Ghost Fawn Podcast

Building a Homestead from Scratch in Connecticut's Quiet Corner

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Episode 11 – Raising Turkeys with Mobumbum Farm

For twenty years of my life, I was a vegetarian.  That meant I either just ate the sides at Thanksgiving (which is delicious) or -shudder- a Tofurky.

Just don’t, y’all.

But I’ve left those ways behind me, and now our holiday tables are tofu-free.  All that we need to make them perfect is one of Jason and Sarah’s Mobumbum Farm turkeys.

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Get on with your commute, grab a bag of laundry, and get ready to talk turkey.

Have questions for Jason and Sarah, or live in Maine and want to get on their waiting list for a farm-fresh turkey?  Check out Mobumbum Farm on Facebook.

Have questions you want to submit for next week’s first Reader Questions Grab Bag Show?  Send them to us:

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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 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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Episode 9 – Tree Talk With Andy, The Tree Ranger


So we have this huge and dying silver maple in the immediate backyard.  One day, while I was talking to my mom on the phone, and suddenly there was a giant WHUMP!

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Yup.  A huge limb snapped off the tree, and crashed to the ground below.  Ken and his dad did some redneck tree maintenance, which I wholeheartedly do not endorse:

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Anyway, we thought it was time to call in the smartest tree guy we know, Andy Carter:

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Andy slayed this dragon fruit with his bare hands. (After growing the tree from a single seed he swam to Hawaii to receive from a revered kahuna.)

Andy talked with us about the benefits of using trees to landscape your yard, the best trees to plant in your yard, and smart places to find those trees.  He also talked about The Crooked Stick, the storefront for his natural wood art pieces.

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The Crooked Stick at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

You can find Andy and The Crooked Stick here and here.

If you’re in Michigan, you can find Andy’s work at Art Is In Market,  Artisan’s Bench and The Pear Tree Gift Shop.  The Crooked Stick is also a featured artist at the Ann Arbor Art Fair.

You can find your local county extension office here.

Don’t forget today is the last day to enter Ghost Fawn Podcast’s launch giveaway.  To enter:

-leave us a rating and review on iTunes

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-share your thoughts on the podcast, or suggest a topic for an upcoming episode by emailing us at ghostfawnhomestead@gmail.com

Oh!  And lastly- weigh in:  American Fringe Tree.  Totally awesome or Meh?

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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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Episode 7- Beekeeping 101 With Mark Spencer

This week we had our very first guest on the show, Mark Spencer of Spencer Apiaries.  He was kind and patient and answered all our questions, and some of yours, too!

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We covered time requirements for beekeeping, how much land you need, and the possibility of both urban beekeeping and tending bees if you have an allergy to their venom.

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Handy diagram for understanding today’s show.

Beekeeping laws and ordinances, state-by-state.

Varroa destructor, the mite that is devastating honeybee populations.  (Aside, ever since Mark said that the size of these mites in relation to bees would be analogous to us having a parasite the size of a dinner plate stuck to us, I have had nightmares.  Thanks, Mark.)

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GIANT BLOODSUCKING MITE ON A TINY LITTLE BEE. (click picture for source)

Tattoo addiction– it’s a real thing!

Neonicotinoid pesticides, another factor cited in the decline in honeybee populations.

Sources for beekeeping supplies, recommended by Mark:

Better Bee

Kelley Beekeeping Supplies

While Wicker Man was a terrible movie that never should have been remade, and the Nicholas Cage remake stripped the only interesting theme from the original, I’m still including the bee clip, because this is pretty much how I envision the beekeeping shaking out over here.

 

Thanks for hanging out with us this week.  If you liked what you heard, leave us a ranking and a review on iTunes.  And don’t forget to subscribe to the show, either here on the website, on iTunes, or now on Stitcher.

Also, a reminder to enter our giveaway (details 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 6 – The Kids Take Over

So in a shameless attempt to keep the kids quiet while we record, we told them that they could be on a future episode.  Turns out the future is now, and we sat down with all six of our progeny to ask them about life here on the homestead.  Prepare yourself for some hard-hitting journalism, friends.

  • Lotus, being a delightful teenager (this is a sincere statement- teenagers are the best), dissolves into an odd chant about “Cari is 40”.  She’s referencing the birthday present Ian Cartwright (the composer of our show music), made for his sister Cari.  It would be hilarious and amazing- if only it were true.  Cari isn’t 40.  Cari is 32.

 

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“That’s the best picture you could get?” “yeah, why?” “Because it’s all blurry.” “Meh. My selfie-with-cat game isn’t very strong this morning.”

  • If you have an iPhone, check out  The Night Sky app .  We love using it when we go stargazing.  You literally point your phone at the sky, and it’ll show you what’s up there, from planets to stars to satellites.  The kids love it (and listening to them shriek when they run across Draco or some weirdo snake/dragon/fanged constellation is hilarious).
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Pointed out the living room window- that’s what we could see if the sun wasn’t up.

Don’t forget to enter our Launch Giveaway.  Prizes include:

-$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

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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!

Don’t forget to visit the Ghost Fawn Homestead website for (almost) daily glimpses of life here on the farm.

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

follow us on Twitter

follow us on Pinterest

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 3 – Our First Garden

We share what we planted this year.  Some worked well.  Others well.......

Check out St. Clare Seed , We had fantastic germination rates.   They offer non-GMO Heritage seeds and have a wide selection on their website.

In the Battle of the Manure, here's the expensive stuff I got, and here's the cheap stuff Ken got (same stuff, different bag).  We all know which did better.

The organic-compliant garden dust we used successfully on the cabbage worms this stuff here.

Information on cabbage worms is here.  Information on cucumber beetles here.

That delicious pumpkin I'm drooling about just typing this?  It's the Long Island Cheese pumpkin, and you can read about it here.

What do you use to control your cucumber beetles?  Do you grow pumpkins for carving?  What kind do you use?  We desperately need a new type to try.  How did your garden do this year?  

Leave a comment or drop us a line at ghostfawnhomestead@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for spending your time with us during this exciting launch week.  We'll be back next Monday and Tuesday, then we'll be starting our regular publishing schedule, which will be a brand new episode every Monday.

Episode 3- Our First Garden

We share what we planted this year.  Some worked well.  Others well…….

Check out St. Clare Seed , We had fantastic germination rates.   They offer non-GMO Heritage seeds and have a wide selection on their website.

In the Battle of the Manure, here’s the expensive stuff I got, and here’s the cheap stuff Ken got (same stuff, different bag).  We all know which did better.

The organic-compliant garden dust we used successfully on the cabbage worms this stuff here.

Information on cabbage worms is here.  Information on cucumber beetles here.

That delicious pumpkin I’m drooling about just typing this?  It’s the Long Island Cheese pumpkin, and you can read about it here.

What do you use to control your cucumber beetles?  Do you grow pumpkins for carving?  What kind do you use?  We desperately need a new type to try.  How did your garden do this year?  

Leave a comment or drop us a line at ghostfawnhomestead@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for spending your time with us during this exciting launch week.  We’ll be back next Monday and Tuesday, then we’ll be starting our regular publishing schedule, which will be a brand new episode every Monday.

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