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  03:45:51 pm, by Karen   , 370 words  
Categories: Journal

You know it's cold when... are outside and the warm moist air rising up from behind the scarf wrapped around your face condenses and freezes on your eyelashes. So, yes, it's been cold. Readings of -12F to -20F in the mornings have not been uncommon. I know, I know, the… more »


  10:43:21 pm, by Karen   , 558 words  
Categories: Journal

Operation Commode

How did you spend your Martin Luther King Jr. Day? I'd be willing to bet it wasn't anything like ours. We awoke to find that the toilet in the bathroom wouldn't flush very well and it seemed that the problem was a frozen drain pipe somewhere under the… more »


  11:32:28 pm, by Karen   , 740 words  
Categories: Journal

"Merry Christmas, we broke the fence!"

Someone on another farm blog said, in regard to an accident that put her in the hospital for five days, "I may be too stupid to farm." I know exactly how she felt. Christmas Day Ken and I were invited to Ken's manager's house for Christmas dinner w… more »


  05:28:32 pm, by Karen   , 97 words  
Categories: Journal

Our Charlie Brown Christmas tree

December 14th we went out in our woods to find a tree for Christmas. We knew we weren't going to find one of those perfectly shaped trees that you can buy from a tree farm. But we wanted to find one of our own, and save the money besides. Well, here i… more »
  05:22:23 pm, by Karen   , 74 words  
Categories: Journal


Here are some photos of Jake from the last month: These first four were taken on November 23, 2008. This was the last day before the first snowstorm. Jake is about 15 weeks old here. This one was taken the day of the first snow, November 24… more »

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Sharing ideas from our small farm in NH, where we raise Icelandic sheep and assorted poultry. We are members of ISBONA (Icelandic Sheep Breeders of North America) and the CLRC (Canadian Livestock Records Corporation). We also participate in the Voluntary Scrapie Flock Certification Program (NH54). Contact us at karen [at] birchtreefarm [dot] com. Please also visit the farm website at Birchtree Farm.
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