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…

Raising Meat Chickens- Lessons Learned

We are less then 24 hours away from sending our first batch of birds to the butcher and I’ve had some time to reflect. This was our first year raising our own meat- we tend to never do anything halfheartedly so we started out big by raising 120+ meat Cornish Rock Crosses and 4 pigs….

Wild Chamomile Aka Pineapple Weed

Wild chamomile (aka Pineapple Weed) is a herb that grows abundantly around the northern hemisphere. The little yellow bulbs pop up late spring into the late summer. It grows pretty much anywhere, but especially loves areas where the ground was disturbed recently, or is gravelly in nature. We have a large patch growing where are…

The Alpacas have been SHEARED

A big Thanks to the crew of Mariacher Shearing Service- they got to our place in the middle of no where, set up their stations, had our herd taken care of and were back on the road to the next job in less then 2 and a half hours. It was a whirlwind, an education…

Weekend Warriors- May 2018

We had another busy month here on the homestead- Early on in the month we picked up our finished alpaca yarn – it’s been a slow process of putting it into skeins at this point. I’ll expand on this in a future blog tho, as it has been a long and slightly crazy process. Literally…

Weekend Warriors- The Month Of March

Its been a fairly crazy month here on the Gillis Homestead- We’ve been boiling down sap into syrup all month. But the temps are rising and with rain in the forecast instead of snow (FINALLYTHANKGOD) its probably coming towards  a swift end. We’re happy with the amount we’ve produced tho. Even tho we lost at…

MOFGA Common Ground Fair 2017

Our morning started before dawn – like 4 am before dawn. The excitement was in the air, the animals were taken care of and we were on the road for Unity Maine by 5:30. Then ten miles out of town we had to turn back because we realized we forgot the snack bag. No matter,…

Harvest Season- Peas, by the pound and by the pod

Just look at those beauties, right there! As we got a late start on our garden, we are just now receiving the beginning bounty of our labors. With the help of my delightful little munchkin, we got to picking. And then with the help of netflix(The Ranch is awesome and I love Sam Elliot with…

Weekly(ish) Update – End of July/Start of August 2017

Last I wrote about our DIY homesteading projects, we were cleaning up quite the mess that was left behind by the previous lands tenants. Since then, we’ve dragged (most of) that junk to the dump, burned a bunch of crap wood, cleared up to our line (almost) and spent most of our free time working…

Picking and Freezing Strawberries.

  Saturday morning, we woke up bright and early to drive up the road a good bit to go get strawberries.   We have to travel about 50 miles one way to go pick and usually we go to town and get 30+ quarts. This year, Izzy couldn’t quite handle the excitement and we only…