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Farm Name: Sutters Woods Organic Farm

Year Farm Established: 2008

Location: Cleveland, TX

Years I’ve been farming: 5 years

Animals I raise: chickens

Crops I grow: tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelon, okra, blue berries, jalapenos, bell peppers, banana peppers, squash, herbs, fruit trees

Hobbies I enjoy: photography, sharing nature with children, gardening, permaculture, reading, drawing, growing orchids, watching the moon when it's full!, hiking in the woods, the smell of rain, the smell of freshly mown hay, the feeling of being embraced by nature!

Club/Associations memberships: Certified Permaculture Designer, Permaculture Guild of Houston, Montgomery County Beekeepers Assoc., Urban Harvest member, Keep Cleveland Beautiful committee member, Environmental Director for the Community & Children's IMPACT Center

The proudest moment on my farm: When we became a certified wildlife habitat through National Wildlife federation

Pets: 2 dogs, 20 chickens, 4 geckos, 2 parakeets, 2 box turtles, 8 water turtles, and 5 kids!

Farm Motto: Community & Susainability in motion


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  Hi Amanda!! How is the spring planning coming along? Are you itching to get out there???! Thankfully my plant catalogs have been pouring in, so I can pour over! haha. There are SO many beautiful plants out there, and of course I want them ALL!
Surprisingly, all our chickens kept laying eggs all through the cold spell! The rooster got a little frostbite on his topknot tips, but he's doing fine. Hope you're doing well,
Bonnie

Come visit me, RailRidge.

03/01/2010 09:32.28 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi Amanda,
Hope your holidays were great and the rain has stopped! We got sleet and a bit of fluffy snow up on this end. Nothing stuck, though; except to the pond and gravel drive! ha! It's pretty at dusk when the trees turn dark and the pond is illuminated. Especially with the full moon we just had!

I know what you mean about not wanting to cut down any trees; I hate to sacrifice them, but sometimes necessary. I think having a hoop house would be great! At some point you might even be able to raise butterflies in there too!!

What kind of mushrooms are you looking to start? We've been harvesting a small crop of white button's the past couple of months; at one point we forgot to check on them and they spread out like pancakes!!! Still edible, just not so pretty.... haha The stems got too woody to eat though.
Spring is Morel hunting in the woods, and then we do corals. Yum!
When you're checking out your trees, if you have any Ash, Elm, or Apple growing, those are good ones to find the mushrooms under.

There aren't too many people around us that like to can anymore, it definitely is a dying trend. Too easy to buy canned from the store anymore and takes up too much of people's time. I'm thankful that my husband thinks it's "fun time" together instead of watching tv! We also do a lot of freezing now, too.

He baked me a cake for my birthday using a recipe out of my great grandmother's cookbook.... what a hunney!
I had put it away for safe keeping since it's an 1896 copy; but what the heck. Things should be used! And it was a great present to see my G Gma's, Gma's, AND my mother's handwriting along the margins adding tips, etc. to their favorite recipes! I remember as a kid my mom telling me that it was the recipe book she learned how to cook out of!

Talk to you soon,
Bonnie

If you'd like to contact me for easier emailing, my email is faith59@TDS.net

Come visit me, RailRidge.

01/02/2010 03:37.23 PM Report This Comment  
  Raining for days...
Been raining for a few days here! Tired of being inside, waiting for spring. Thinking of incubating some eggs and planting some grass seed this week. Will begin a few things inside. Hope Everyone has a great 1ST!

Come visit me, Sutters Woods Organic Farm.

12/30/2009 01:30.59 PM Report This Comment  
  Howdy
Thank you so very much for the comment. I have always wanted Mustangs so this has been a big dream come true. I will try to get more photos asap. I took some today of them playing in the snow, I will have to down load them and see how they came out.. Its great to meet another Texan. We lived in Spring (right on the edge of The Woodlands for 10 years).. Hope to hear from you again..

Come visit me, Shootin Starrz.

12/29/2009 08:01.16 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the comments on my photos; looking forward to seeing more of yours on here! Yes, I agree, I really enjoy the magazine with all its info!! We have a hatchery close by, so are also planning to add more chickies this spring. Can't hardly wait! The plant and seed catalogs are coming in, so I'm really starting to get the bug! Hope I can hold out 3 months!!! haha.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Bonnie

Come visit me, RailRidge.

12/28/2009 02:36.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome to Hobby Farms! Good to see another organic!! My mother and grandfather were organic growers, too. And nope, it's not as hard as some make it out to be!! Definitely worth it.

Come visit me, RailRidge.

12/26/2009 08:53.52 PM Report This Comment  
  Always learning...
I have learned that Permaculture right along with farming is a constant learning process. Just about the time you think you have something figured out, an elder comes along and tells you that your doing it all wrong. LOL! I am learning that just because that's the way it was done in the good ol days, isn't necessarily safe for the planet, animals or man. Learning to work WITH nature is not as hard as it seems. Always looking for advice from those who have been doing this a lot longer. Any suggestions is always appreciated!

Come visit me, Sutters Woods Organic Farm.

12/26/2009 02:34.30 PM Report This Comment  

 



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