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Farm Name: Hoag Farm

Year Farm Established: 2007

Years I’ve been farming: 8 years

Animals I raise: Hogs, Chickens, Rabbits

Crops I grow: Tomatoes, Peppers, Corn, Peas, Herbs

Hobbies I enjoy: gardening, singing, reading, writing, cooking, basket weaving, hiking, fishing,and doing history research.

Club/Associations memberships: United Daughters of the Confederacy, Dade Battlefield Society, Interdenominati- onal Worship Center

The proudest moment on my farm: growing and using my herbs!

Pets: Daisy, Bo, Luke & Lily

Farm Motto: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. What do workers gain from their toil? I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. Ecclesiastes 3:1-14

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  New additions!
We have five new additions to Hoag Hollow Farm! Two black and white rabbits on Saturday, and three Pekin duck chicks, yesterday! The potatoes are up as of last week! One strawberry plant came up, out of ten, so much for guaranteed to grow! Oh well, my herbs are doing fantastic! I’m hoping to sell some of them once I transplant them from the greenhouse. I bought more seeds at Lowes! Buy one, get one free, how can you pass that up? I also FINALLY got azaleas to go around the house!!! Now to put them in the ground! Where does the time go?

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03/16/2011 06:08.30 PM Report This Comment  
  And the Rooster Crows!
Well, yesterday morning I went outside and heard one of the most pitiful crows! My bardrock rooster is crowing!!! Well trying to crow! My doe rabbit is still without a mate, didn't get anything at the critter auction! She'll have to wait another week! Corns up! I got all my herbs in the ground and filled in the holes around my goldfish pond! It's as if the Lord flipped a switch and turned the green grass on and the trees to blooming! It's sure getting pretty around here! We went to the swap meet today and I got a old prayer devotional. I found a devotion I like: "O Heavenly Father, help me to cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. I would walk in the light, as thou art in the light: but my desires are faint, my wishes feeble, my resolutions transient as the morning cloud, or as the early dew; temptation overtakes me, and sin subdues me. Have compassion upon thy servant, O Lord, and deal with me according to the greatness of thy mercy." -The Book of Private Devotions (1848)

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03/06/2011 05:43.26 PM Report This Comment  
  Chicken Check List!
I am tuckered out tonight! Not much done this afternoon, after work…Checked both gardens for progress. I think I might have some corn up, maybe…could be a weed! :) We’ll see what tomorrow brings. I prepped one of my herb beds. I’m going to put manure in it tomorrow and hopefully get some of these herbs in the ground. I think I have made a discovery with one of my chickens. Now, a little history…I bought these chickens, as chicks, at a critter auction having no idea what breed of chicken I was getting. Well, I have a few Rhode Island Reds and Bardrocks, but I think I have an Araucana! I was looking at them one day and was like what is going on with the sides of this chicken’s head? It has tufts on both sides! Crazy looking chicken! I’ve got to check out his tail end tomorrow, because the classic Araucana is “rumpless!” I also have two that I think are Jersey giants. The one is so pretty she is solid white. I LOVE my chickens!

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03/02/2011 05:35.52 PM Report This Comment  
  March 1, 2011 - Can you believe it's March?!?
Yesterday, I finally planted my herbs!!! Basil, oregano, tarragon, cilantro, and sage. I used a different method in planting so we’ll see if that works. When I was at a nursery I saw how they planted parsley and I’m trying it…Hopefully, I will have a good yield. Today, I planted some birdhouse gourds. What a beautiful day! It started out a little rainy and cloudy, but it was absolutely beautiful this afternoon. A cold front came through, bringing a nice refreshing breeze. I’m going to get some top soil tomorrow and work on my new herb beds. I’m soaking some nasturtium seeds overnight , hoping to plant those tomorrow. Did you know you can eat nasturtiums?!? They look great on a salad! My mama-in-law told me about these! I hope mine look as great as hers did!

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03/01/2011 07:36.40 PM Report This Comment  
  Crazy Dogs
Well today was a very interesting day at work...I got pig parts in the mail. You read right...I ordered a display to compare and contrast a smoker's lung to a healthy lung. I thought they were artificial models...Nope, not hardly. The real live (well, not live anymore!) thing. Pig lungs! My boss did not like the idea of displaying real organs, so we sent them back...

After I got home, I feed the animals and started working in the garden. I got three rows of corn in and strawberries. The onions are doing wonderful, growing like weeds! The dogs are driving me nuts! Luke and Lily...aka...the yellow lab devils! They harass the chickens and the poor rabbit! Well, they took off after dark. I yelled and hollered to no avail. I had to ring the dinner bell three times to get them to come. I'm sure my neighbors really appreciate my ranting and raving in the mornings and evenings. Anyone know a good dog trainer? Sean just came in with the .22, from looking for the elusive amour plated ground rat, better known as the armadillo! I'm not sure if he was successful or not...but now I have him watching Chicago! One of my favorite movies! Poor thing. Until next time, did you know that you can make a pineapple flower by putting an apple next to it? The apples need to be extra ripe(they produce ethylene gas), you place them next to the pineapple plant and cover with a plastic bag. The time varies from four to five days to a few weeks. Pretty neat, huh?

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02/23/2011 06:39.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Today's Work
Well I put peppers in this morning. I had a doctor's apt this morning, so I was able to enjoy some time outside! I wish I didn't have to work! If I could win the lottery I would buy 100 acres and have a HUGE farm! That would be my job and I would LOVE it!!! After I got home from work, I was determined to plant something! My Memaw walked down from her place and we started chatting and I started losing my race with the sun to get things done before dark! I hauled my seed basket, with good intentions, around as we strolled around the yard. Needless to say, thank the Lord for headlamps as I ended up planting the potatoes by LED light! I think I will put some sweet potatoes in as well. I've got to get the strawberries in tomorrow! Or so the plan will be! Well that's all for now...supper time!

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02/22/2011 05:13.45 PM Report This Comment  
  A Time to Plant!!!
After prepping the beds, we are starting to plant. The onions went in on Sunday. We are going to plant pre-started tomatoes and peppers tomorrow. I love planting season, almost as much as harvest!!! The pigs are doing well growing everyday! Our nine chickens, which I raised from chicks, are coming along nicely. I bought them around the second week of December, so they are about 2 months old. This weekend we will be planting some other veggies, just don't know which. I need to determine where my herb garden is going to go...

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02/17/2011 06:12.22 PM Report This Comment  


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