Yes, Sir. Yes, Sir. Two Bags Full!

7 Random Farm Happenings by Laura Parker Roerden Juliette and Juniper have added a lot of excitement to our lives here at Jo-Erl Farm. We’ve been busy getting a winter paddock ready for them, one that will be safe from predators and close enough to the farmhouse for us to keep an eye on them. This is […]

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They’re Here!

by Laura Parker Roerden Last night we drove west into a setting sun through rolling pasture-land to pick up our lambs in Scotland. Connecticut, that is. Just take a left at the Cliffs of Dover, I expected the GPS to instruct. The beautiful sheep farms and UK-influenced place names everywhere helped to create a sense of removal from time and […]

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Goodbye, Weasels!

by Laura Parker Roerden Most games have a buzzer that goes off, signaling its end. Victory is declared for whomever is ahead at that moment. Life is not quite like that. Though, as my good friend and comedian Dana Gould once quipped, “What hasn’t killed you, isn’t finished with you yet.” So, it’s with great […]

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Seven Random Things I’ve Learned from Weasels

by Laura Parker Roerden The news on the weasel front here at the farm is not good. Despite the heroic efforts of just about anyone who would be on my desert island list because of their superior survival skills, the weasel is winning. Killing has escalated, no doubt because winter is approaching and weasels are […]

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A Farm Family

by Laura Parker Roerden We’ve had a couple challenging weeks here at the farm. A weasel has been getting into the chicken coop and biting heads off of our newly-raised heritage breed Delawares. Mornings I’ll enter the coop and cringe—another headless chicken lying on the ground, already stiff. At first, I could joke about it. […]

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A Day in the Life of a (Part-time) Farmer

by Laura Parker Roerden 5:30 am (May 8, 2014).  I’m awakened by my cell phone ringing and the accompanying chime of a left voicemail message. It’s the post office calling: they have my forty baby chicks. The ones that were not supposed to come for three weeks. (Who knew that the post office opens at […]

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Picking Out Chicks!

It’s spring, which means it’s time to incubate and brood baby chicks. But which ones to add to Jo-Erl Farm this year? Normally, we purchase  50-75 new laying hen chicks to diversify and stabilize production. I think of these hens as the workhorses of the farm. Rhode Island Reds and White Leghorns are what my […]

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