Keeping Deer out of the Garden

One of the farm’s Facebook friends recently asked about keeping deer out of the garden. I don’t know what kinds of pests you deal with in your neck of the woods, but in Southwest Michigan this is a very poignant question! There are lots of supposedly repellent chemicals and plants you can purchase to protect your plot of veggies from deer. However, most gardeners I’ve spoken with find these don’t do an adequate job of keeping deer at bay. I’ve […]

DIY Garden Plant Marker Inspiration

Wish List Wednesday | Garden Plant Markers Welcome again to Wish List Wednesday! This month’s list is all about garden markers. I’m aching for spring so I wanted to find something garden-related, but of course it’s not quite time to work outdoors. These DIY garden markers are a great spring-is-almost-here project to work on while we wait for the last of the snow to melt. Wine Bottles I love this idea for many reasons. First, it’s a great way to […]

What Now? Arcadia Farms’ New Mission

I’ve spent the last three years of my life jumping from one major change to the next. One of the biggest changes came in 2012 when I left my full time job as a Human Resources Director to start a micro-farm and CSA in my suburban backyard.  Arcadia Farms is the realization of my dream to become a farmer and an entrepreneur. The journey from HR to agriculture has been enriching in numerous aspects and is evolving in ways I […]

Chicken Paddock Planting Plan

Last spring’s Chicken Week seems a world away now as I look out onto giants mounds of fluffy snow. That week of posts introducing our first flock of chickens also discussed our plans and tips for chicken keeping. One of the central concepts in our plan is a paddock system. Chicken paddocks provide several benefits, including the reduction or elimination of expenses for commercial chicken-feed. In a nutshell, the paddock system works like this: Multiple (i.e., four) fenced areas can […]

2014 Fenceline Garden Plan

Earlier this month I shared my Main Garden Plan for 2014. If you’re interested in seeing what I’m growing in our 1,152 square feet of raised beds, click here. In that post I mentioned that I had not yet created a plan for the Fenceline Garden, a 100-foot x 2.5-foot raised bed along the perimeter of our fenced backyard. For the last two years I used this space to grow vegetables for our CSA. This garden is divided visually by […]

Books I’d Like to Read This Year

Wish List Wednesday |Books I’d Like to Read This Year Last year I made a New Year’s resolution to read one non-fiction book per month. I bought a lot of great books but failed to actually follow through with reading them all. This year I’m not exactly making the same goal, but I do want to create a mini library of interesting books to sample this year. Who knows… maybe I’ll get trough them all this year. Here’s my Wish […]

June 2013 Garden Update

Howdy folks! It has been quite a week for us. On the family side of things, our first foster child went back to his family yesterday. On the farm side, the weather has finally been warm. A healthy mix of rain, humidity, sun and some natural fertilizer (fish emulsion) have proven to be very beneficial to the gardens. On one hand I’m very pleased with how healthy everything is and how it is progressing along given this season’s circumstances. But […]

Solar-Powered Garden Gadgets

Wish List Wednesday | Solar-Powered Gadgets This time of year I’m soaking up all the rays I can on rare sunny days. It won’t be long now before the days become more gray and so I’m eager to enjoy the sunshine while it’s here. (Sing it with me… Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun, please shine down on… *ahem* I digress…) In honor of Mr. Sun before he goes into hibernation for the winter, I thought it would be fun for […]