This very well could have been the same Indian,he was from the Cherokee tribe.I understand you are in Oklahoma,and Tennessee and Oklahoma aren’t that far from each other.If I can find more history on this I will certainly stay in contact

  12. Hi Jenny, I read your reply to my comment on the Transplants article. I live in Oklahoma also! The tent of fabric over the lights and sprouting plants on their heat mat is enough to keep them thriving through our unpredictable late winters here! Looking forward to exploring more of your site!

    • Thank you for that Debra! I’m so happy to hear that and to meet a fellow Oklahoman! As soon as we get our garage cleaned up then out they will go. :)

  13. Your history is inspirational and much like ours – two city kids who got married, worked hard and saved their money and found what they really longed for was country living with a garden, chickens etc. Its now 48 years later and we are still here and still loving it! We’ve raised 2 boys in that time, also many flocks of chickens, geese, turkey, ducks, pigs and had a small flock of sheep for many years. We both love learning of different breeds of livestock and how to raise them & value the old methods and values of our grandparent’s era. We are senior citizens and back to just the two of us now and with back problems can’t lift heavy hay bales etc. so confine ourselves to a garden, a small flock of chickens, 7 geese, 5 ducks and raise a few meat chickens every summer for our freezer. My husband is the green thumb in our family and has a big garden & we freeze or can what we are able. We’ve learned how to do all that over the years from books. We also had 3 ponds dug just to watch the wildlife & stocked them with fish. One is right behind our house so I can throw fish food into it from the 2nd story deck. Its also within the fenced in area for our poultry so we enjoy watching the geese & duck frolic in the summer months. I love reading your posts that come to my Facebook page – there’s nothing better than the country way of life in my estimation! You are doing a wonderful job at it!

    • Hi Linda! Thank you. :) I’ve enjoyed visiting with you on Facebook and am so glad to hear more about your country background. A flock of chickens, seven geese, five ducks, and three stocked ponds in addition to a garden still sounds like a lot to me! We look forward to getting ducks someday. We thought about jumping right in this year, but I felt that it was a little bit too much so we just decided to expand our flock of chickens and get a few meat birds. Next summer maybe ~ I’ll look forward to your advice and your feedback. Best wishes on your garden this upcoming growing season!

  14. If you get ducks you will love to watch them cavorting in the pond. That’s really one of the reasons we got geese. I always wanted swans but they are too expensive. But we do raise them for meat as well so only name the adults we are saving and harvest any they hatch for the freezer. The one pair raised 7 goslings two years ago but only one this year – it was female so we saved her in the flock. I love roast goose and it is so expensive in the stores and hard to find. We have Muscovy ducks because we wanted to raise them for meat too. Apparently they get butchering size in only a few months and the meat is leaner than grass fed beef! But we’ve only had one duckling hatched last year from our two pairs so that little project isn’t flourishing, haha. One thing about Muscovies – they are absolutely quiet. Any other breed are constantly quacking and sometimes in the summer and at breeding season it can drive you crazy especially since they are all chasing the females in a mad frenzy. We are finding Muscovies to be so much quieter not only in voice but in activity than the Pekins and Rouens we raised. So that’s something to think about. But whether its chickens, ducks or geese they are all fun to raise and care for and when harvested you know they have had a good life enjoying the outdoors & been cared and protected. We have also been experimenting with raising heritage chickens not only for eggs but for meat – hoping we wouldn’t have to buy Cornish Cross meat chicks every year from the hatchery. That has not worked out – the Cornish Crosses are so much better! Grow to size in 8 weeks (verses 6 months) so take less feed and the meat is so much tenderer – so there is a reason why they are used exclusively for supermarket sold chicken! So we’ve resigned ourselves to buying some every summer to raise but keep the heritage breed for eggs just to keep that breed going so they won’t die out. We have a small flock of White Dorkings which are a foundation breed (one of the oldest) and are used in the breeding of other breeds like Buff Orpingtons and the White Rocks etc. So that’s life here on our little farm in Western New York. We are expecting a big snow storm of another foot of snow tonight so have to get out and get more chicken feed at the mill today before the storm hits and our barn driveway gets impassable. Lovely to chat with you!
    Linda

    • I had heard that about Muscovies. The hatchery where we are planning to order our chickens has quite a selection of muscovie ducks. We do like duck meat so we will at some point give them a try. I am concerned a bit about predators but we do have a large pond. How can one have a pond and not have ducks? Geese we’ve talked about too but I’ve heard they can be mean.

      Stay safe and warm with your cold weather! It is cold here too and we’re also supposed to get snow tonight.

  15. Everyone has that notion about geese but only at breeding season if the goose is setting on eggs is her mate protective and will try to keep everyone away from her – otherwise they run from me (I’m top goose, haha).. Nice thing about geese is that they are total grass feeders – only once the grass is gone during the winter are they given corn or some type of grain feed. I put Scratch free choice in their building for them during the winter which is a mix of corn and wheat from our feed mill – our Muscovies get that too during the winter. However, in the summer the geese come into the chicken coop and help themselves to the hens laying mash pellets and I don’t make any effort to stop them – they are smart!.But if they were separated from the free range chickens and couldn’t enter their coop, they would do fine on just pasture.

  16. When making the dust ruffle, should you make the deck narrower since you are adding 4 inches to both sides and the end with the band of fabric?

    • Hi Gina, If I am understanding your question correctly, no you would not need to do that. The band is sewn directly on top of the deck, with the raw edges of the deck and the raw edges of the band even. The band acts as additional reinforcement along the edge, it is not an extension. Does that make sense?

  17. Hello, fellow Jennifer! I was ridiculously excited when I stumbled across your blog through Pinterest. I grew up not too far from your homestead, in rural Muskogee county. I live in the Pacific Northwest now, but I have fond memories of dirt roads and my own small town (Warner, pop. 1,400). My sweetie and I moved up here two years ago, and your photos are a welcome taste of home. I just wanted to thank you for that :)

    • Oh wow! I know the Muskogee area well, I’d say we’re about an hours’ drive or so from that area. Oklahoma is a great state. :) It’s so nice to meet you!

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