Category Archives: Land

The land and pasture story

Its a Dirty Job

We’ve been spending substantial time talking and thinking dirty. Our ability to succeed depends substantially on our soils. Poor soils means weak pastures and herds that won’t thrive. There’s a whole world of soils science out there, in fact Holly … Continue reading

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End of Season

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At Dogwood Farms we have come full circle on our first season and feel good about the results. We have cleared out 3 acres of overgrown pasture. Gone are huge swaths of invasives, vines, and weeds, exposing what appears to be … Continue reading

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Way to Bee Free, Honey

When we came here to Dogwood Farms I took a beekeeping class with Orange County Beekeepers (great people). Bees are amazing creatures. They began appearing on earth roughly 100 million years ago (dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago), which means … Continue reading

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The Places In Between

A maintained pasture is an exceedingly pleasant thing to behold, and a mature forest is also highly rewarding. Its the places in between (a fantastic book if you haven’t had the pleasure) that present our greatest land challenge: the abandoned … Continue reading

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We finally got some real North Carolina heat today -103 degrees and climbing.  With 17 animals to care for, concern for my own comfort seems selfish considering I can escape to the air-conditioned house.  In hopes of providing some relief … Continue reading

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Pig Power

I went out of town for a couple of days, after setting out the polywire fence through a section of the forest. When I left, the pigs had just started exploring, so there were minimal signs (to my eyes at … Continue reading

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Chicks in the house

We’ve had backyard chickens before, but this time it’s different.  We got our first flock of chickens for the farm.  Only 10 of them, a small flock to turn our family’s table scraps into delicious and extremely local eggs. Only … Continue reading

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