Danforth’s Halloween Decor Contest

As you may or may not know, Gillis Fuel sponsored the annual Halloween decoration contest again this year Without further ado- the winners for the business category ribbons are- In third place, Danforth’s very own Town Office In second place, the United States Post Office And coming in first place the Danforth Rehab on Maple…

Raising Meat Pigs – Lessons Learned

There is nothing quite like gazing upon a freezer full of pork that you had a hand in raising yourself, to make you do a little bit of reflecting. There are always intricacies in doing something for the first time, especially when it comes to animal husbandry. As par for the course, it’s easy to…

Growing Rhubarb

This spring we decided to get super serious about planting crops that will keep blessing us for years to come. One of those crops, by happenstance, was Rhubarb. In May, we found a total of 4 Victoria Rhubarb plants on clearance and brought them home to become part of our ever expanding homestead. We were…

Little Issac

We are over the moon to announce the arrival of our son, Issac. We welcomed him into our arms and our world on October 12th at 10:32am. He weighed in at 7 lbs 13 oz and was 19 and a half inches long. We are one satisfied and amazed set of parents with a pretty…

Growing Garlic – Take 2

We’ve tried this once before– with clearance bin garlic bulbs… and it did not work. We never got a single bit of real growth, which I knew was a very good probability. So this time, we’re going about it completely differently. First- we did set up the patch in the same way, lots of alpaca…

The Cost of Raising Pigs for Meat

This is the second in our “Cost of” series- a bunch of blogs I am compiling to record the real cost of growing our own food, running our homestead/farm startup, etc. Today’s topic is PIGS! Piglets – This is a time of year thing- spring piglets are between $75 and $125 each. We purchased ours…

MOFGA’s Common Ground Fair -2018

This last Sunday, we had the chance, once again, to go cruise around the annual Common Ground Fair, in Unity Maine. This was our 6th year attending, and we made a pretty valiant effort to tour the whole place in spite of my very progressed 36+ week pregnancy. The morning started off chilly and clear,…

Town of Danforth – Halloween Decorating Contest 2018

Its that time of year again- Time to celebrate the end of summer and harvest and to ring in the beginning of fall! To celebrate the changing of seasons, and the arrival of Halloween, Gillis Fuel, LLC is sponsoring the Halloween Decorating Contest for the Town of Danforth. Just like last year, we are going…

The Cost of Raising Chickens For Meat

This was a summer of firsts- and one of the most important ones was our first time raising our own chickens for meat. We went big, raising enough for not just our expanding family for a whole year, but also raising a years worth for my parents. We are very excited about how the whole…

Protecting your Chickens from Heat Stress

I’m an extremely inactive member of a lot of homesteading related forums & social media groups. I lurk, some might say, rarely posting anything more then comments offering bits of my limited wisdoms. One thing I see people posting a lot of is heat related ills and woes. Especially this last summer with record breaking…