Welcome to the Farm

Thanks for stopping by to check out the farm.  My name is Ashley and I wanted to welcome you personally to Little Red Hen Farms.  My parents bought a small farm in Oregon at the end of February 2017 and we have been working as a family to make it into a productive homestead for all of us to enjoy.

Jan’s Weekly Farm Update 2/9/2018

Happy Friday Homesteaders!  It’s time for a weekly update! Circumstances beyond our control are what we have been experiencing on the homestead.  After a lovely visit to California I returned home to a sick husband.  Since I am basically a roach I was not too worried.  That was my first mistake.  This flu bug did…

Jan’s Weekly Farm Update 1/22/2018

Happy Monday Homesteaders!  It’s time for a weekly update! Let’s start the week with great news!  I got the results from my goats blood draw and they all came back CAE/CL negative.  It is a relief to know that my goats are healthy, but I still have the dilemma of what to do with Annie….

Gearing up for the Garden Gauntlet

I have always been someone who gardened in a few raised beds, pots, really whatever I could find and I have experienced mixed results.  For the first time I am going to take on a decent sized garden plot with no raised beds, and it is a little intimidating. So far I have gotten organized…

Jan’s Weekly Farm Update 1/15/2018

Happy Monday Homesteaders!  It’s time for a weekly update! It is with a heavy heart that I begin this blog.  Our newest little girl Annie came to us because her mother had died.  The woman who sold Annie to us thought that her goat had cancer, but sent the body to OSU (Oregon State University)…

Farm Update 1/8/2018

Happy Monday Homesteaders!  It’s time for a weekly update! Happy New Year!  My New Year’s resolution is to produce a weekly blog during 2018 so that you can join us on our homesteading adventure.  Sometimes it is easy to let the responsibilities of homesteading and family life overwhelm you and blogging gets pushed to the…

Farm Life Reality Check

It is the New Year of 2018, which I believe many of us are hoping will be better than 2017.  But like so many of the other social media personalities and bloggers out there, many times we talk about the interesting things that happen, post the best pictures of our projects, and try and make…

Jan’s Weekly Farm Update 9/27/17

We are getting pounded by rain! Readying all of the animals and processes for a change of weather is always challenging and even more so when the weather change is only temporary.  This is my first time overwintering goats so I am learning how they react to inclement weather.  I’m finding out that they are…

Lessons Learned from Lard

So for many people Lard may be a rare item to find in your pantry.  However, if you purchase pork or portions of pork from a farmer you may have been offered the option to have fat be included in your purchase.  If you butcher your own hogs you are very aware that you receive…

Jan’s Weekly Farm Update 9/18/17

It has been a crazy busy homestead week here in Oregon. I never thought that I would become the resident weather person or that I would know my animals so well that any little cough, difference in temperament, or change in inputs or outputs would have me worried about their health.  I returned home after…