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Farm Name: GreenAcres

Year Farm Established: 2000

Location: Clarkston, MI

Years I’ve been farming: 15 years

Animals I raise: Chickens, Pigs

Crops I grow: Vegetables, grains, fruits

Hobbies I enjoy: homesteading, electronics, HAM radio, and philosophy

The proudest moment on my farm: Mortgage paid off... Its all ours (unless there is a tax auction or a zoning problem... can we ever own anything?)

Pets: dog (Amber)

Farm Motto: Do it your way!!!

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  In an effort to improve our website for our visitors, we will be changing some of our service providers. We do not expect to experience any technical difficulties. However, if you are unable to access our website, please be assured it will be temporary as we transition to the new service. 10/19/2013 12:00.00 AM  
cute chicks and chickens

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01/27/2012 08:07.11 PM Report This Comment  
nice farm :)

Come visit me, Johnson sheep farm.

01/20/2012 07:20.26 AM Report This Comment  
  First snow
I always have more to do when the first snow comes. It imparts an urgency to finish up outdoor projects. This year I have some more equipment maintenance to do. I can do that in the unheated barn. At least I am out of the wind and snow. Now, if only the steel tools would not stick to my hands! I am also very unhappy that I lost the race with the snow to put up a 260' long 'fan dipole' antenna for my HAM radio. Winter is a good time to talk on the HAM radio, but I will not be going on a snow covered roof to put up the antenna. All I have is a short wire antenna. I guess I can talk to some locals ayway.

I collected seed to plant next year for field corn, pole beans, tomatoes, garlic, and squash. I have switched to open pollinated varieties of most vegetables and just started seed saving. I bought some dissacants that change from blue to pink as they absorb moisture from the seeds. These are reusable by heating them in the oven or microwave to release moisture and turn blue again for the next use. The seeds are dried for about a week and then put in air tight containers in the fridge or freezer. I am using the fridge because I plan to use the seeds next spring. If you want to save the seeds for 10 years, then the freezer is better. So, this year we incubated our own eggs for chicks for the first time and next spring we will plant about half our garden with seeds we have saved. The goal is to increase seed saving each year.

This was our second year of raising two feeder pigs. The pork is delicious and soon we will make our sausage as we did last year. We alternate two fenced areas of about 1600 sq ft each. One year the pigs are in an area and the next year the garden goes there. We also have three chicken yards interconnected so that we can alternate our sweet corn plot and chicken runs. We usually can manage a winter rye green manure crop in the fall to be turned under in the spring for planting. Along with our compost pile, we handle much of our soil fertility needs. I have no problem with commercial, non organic NPK fertilizer when needed, but the manurer supplies trace elements and humous that a good garden should have.

Come visit me, GreenAcres.

12/06/2011 10:42.20 AM Report This Comment  
  diesel or gas
My first ever diesel vehicle was my Kubota BX24 subcompact tractor. I was amazed by the fuel efficiency. I could work more than a whole day on 5 gallons. My gas tractors use much more fuel. That got me thinking and I bought an MF 35 diesel tractor and a RAM 2500 with a Cummins diesel at a farm auction. The RAM gets about 23 MPG even though it is a 6000+ lb vehicle with quad cab and 8' bed. I plan to keep a couple of 55 gallon drums of diesel on hand for the tractors. Diesel does not go stale (sp??) in six months like gas does. The truck has a 35 gallon tank, so its range on a tank is about 700 miles. Now I need to study up on maintaining and repairing diesels. I am 64, but it appears learning is a cradle to grave deal.

Come visit me, GreenAcres.

10/17/2011 06:14.31 AM Report This Comment  
  chickens and turkeys together?
As time goes on the probability for disease increases exponentially. So yes in the future every attempt to keep them seperated will be made. And once the reds start laying eggs (which is soon) they will be moved to a permanent coop with the rest of the layers. And the turkeys will be ready for Thanksgiving soon as well. Cant wait to try them.

Come visit me, Jim and Cindy's Farm.

09/08/2011 09:44.58 AM Report This Comment  
  chickens and turkeys together?
Your correct about raising them together, when i decided to get turkeys i was aware of the disease vectors such as "Blackhead". It was my intention to keep them seperate from one another and on seperate pieces of the property. The Reds were kept in the back yard closest to the house in a chicken tractor. But i liked the idea of "free range" so i let them out to roam, with good success i might add. The turkey's i also kept in a tractor and since moved them into a more permanent seasonal 100x100 pen. Also with good success, I had run streamers across the top of the pen to discourage flying out or predators from flying in. As i'm sure you know they always find away to get to the greener grass on the other side of the fence.again i liked the idea of free range, and thus just left the gate open. And yes the turkeys decided to roam into the Chickens domain, But my Rooster would have none of that and immediatly attacked one of my Toms. Since then i havent had much of a problem, with the exception of my garden they seem to take turns destroying it. LESSON learned ! better garden fence. P.S. they all love to hang out in the corn, it provides protection from the sun and predators. Most books recomend that you plant a "reparian" for your birds, wild or domestic.P.S.S. the turkeys and layers were shipped together when i ordered them.

Come visit me, Jim and Cindy's Farm.

09/08/2011 09:39.23 AM Report This Comment  
  Harvest Time
Wow! There just is not enough time! We have concurrent harvest of tomatoes, apples, and grapes. The temperature has dropped to a good working value. Fall and spring are my favorite times. Summer is too hot and winter is too cold. But each season has its activities and we find we are ready for each season when it arrives. I will admit we are a little anxious for spring before it arrives. At 64 years old, the seasons go by at an amazing speed! Still have field corn, winter squash, and pumpkins to harvest in a month. We have cat fish (50), chickens (50), and hogs (2) to process in October and November. We buy a side of pasture beef in October. So, in our larder, we will have canned food, chicken, beef, fish, and orchard fruits and root cellar produce. It is such a nice feeling to live with the seasons and the land. I was a high tech elctronic engineer doing robotics and controls for a career and now a hobby homesteader ( a full and happy life!)

Come visit me, GreenAcres.

09/07/2011 02:25.02 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the comments
Sorry about the long time for response we have two children 5 and 9mths so summer time can get very busy. We only have 3 acres right now, so it can get a little bit crowed every so often, but we enjoy it. I see you like going to farm auctions, my husband LOVES auctions. If I'd let him he would go to everyone that was available. Your place again looks beautiful and enjoy your farm as long as you can. Oh by the way 400 jars canned, WOW, I just started this year trying to can and we wondered if a 100 was pushing the envelope, but now I can definately say no, more is possible

Come visit me, Brent & Kim Wessel.

09/02/2011 08:02.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Too Hot for all the work needed outdoors!
I am busy with updating the 1961 Massey Ferguson Perkin diesel tractor and 1998 Dodge RAM 2500HD Cummins diesel(200,000+ miles) I bought at a farm auction. Our Duroc/Hempshire mix pigs are growing like weeds. The Light Brahma chickens I bought from McMurray this spring are as large as my Rhode Island Red layers (the roosters for meat this fall and the hens as replacement layers. We also incubated some Rhode Island Reds from our layers as replacement layers. Our gardens and field corn are doing well. We try to feed our own produce to reduce feed cost and we do a lot of canning (400 quarts last year). We had a good cherry harvest this year ( 36 quarts were canned for pies ). In May I will be 65, I sure hope I have another ten years of hobby farming before I can not do it any more. I like reading, ham radio, electronics, computer controls and other activities to replace farming when the time comes. I must admit, it will be hard to give up the 10 acre homestead operations. We find them very rewarding (my wife is about 18 months younger, so she will wheel me out on the porch for a little sun LOL).

Come visit me, GreenAcres.

08/07/2011 09:54.22 AM Report This Comment  
  haha, I want to be a livestock and equine vet so I need the room. I'm going to put the land to good use and grow crops, then I might have hunters come in and hunt on the property annualy. Happy Farmin!

Come visit me, One Acre Wonders( Farm in Progress).

07/19/2011 02:07.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the reply. You sand like a person after my own heart. I to have a dodget truck. Gas engine though. 1240 MF T/L/B and a older Mf 165 diesel. We have been moving to a new farm and havn't had much time. It has been extremly hot here in the mid ohio valley. Hope the weather has been treating you well.

Come visit me, A&E FARMS.

07/11/2011 11:34.47 AM Report This Comment  
  another michigander!Hows it going, im sure like myself your probably waiting anxiously on the harvest. im getting ready to process my next bunch of chickens for the freezer. My replacement layers are excited about the range they get to roam. and the turkeys were just relocated to a more fruitful part of the yard. And the pigs are coming along nice, wont be until just before Deer season that they'll be ready.Best wishes from up north.

Come visit me, Jim and Cindy's Farm.

07/10/2011 12:30.46 PM Report This Comment  
  Hi! Love the picture Have a great day... Happy Farmin'

Come visit me, One Acre Wonders( Farm in Progress).

07/08/2011 11:09.34 AM Report This Comment  
I love barns! They're hard to come by, now!

Come visit me, Larkshire Farm.

06/16/2011 04:44.13 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome,Wonderful picture. I to am a Ham radio operator. "N8MNQ" Sounds like we have a lot in common. Good luck in all of your farming endeavors. Have a great farming day.

Come visit me, A&E FARMS.

06/14/2011 04:48.27 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for the welcome
My wife and I are retired from our primary occupations. Now we develop our 10 acres into a homestead. We are developing vegetable, fruit, and meat projects. Hard work, yes! Rewarding, definitely! Life is not a Disney movie, we have our successes and failures. It takes a lot of various skills to overcome weeds, disease, and drought. I salute the real farmers out there who actually 'bet the farm' on being successful.

Come visit me, GreenAcres.

06/12/2011 04:07.18 PM Report This Comment  
Love the Barn. Looks like you've got a bunch of things we farmers would love to have :)

Come visit me, My Wyoming Home, Santa Sara Ranch, WyoCowgirl's Santa Sara Ranch & Santa Sara Ranch (Coming Soon).

06/12/2011 07:54.15 AM Report This Comment  
  nice picture

Come visit me, Brent & Kim Wessel.

06/11/2011 05:58.53 PM Report This Comment  


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