Thoughts & Inspiration

Seed

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Seed

I plant the seed in the warming soil The sun in my face tingles my skin A gentle breeze awakens me I am like the planted seed Fully embraced by Mother Earth I watch as life springs forth Timeless magic the child of sun and earth Cotyledon thrusting embracing a father’s touch Radicle extending tendrils […]

Homestead Tales

No More Livestock On The Homestead

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No More Livestock On The Homestead

We have a variety of livestock residing here at Blackberry Run Homestead. An assortment of chickens and ducks, geese, rabbits and goats. When I enter the barn every morning I am greeted by a cacophony of sound that would rival a 10 piece brass band. Quacks, honks, bleats, screams and crowing drown out any other […]

Homesteading 101

Insects Are Eating My Plants

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These Insects Are Eating My Plants

Of all the hats homesteaders wear in order to maintain their homesteads, becoming an amateur entomologist has to be one of the more bizarre. Everybody can probably identify at least a dozen different insects by species. For example, fly, spider, bee, ladybug, ant, firefly. Okay maybe not a dozen, but at least several. The identification […]

Thoughts & Inspiration

Day

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Day

rolled out of bed stubbed my toe grabbed a shower no hot water poured a coffee dropped the mug cleaned up the mess got a sliver of glass looked out the window rain is pouring down took a deep cleansing breath banged my head on the door stepped outside roosters are crowing goats are climbing […]

Homesteading 101

5 Items For Successful Turkey Processing

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Processing Turkeys

We have been raising poultry here at Blackberry Run Homestead almost since day one. However, we only started processing our own meat about 10 years ago. Why the gap? Lack of time, since both Mrs. Blackberry and I were working full-time jobs off of the homestead. When we started this exciting new venture of meat […]

Thoughts & Inspiration

The Path

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The Path

we walk a path on the edge between ancestors and future generations what was handed down we rejuvenate and pass along remember the old ways blend them with the new listen to the whispers in the dark from the unseen things of old knowledge shared across the ages traveling the winds of time guiding our […]

Thoughts & Inspiration

The Door

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The Door

I came upon a secret door no key to open the lock thinking perhaps one was near I searched but could not find it I called for help but received no answer no idea what to do next I paced around trying to discover some method to gain access as darkness fell and I grew […]