After the cold snap last week, it appears that spring has sprung on the Homestead. Our ladies are laying more eggs as the daylight hours get longer, new piglets are emerging to play in their yard, blueberry bushes took a hit from the cold but seem to be snapping back and our permaculture project is expanding.
Eggs, Eggs, Eggs. We are expanding our delivery spots and are happy to share them with you:
- Wednesday evenings, from 6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Lexington, at the Piggly Wiggly on Hwy. 6, parking lot, along the back edge along Two Notch Road.
- Wednesday evenings, from 6:40 p.m. to 6:55 p.m., in Lexington, at Calvary Chapel Lexington, 1156 Barr Road.
- Thursday afternoon from 12:10 p.m. to 12:25 p.m., in Lexington, at the gas station, straight across from the exit ramp from I-20 West at Hwy. 1.
- Thursday afternoon from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m., in Lexington, at the Hardees across from Chic-fil-a on Hwy 378.
- Thursday afternoon from 1:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Columbia, at Milwood and Devine.
Please initiate contact by using the contact form and supply your phone number, enabling us to thereafter be in touch by text. Please order your eggs 48 hours before the meeting time to be certain we have your eggs with us! The Homestead accepts cash, as well as debit and credit through Square Point of Sale.
Pigs, Pigs, Pigs. We have nineteen new residents on the Homestead and they are very entertaining. It is difficult at times for us to remember that they are being raised to feed our family and yours, because they are so adorable when they are small. But, they are being raised, on pasture, woodland, antibiotic-free, right now on mom’s milk and non-gmo, soy-free feed. This year we are expanding an area separate from our main woodland area to raise hogs on conventional feed for those that want pastured, antibiotic-free meat but don’t have the money in their budget for non-gmo, soy free feed. It takes approximately seven months to raise a hog to slaughter weight. If you are interested in having us raise a hog for your freezer, either non-gmo, soy free, or conventional, please contact us for more information. We do require a deposit to guarantee meat for your freezer and would be happy to discuss terms. We will also be offering piglets for sale once they are weaned, at seven to eight weeks of age. The end of April they will be ready to go to their new homes or to be raised for your 4th of July barbecue or your freezer.
Permaculture. Permaculture is a system of agriculture design using the pattern and features observed in the natural ecosystem. It is organic, not chemically based, and uses the leaves, grass clippings, compost and manure produced on the farm for fertilization. We are increasing our perennial plantings with apple, pear and Japanese persimmon trees, pomegranate, blueberry, blackberry and elderberry bushes, and table grapes and muscadines. It is a slow process for growth, but we aim to be adding fruits to our offering when production starts. We will be starting vegetables in our raised beds and in the field before you know it and our aim to to have year-round crops starting in May.
We thank our Creator for His Provision of sun and rain and protection from the elements as we continue this venture to feed our family and yours the way God intended. Pray with us!