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Sand Hill Thicket

Tales of stunning sunsets, happy sheep, and peace and quiet on a 10-acre farm in Northeastern Kansas.

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Spring

Shearing Has Begun

We started shearing, but it has been really dreary, cold, and rainy. We took a couple of days off to let the sheep dry and now it's sprinkling again... The weather just doesn't want to cooperate this year. Sunday was... Continue Reading →

The Crocuses Are Up!

Spring is on its way! I'm so excited! Even though we are in between a couple of snowstorms from the stretching of the #PolarVortex, I can finally see the end of the tunnel. It's time to plant seeds for vegetable... Continue Reading →

Attempting A No-Till/No-Dig Garden

Yesterday we placed a large silage tarp over the grass and weeds in this area to attempt to start a new no-till/no-dig garden site. We tried super hard to find enough items to keep the tarp down, but in the... Continue Reading →

Salad, Salad, & More Salad

So, I layered on new compost and planted a garden in early December to overwinter under the low tunnel. When I went to check on the garden after the #PolarVortex in February, I was pretty sure everything was probably dead... Continue Reading →

Shearing is Done!

Oh my, I never thought we'd shear that last sheep, but we've finally finished! This is the most sheep we've ever sheared in a season. We've got a pretty good system down now: we team shear, trim hooves, vaccinate, and... Continue Reading →

Late April Snowstorm: Lambs’ First Snow

April 20: Our last frost date was about two days before this... Don't worry, it all melted by 2pm that afternoon!

All Your Lamb Are Belong to Me! (Video)

Lambing has commenced! https://youtu.be/VqXm0cbdjsI Orange is in love with Clove, our bottle lamb from a set of mismatched twins. Notice Orange is bigger than Clove at 12 days old! Gardenia, a first time mum, gave birth to a set of... Continue Reading →

Cleaning Out a Dead Hive

Since the bees froze to death due to the #PolarVortex, we decided we better clean out the hive before critters and mold got to it. There was quite a bit of honey to harvest, but that's another post! We had... Continue Reading →

There’s Hope

Even though we are in the throes of winter now, the days are already getting longer. Yes, it's cold. The stock ponds are frozen over. It can be very dreary and monochromatic this time of the year. No, we haven't had any good ice storms or blizzards, yet. However, I've already seen the light at the end of the tunnel!

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