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Welcome to the FARM CHIT CHAT blog.

We are real farm and homestead families.  We are scattered from as far north as Maine to as far south as Texas, and from as far east as Virginia to as far west as California.  In September of 2012, we began to work together to bring the best of what we do into one convenient resource.  We have become close friends and truly value the friendship we also share with our readers.

We are modern homesteaders and farmers, chicken keepers, gardeners, goat herders, canners, knitters, homesteaders, and DIYers. We raise cows, goats, rabbits, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese, pigs and farm kids. We grow crops; we preserve and can; we bake and cook.  
We home school, knit and crochet, build, re-purpose, and craft. We want to inspire others to live a simple, natural farm life every day, whether in the country, the suburbs or in the city.   We say that being a farm family is not about how much land you have; it is about what you do with it.  It's a matter of the heart, embracing a simpler, more wholesome and self-sufficient life, and having fun doing it. 

So we challenge you to wear more aprons, raise chickens, grow vegetables, knit a sweater, ride a horse, spin wool from your own sheep, plant a garden, pick strawberries, make jam, dry herbs, milk a goat, bake an apple pie, pick wildflowers, bake bread by hand, catch tadpoles, can some tomatoes, make a quilt, hang your laundry outside on the line...or even just shop at the farmers market more often.

We work as a group to promote homesteading, homemaking, homeschooling and hobby farming through this community blog as well as our own individual blogs.

 

31 comments:

  1. Thank you! You made day so much easier with all the blogs in one place.

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  2. This is wonderful - I'll be back often!

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    1. You are welcome to visit any time! :)

      Heather, The Whimsical Feather

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  3. This is going to be a fabulous resource for me! There are several links that I already follow. I just published a Facebook page 'For The Love Of Chicken Poop' - https://www.facebook.com/ForTheLoveOfChickenPoop. And a blog to follow soon! We have been urban gardening/farming, sustainable living, etc., advocates forever. This year we have taken on a flock of chickens! Backyard chicks are new for us so they are the main reason for the blog. On my fb page I have already read and shared a lot of helpful info from other blogs. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started the blog…ugh! Fortunately I love what I'm writing about!

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    1. Hi Liz..just checked out your FB page and am now following. Cool info. My girls helped me start my blog, too. That's the thing about blogs, you just write where your heart takes you. Good luck :)

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  4. Hi,my name is Vickie Cook.I live in northeast Ms. on a 8 acre farm named Lickskillet Farm.I am retired from teaching school.My husband and I keep one of our grandchildren and 47 chicken,2 turkeys,2 ducks,1 minature horse,12 goats,and 5 sheep.Several of our fowl are heritage breeds.I also have English angora rabbits,a large garden,and a spring fed water system.As you can see we stay very busy but love to talk to others about our way of life.

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  5. I couldn't have discovered this blog at a better time. I am currently building my first chicken coop and am diving into the world of chickens and need all the resources I can find! Thank you all for your contributions and dedication.

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    1. I'm sure I speak for many if not all of these bloggers when I say we will be happy to support or help your with your questions or concerns regarding chicken raising. We were all new to this at one time! thanks for visiting us

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    2. Welcome, Melanie :)

      I second Janet's comment. We're glad your here and if we can help, just ask!

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  6. I've just discovered this blog today and I want to say what a great idea! I love having a "gathering" of bloggers all interested in the same topics. It looks like it's still fairly new. But I can see as it grows, this site will turn into such a great resource! I'll be bookmarking the site and hope to be back often!

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  7. I just found this from a link from 1840 farm. We just started raising chickens and next summer we hope to get a couple of goats, so i will take any advise from any goat herders. I dont have a blog but would love to hear from you.
    Sondra (Songor Farm)

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  8. Sharon October 26,2012 Just stopped by from Michigan and I love this. I love all things farm,(even though I am in the city) home, family, crafts. Loved all your posts and "liked" you on FB. Not real computer literate though so hope I can follow and see your stuff as much as I want. This gathering of Bloggers is great. I lost my job last year so went back to my "hippie" days and really went thrifty and gardened and canned again (which I hadn't done in years). Love all the food, home and craft ideas!

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  9. I'm a new follower and can't seem to get to your email, so I'm telling you here. I have just 1 square acre. I'm going to put in a garden in the spring. I've always had one but have let it slip the past couple years as I couldn't get someone to rototill for me. I'm 70 and can't dig it up myself anymore. I have 2 dogs, a house cat and two barn cats, 2 horses (that are boarded somewhere else) and 5 new (28 week old) laying hens. I'm so thrilled with my new hens, I've never had chickens before. What a hoot! I love your site and blogs. I have just started to look all around.

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    1. Welcome, Shirley. :) We are looking forward to getting our garden in this Spring, too. I hope you are able to find someone to help get that turned under. I know you are going to love keeping hens and you definitely came to the right place to talk about them!


      -Sonja ♥

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    2. Shirley, Welcome to the world of Chickens! They will transform you in ways you never would of imagined! You have come to the right place!

      -Heather, The Whimsical Feather

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  10. I just bought a beautiful wood burning stove with so much history. Does anyone have recipes for cooking on one. When I was little I had an aunt who had one and cooked on one all her good life. I would help stir or bring in wood. I really want to learn so much.

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  11. I'm your newest follower...this is a great idea! Thanks for hosting this blog!

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  12. Looks great. I would love to be a part of this myself.
    http://www.countrifiedhicks.com
    http://www.facebook.com/countrifiedhicks

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  13. Wow! What an impressive group of homesteaders! Thank you for introducing yourself on Wildcrafting Wednesday! :)

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  14. Great group of bloggers! Thanks for setting this up :) So many new blogs to check out! Thanks so much for sharing this on The HomeAcre Hop!

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  15. Aw, so that's what y'all look like! Beautiful ladies, with beautiful spirits! Thanks for sharing this! :)

    ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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    1. Whoops! I meant to also say thanks for sharing this at the Farm Girl Blog Fest #18!

      http://thismindbeinyou.blogspot.com/2013/02/farm-girl-blog-fest-18.html

      ~Kristi@Let This Mind Be in You

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    2. Oops! I accidentally deleted what I wrote! Let me try this again! ;)

      Kristi,
      I speak for all of us, and thank you for your beautiful comment. It is great to put a face to name! Thanks for following!

      Heather, The Whimsical Feather

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  16. Awesome idea! Thanks so much for coordinating. As a suburban homesteader, I look forward to learning from y'all!

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  17. I am here from the Boost-my-Blog party and here is what I have been looking for all over blog-land and only now found it because you left a kind comment on my blog.Thank-you !

    I keep chickens, ducks, doves, sheep..garden, can, sew, spin wool...I see this will be a site I return to over & over.

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    1. Welcome! Thanks for joining us! We are so glad to have you!

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  18. So happy to have happened across this site! We are homesteading homeschoolers trying to start an organic egg and broiler business. I'll be back often.

    Lisa from Shelby County Ohio

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  19. Hi I love this site because there are so many wonderful sites right @ your fingertips in one place. I too am a farmwife making my home on the plains of South Dakota w/my husband who happens to be a 4th generation farmer/livestock producer. You can check out all the happenings on our farm @ my website http://www.thefarmwifeatruralrouteone.com and we also have a FB page The Farmwife At Rural Route One. I will visit often Doretta

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