Ghost Fawn Podcast

Building a Homestead from Scratch in Connecticut's Quiet Corner

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Episode 12 – Reader Questions & Giveaway Winners!

This week is our first ever Readers’ Questions episode, and y’all had some great ones.  But first- giveaway winners!  We’ll be contacting you via email; congratulations winners!

$50 St. Clare Seeds gift certificate: Bonnie

$25 Murray McMurray gift certificate: Amy

“Saving Seeds” book: Elena

Planting guide: Heidi

Seed saving envelopes: Rosie

Thank you to everyone who entered and helped make our launch so successful.  If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve been listening to so far, we’d be really grateful if you left us a ranking and review on iTunes or Stitcher.

If you have more questions, or ones that didn’t get addressed here, please send them our way, and we’ll put them in a future Readers’ Questions episode.  You can meet up with us:

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or via email at ghostfawnhomestead@gmail.com

Episode Ten – September in Review

So this is October, and what have we done?  Another month over, and a new one just begun.

(sorry.  I loathe that “Christmas” song so very, very much.  I have no idea what possessed me to reference it here)

Anyway, our first September here on the farm is behind us, we sat down and assessed what we accomplished, what still needs to be done, what went well, and what didn’t.  So settle in to your commute/grab a load of laundry to fold, and come hang out with us for the next 30 minutes to see what homesteady things we got done in September.

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We launched our podcast!  You can find all of them here.

Tomatoes in the freezer.  This picture doesn’t convey the overwhelming amount of tomatoes in there, but they’re there.  And they’re patiently waiting for the first annual Great Sauce Making Day here at Ghost Fawn.  Details sure to follow on the farm’s website.

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Can we talk about food mills for a moment?  I just bought this one off Amazon, but I would love love love to hear your recommendations.

We realized that we had not one, but two Welsummer roosters.  Whoops.  Oh well.  Once we get rid of the hamburg roo, the two Welsummers should be ok together.  With a flock of 28 hens, two roosters can co-exist peacefully.

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Which brings us to the problem of Sherlock Homes.  What do we do with him?  Look at him- he’s beautiful!  but so scrawny!

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Ken wants to eat him.  I say there’s not enough meat there.  Send us your ideas, be they recipes or leads on nice places to rehome our Silver Spangled Hamburg rooster.

Ken hacked his hand.

The dogs are some mice.

The fly bag.  Oh, the fly bag.  If you at all have a fly problem (no judgements here, friend, this is a safe place), then check out the fly bag.

Next week we’ll be talking turkey and announce the winners to the giveaway, but if you can’t wait that long for more farm fresh content, you can follow us here:

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And if you enjoy listening to us, we would be so grateful if you left us a rating and review on iTunes or Stitcher.

 

Episode 8- Rent-A-Chicken with Leslie Suitor

In our never-ending quest to convince everyone to get a couple chickens in their backyard, Ken and I found Rent-A-Chicken, one of the “chicken rental” businesses popping up all over the country.

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Rent-A-Chicken is headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan, but they serve a number of states, and are expanding at a rapid pace.

Rent-A-Chicken Oregon is here.

Rent-A-Chicken Sacramento is here.

And photographic proof that a wet hen is not, in fact, mad:

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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway.  Entry rules are here.

If you’ve subscribed, send an email to ghostfawnhomestead@gmail.com to let us know and we’ll throw your name into the hat.

Can’t get enough of Ghost Fawn Homestead?  Come talk to us!

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If you listen to the podcast on iTunes, we’d really love it if you rated us and left a review.  If you’re on an Android device, you can find us on Stitcher, and would love a review over there, too.

Episode 5- What Can We Do In A Year?

In this episode, we roll out the cutest intro on the face of the planet, and throw in our to-do/wish list for the next 12 months to boot.  Want to see what crazy people think they’ll get done in one short year?  Pull up a chair and come listen.

Potager garden– a french concept (of course.  If it’s fancy, it must be French) where the humble vegetable garden is elevated to a thing of beauty.

Don’t have a first aid kit like ours!  The American Red Cross suggests putting these things in a well-stocked kit.

Growing potatoes in boxes?  Heck yeah!

The video of Cari cleaning and butchering the chicken?  Here.  And here.  Flair for the dramatic?  Whatever do you mean?

Potager updates at the homestead?  Glad you asked.

American Meadows- the best wildflower seed we’ve ever seen.  Forget that junk you get at Lowe’s or Home Depot or wherever.  This stuff is amazing.

That amazing hobbit-esque pig enclosure?  You can see it here.  The farm it’s housed at?  Here.

 

If you’re following along at home, here is our ridiculous to-do/wishlist for the next 12 months:

  1. Potager Garden fenced in, which includes:
    1. 19 more raised beds built
    2. Put plants/seeds in the garden
  2. Meat Chickens, including:
    1. Build a tractor for the Cornish X chickens
    2. raise the things for 8 weeks
    3. have a festive “slaughtering day” party and invite friends over to help- free food and booze!
  3. Forest Trail, in two parts:
    1. build bridge over the creek
    2. build trails up to marshy/bog area
  4. Wildflower meadows
  5. Get Suzie the Goat bred
    1. figure out what we’re going to do with Suzie’s possible future male offspring
  6. Sell Surplus Eggs
  7. Have pig enclosure built
  8. Hop Garden/Vineyard/orchard planted
  9. Bees

Don’t forget our giveaway.  Details are here.

Can’t get enough of Ghost Fawn Homestead?  Come talk to us!

On the Farm’s Website

On Facebook

On Twitter

On Instagram

If you listen to the podcast on iTunes, we’d really love it if you rated us and left a review.  If you’re on an Android device, you can find us on Stitcher, and would love a review over there, too.

Episode 4- Chicken Breeds: The Best, The Worst, & The Ugliest

 

Sixty-five recognized breeds of chickens here in the States.  How is a person to decide?  Join us this week as we talk about our favorites, our least favorites, and the ones we’d just love to forget.

Murray McMurray, which is certainly not the only mail-order hatchery, but the only one we’ve used, can be found here.

Cari’s list of favorite chickens:

buff orpington

rhode island red

delaware

 

Ken’s favorites:

barred rock

ameraucana (a.k.a The River Song chicken)

Welsummer

 

What’s a broody hen and what to do with her?

Slow Food USA’s Ark of Taste is here.

And the least favorites?  Here’s Ken’s:

bantam chickens

silkies (with an aside on Polish chickens, particularly our Polish, Effie)

silver spangled hamburg

 

And here are Cari’s:

ameraucana (again)

leghorn (pronunciation debate here)

silver spangled hamburg

Finally- the ugly.  Reader beware!

naked-neck chicken

frizzle chicken

So what do you think?  Did we cover your favorites?  Your least favorites?  Are you a member of the bantam/silkie/naked-neck/frizzle lobby and are outaged by this episode?  Drop us a line at ghostfawnhomestead@gmail.com.  You can find an easy “contact us” button on our website- Ghostfawnhomestead.com

And don’t forget our giveaway!  Have a hankering for some homesteading?  Then enter our giveaway.  You could win one of the following prizes:

-$50 gift certificate to St. Clare seeds

-$25 gift certificate to Murray McMurray hatchery

a handy planting guide

“Saving Seeds” by Marc Rogers

-10 seed saving envelopes

To Enter:

subscribe to us on iTunes or this website or whatever it us Android users use

leave us a review and ranking on iTunes

leave a comment here on the website

send us an email with a question or suggestion for an upcoming show

leave a question or suggestion for an upcoming show on the Facebook page

follow us on Instagram

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Enter multiple ways!  If you’re already following us somewhere, it’s all good!  Basically, we’re going to write all you names down, toss them in a hat, and let one of the kids draw.  Fun!

Can’t get enough of Ghost Fawn Homestead?  Come talk to us!

On the Farm’s Website

On Facebook

On Twitter

On Instagram

If you listen to the podcast on iTunes, we’d really love it if you rated us and left a review.  If you’re on an Android device, you can find us on Stitcher, and would love a review over there, too.

Episode 2 – 10 Reasons to Get Backyard Chickens

This time we share our 10 best reasons for you to start your backyard flock.  Don't worry, if we can figure it out, so can you.

A huge thank you to Ian Cartwright for our podcast music.  Not only is Ian an amazing composer, he's also a pretty rad brother.  Thanks, Ian!  Sorry about all those times I knocked on your window past curfew so you could sneak me into the house.

The Mother Earth News analysis of backyard chicken eggs is here.

The CDC's info sheet on symptoms of avian flu in chickens is here.

Instructions for freezing your egg surplus is here.

The Backyard Chickens forum can be reached here.

And here's that video we were talking about- chickens hunting and eating a mouse!

Episode 2- 10 Reasons to Get Backyard Chickens

This time we share our 10 best reasons for you to start your backyard flock.  Don’t worry, if we can figure it out, so can you.

A huge thank you to Ian Cartwright for our podcast music.  Not only is Ian an amazing composer, he’s also a pretty rad brother.  Thanks, Ian!  Sorry about all those times I knocked on your window past curfew so you could sneak me into the house.

The Mother Earth News analysis of backyard chicken eggs is here.

The CDC’s info sheet on symptoms of avian flu in chickens is here.

Instructions for freezing your egg surplus is here.

The Backyard Chickens forum can be reached here.

And here’s that video we were talking about- chickens hunting and eating a mouse!

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