Author Archives: Janet

Catfish Eggs

Here’s a short video of John and our fish hatchery  

A Teeny Tiny Barn

    John’s newest creation is a 6′ by 6′ barn. I call it the Fishing Shack as it overlooks a small pond. The large porch provides shade for those who want to fish and there is a narrow cubby to store fishing poles. The sheep have their own entrance off to the side.     This redwood star was made out of the cutouts from the braces.  The braces are the diagonal elements that stabilize the posts on the […]

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Barn Owls and Agriculture

Hope to build a couple of barn owl boxes this year.   “Today farmers are finding that the barn owl’s cry is the sound of death to rodents. Barn owls are helping to win the war against rodents in the fields. Barn owls and their descendents have been around for the last 26 million years and their importance to agriculture in California is just coming to the forefront. One barn owl will eat on the average of 155 gophers per […]

Visiting a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia – picture book

Children’s picture book of our visit to Zambia                                                                            

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Casper the friendly goat with her three kids.  They are about four hours old in this picture.   Here she is on the 4th of July.  She was huge!    


Upcycled Dog House

  I love it when John creates something wonderful and useful out of stuff  lying around the farm.  His latest creation?  A 40″ x 40″ dog house constructed from upcycled materials. John tweaked a design he found on the web. A friend gave us the plywood, cedar fencing and louvered door.   The roof opens to reveal a secret compartment to store dog food. The project took two days to complete (and a couple of bandaged fingers!). Total cost = […]

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Central Valley Peace Corps Spring Send-Off!


Read Across America with Farmer John

  John visited a kindergarten class in Sanger, California.  The students enjoyed meeting Seahawk and Bronco, our four week old twins!

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The Goat Chronicles

  I was taking photos of the new kids on the block, and Wendy, who just gave birth that morning, comes right up to me and stares into the camera. So here’s a pic of the new mama. Both mom and kids (twins again) are doing great! For those of you who are counting, that gives us a total of six kids born in 2014!

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Introducing Bronco and Seahawk, day-old twins!

    Bronco is a lot smaller than Seahawk and is having difficulty standing and nursing. Thankfully, she is doing better today than yesterday. John goes out several times per day to make sure she is getting adequate milk, but it is still kind of touch and go for the little thing…… Feb 9, 2014 Update:  By day three, Bronco was strong enough to walk and nurse on her own!

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