Meet Dolores

Our newest addition to the family, Delores an Isa brown hen whom we adopted from our family. She was a bit of a trouble maker, cracking all of the other hen’s eggs so we took her in. Just this past week she gave us our first eggs and she seems to be warming up to us since building her new digs. We’re hoping to introduce a few new friends to Delores in the coming months, however this is all new to us so any chicken raising advice is always welcome.

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An afternoon Cultivating Shiitake Mushrooms(Day 1)

Yesterday we spent a few hours helping out at the Boyter Family Farm in Fonthill to learn about the process of cultivating mushrooms by working hand in hand with them. Here are a few photos from the first stage of cultivating shiitake mushrooms with a brief description below each as well as a link with more in depth information if you’re interested.

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Violet and the pile of cut Maple logs, we used for cultivating. It’s recommended to use a hard wood for Shiitake Mushrooms such as oak, birch and beech along with a few others are also options for  the process. 
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Drilled holes for inoculation approximately 1 inch in depth.
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Drilling the holes to later fill with shiitake spores.
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Melting bees wax using an old crock pot as a double boiler. 
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Hardened block of bees wax that was later melted for capping the holes filled with spores.
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Using a bent spoon to cover the holes.
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 Maple logs filled with mushroom spores and capped with bees wax.