Wood Splitting The HARD way

Tommy splitting wood Many things in life stand before you in the form of decisions, Like splitting wood for example, you could use any number of tools here on the farm to get the job done, like Gas powered wood splitter Monster maul Splitting maul Axe sledgehammer and wedges Tommy, Our 14 year old boy thought the…

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I found this list…

I found this list on an older post and I figured I would update what really did happen since this list was written just before maple season 2013 and now it is a year later….. So here are the plans we have set before the LORD, and we will see what he blesses. v  Maple…

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The New Sugar Shack!

The New Sugar Shack! Normal? Normal is a dryer setting, not a building code! About 10 years ago I found a picture of this style of building in a chicken supply catalog. It is called a starplate building system. It is 5 sided and looks a little different, but it is very lumber efficient! The kit was…

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My first Blog

My first blog 1/14/14 “Normally” My lovely bride would do the posting BUT its been kind of rough around here since the last blog entry in Febuary of 2013… So let me catch you all up…Quickly… March – Nina’s sister died after a week in ICU April, May, June, July- We got two more kids! …

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Untitled Post

        Well, it’s that time again! The days are warming up nicely and soon I will be spending my days boiling sap!  It is amazing to me how our operation has grown over the last 4 seasons. The first sap year in NY we tapped maybe 18 taps at a good friend’s…

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The fall has begun

Well, it is fall and my goal and hopes to inspire others with gardening info… well it did not happen. It has been a very busy year for us here on Emtoca Farm. I have lots of photos of the garden this year. We tilled an entire new section and tried some great new varieties.…

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WE ARE MOVING!

As a family, we have done many things over the years. 3 years ago we bought a house in MExico NY and declared. WE ARE NEVER MOVING AGAIN. This was it, our homestead to retire on. We have put a lot of sweat into this little peace of land. We have built 2 barns, created…

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Soap Making Blues

Oh the joys of learning to make soap. My journey began last summer. I had a friend who sells soap and I LOVE her soap! It is creamy, smells good and lasts quite a while. Having pondered soap making before, i decided it was time to try my hand at it. How hard can it…

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Goats… so much to learn

It is a cold and very WINDY day here at EmToCa farm. We were blessed with our second set of goat babies this year. Our doe Lucy gave birth around 6pm yesterday. Except for the weather being so cold, everything seems to be just fine. It just simply amazes me to see a mama goat…

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