Today I got my maize ready for grinding. I photographed each step and have written it up below. I realize this is a process that is carried out every year, everywhere here, but for me it was the first time and I hope that the simple write up might help another newbie farmer! Continue reading
It seems to me that the most important thing on a farm is the soil – without it, it’s pretty difficult to grow anything! That’s why these first few years farming, I have been working on growing and protecting my soil. These are the simple steps I’ve had in mind:
DON’T burn the soil
DON’T dig the soil
DON’T march/walk on the soil
DO keep the soil covered at all times. Continue reading
Last Friday we had some visitors to our farm to discuss together how we can apply Scripture to caring for creation, for animals, for the soil. Here is a taste of what we looked at!
First we climbed up the rocks behind the house to look at “Gods farm”, to observe a wild space, to see how God grows plants in nature. We read these verses from Psalm 104: Continue reading
Last week I attended a great conference on Sustainable Farming and a representative from ECHO taught us this recipe for homemade liquid fertiliser. I thought I’d give it a go!
1) Firstly prepare your container. Check for leaks. Wash well with detergent, lemon and water and dry. Make sure any toxic materials or oil are washed out well. Continue reading
Who likes weeding? Not me! But my chickens love it. Continue reading
This year for the first time I decided to grow some maize using the organic “Farming Gods Way” method, see here for details: http://www.farming-gods-way.org/home.htm
It was not difficult to prepare the field – I did it myself which means it can’t have been too hard! Continue reading