Friday, December 16, 2016

Grandma Vi's - Homemade Beans

You will love these beans!
One of the most requested of all Red Fence Farm recipes, so I decided to post for all to try.

Violet Henry's (Grandma Vi) recipe is over 75 years old and was responsible for helping feed 7 Henry children.

I will admit, Grandma Vi did not use a crock pot, there was no such thing back then. She used a cast iron dutch oven.

Lets get started. You will need:
  • 3 cups pinto beans
  • 1 cup mixed beans
  • 2 smoked ham hocks (whole)
  • 8 oz cured salt pork (diced)
  • 1/2 onion (rough cut)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili pepper 
1. Dump all into the crock pot.
2. Fill with water, 1/2 inch from top.
3. Cover with lid
4. Set crock pot to 8 hours slow and sit back for a real treat. 

 I love making these on a Friday night and waking to the smell of Grandma Vi's Homemade Beans.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

How to Keep Your Goat Water Algae Free

Keeping algae at bay in a water trough is often a real chore, especially if it is located in the full sun. I have introduced gold fish into all of my outdoor water troughs and am pleased to say that it has been an absolute success. The fish are not some sort of an exotic species, they are the very inexpensive "feeder gold fish" that can be purchased at almost any pet store. I am very proud of the fish featured in the photo, they are going on 4 years old and that is old for Alaskan gold fish. Yes, I do keep the trough heated during the cold winter months here in Palmer, Alaska. By the way, I have never fed the gold fish. They thrive on bits and pieces of feed left by the goats as they drink, and of course, from the algae. Hope you'll give this, it's efficient and fun!

Other short stories you may enjoy reading:

Heated Water Bucket - How to Build
Don't dump your livestock tank heater
Goat Water System
My goat is getting shocked at the trough

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Milking Goats At Midnight

People, when asked about Alaska, often think of cold and dark with maybe a mental vision of some igloos in the background.  One of our best kept secrets is our summer. In Palmer, Alaska home of the Red Fence Farm and the Henry Milker, we have nineteen hours, twenty two minutes and twenty three seconds of daylight in June.

Other shorts you may enjoy: 

 How to Build a Milking Stand 
Buying a Goat For Milk
The Henry Milker: How Does Goat Milk Taste
Does Your Goat Milk Taste Like Your Goat? 
How to make Goat Cheese?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pasture for Goats

Using pasture as a nutrient source for goats makes good sense and tends to save money on your feed bill. Here in Palmer, Alaska we pay as much as $50 for a bale of hay.

A mature pasture, that has about 3-4 inches of growth is preferred but only meets the nutritional requirements of dry and early pregnant does. Does in early lactation, and young goats will have to have their feed ration supplemented. 

Fencing for goat pastures is essential in keeping the plants healthy. The photo on the right shows a mobile grazer I built for controlled grazing. As the goats run out of pasture inside the enclosed area, they simply push the pen to "greener grass".

Other Henry Milker tips you may enjoy: