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As the sun rose up this morning over Mount Shasta, we recovered a bee swarm discovered by Amelia Barr in Grenada. Eleanor and Izzy assisted this most simple swarm catch. Watch it below: The bees are now back at Maagic Mountain farm with frames of honey and pollen. May they enjoy their new home. SponsorContinue reading “Sunrise Swarm Success”
LOOK WHAT JUST HAPPENED! I went to go check on Shahar, who just birthed a huge boy far out in the pasture. I heard a grunt and looked to my left and this is what I saw… Thanks Violet for showing us all how it is done; a goat demonstration of natural kid-birth. In theContinue reading “A Goat is Born”
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Growing Together Giving thanks for our 3rd year of committed gardeners working together to vision and create our Maagic garden. After working throughout the winter, our 2020 Spring garden is already started and growing. We encourage everyone to plant at home and share work and harvest with their neighbors. A farm grows more than plantsContinue reading “2020 Garden Group”
The Spring starts out again with new batch of black and white duck eggs. These are not as boldly black as the years before but a welcomed signal of abundance to come this farm season. Duck eggs are back!
Less than 2 weeks and they are hopping about and copying mom.
Here they come 2020 kids. These two born in the sun, Roadie gave birth to 3 new lives today, 2 boys and a girl. These kids were born about 11am, February 11. This is filmed at 12:23, they are about an hour old.
Life and death are intertwined on the farm. Regularly I witness the natural miracle of birth and death over and over again. A duckling emerges from its shell and is killed in 2 days. The garden grows and is killed by frost in a night and seasonally the entire landscape appears to die in theContinue reading “Honoring the Dying Time”
Come learn or order stewing hens. All activities on the farm are conscious acts of homestead life and sustainability. Click to learn more and order stewing hens.
The seasons of change, Spring and Fall, offer the best time for the schools to visit. Each year the kids teach me as I watch them learn and discover the natural world behind their food. Sometimes the kids work on the farm too, like this group moving the rotational grazing fence as a team.
May, June, July and now August have been so full and spectacular. There are at least 5 posts missing from the blog that will come as soon as the growth slows, offerng more time for writing. In the meantime, I wanted to post some summer beauty. More to come soon… See the bee kissing theContinue reading “Summer Beauty”
This summer nine people from north and south county came together to share a meal on the farm auctioned off for the annual Mercy Mount Shasta Hospice Event. The meal was served in sight of the flowing pasture, which was the primary offering on the table. The menu not only included raw garden “weeds” butContinue reading “Hospice FundRaiser Dinner”
Yesterday night I heard the first peeps. Then today the duckling chirped its way into the garden. I scooped it up and brought it back to mom. See and listen to video below. My experience has been that the first to hatch have it rough because there is no one around yet to play withContinue reading “First to Hatch”
Back by request, for the second year in a row, the farm will offer a class about conscious meat harvest led by John Beggs. Learn more here
Come on out Sunday, June 16 for a special presentation by guest speaker and author, Marianne Brettell-Vaughn. She will teach us about her experience and knowledge of sacred gardening. It will be a fun afternoon in the garden and on the land…Learn More Here
Today, two boxes of frames loaded with wax, honey, brood and a young queen all set up in their new home on the land. Huge gratitude for their presence on the land. Welcome bees!
Enjoyed a beautiful day in the sun kids loving kids.
In the first 4 months of 2019, Maagic Mountain Farm was blessed with 24 kids from 9 does. Four of the does delivered 4 kids. What an abundant Spring! Watch the kids frolic on the log with the natural orchestra in the background. Moms are mowing the lawn while the kids play.
Yin & Yang duck eggs are back signaling Spring! Check out the Yin and Yang eggs from years past… Every year at least one of our ducks begins laying one black egg and then then get lighter each day. Yeah, duck eggs are back! This year I found their nest in the goat stall. BeforeContinue reading “Equinox Balance”
In 2018 the Garden Group took on a bit more structure when past members of the old Land Trust Garden committed themselves to our maagic garden space. Other members also joined in and we did it together! The age range of committed gardeners was 0-80+. Each of us offering different skills and gardening pleasures, butContinue reading “Garden Group Gratitudes”
A wildly heatlthy herb class offered by Cara Saunders at Bear Wallow Herbs of Mt. Shasta. Cara’s deep connection and down to Earth approach to creating her medicines taught us all the value of these plants and how to use them. The class was filled with hands-on identifying, connecting, wildcrafting, and creating medicine fromContinue reading “Bear Wallow Herb Walk”
With a dappled light on the garden and the sun’s spotlight on the pasture of goats, the Maagic Mountain Farm’s “Al Pastor” dinner began as guests arrived and enjoyed the land that would offer their evening meal. The event opened with a prayer and offering of bee pollen on the tongue while local musician, GentleContinue reading “Al Pastor Evening in the Garden”
Monday afternoon the bees called me from the garden. I went over to find a huge swarm in the air circling all around. The sound was intoxicating. I ran back to the house and got the camera and recorded this video. TURN UP YOUR SOUND!!! After about 30 minutes, they settled down inContinue reading “The Bees Swarm”
Wednesday, June 13, 5:30-8:30 In this class, we remember that to eat is to take life. The class is an introduction into butchery in a way that teaches of the deliciousness, respect and celebration that is created through an honest relationship with our food. Learn more at Homestead Butcher Class…
A unique evening prepared by Chef JT Beggs from the land at Maagic Mountain Farm…READ MORE
by Farm Member, Ashley Hirsh Recently, a few farm members had the pleasure of experiencing a bread making class with Leslie at Maagic Mountain Farm. At the beginning of class Leslie assured us we were up to the task because she doesn’t “do anything that isn’t easy!” But since she runs a five acre organicContinue reading “Whey Easy Bread Class (And Recipe!)”
When life feels too big to handle, go outside. Everything looks smaller when you’re standing under the sky. L.R. Knost Deborah Franzini leads this gentle Yoga class tuning us into our inner world in the presence of all the natural sights, sounds, smells and vibrations of the outside world on the farm. Rain, shine, andContinue reading “Gentle Yoga on the Farm”
By farm family member, Ashley Hirsh I grew up in a conventional American household in Las Vegas, Nevada. The nutrition of my youth was S.A.D. (Standard American Diet.) Meals came out of boxes or cans and our idea of a refreshing beverage was an ice cold Pepsi. When I left home and began my journeyContinue reading “Maagical Solstice: A Member’s Experience”
Blessings of life with cute healthy kids!
Summer 2016 was a whirl! It was a lovely year with healthy pastures, many babies, and a healthy garden. It went so fast…I guess it was because we were having so much fun!
The Girl Scouts came out and we had a great time playing on the farm. The girls toured everything from the compost to the beehives to the milkstall.The girls tried hand milking and held baby goats. They enjoyed spending time in the field brushing them and playing. They asked many questions and had a greatContinue reading “Girl Scouts Name Clover”
Golden Eagle Charter School came out a couple times this year offering grades K-5th an opportunity to learn how family scale food production is done. They learned how all the animals have their jobs on the farm: Goats – Landscapes, weed eradicators, providers of meat and milk and lots of fun Chickens – Compost turners,Continue reading “Golden Eagle Charter School Visits”
Sherry Ackerman offered a basic edible and herb walk on the land and in the pasture. Big takeaway fo me…More edibles per square inch grow on less naturally healthy and disturbed land rather than in nature. Those weeds we can’t seem to get rid of in the garden are often edible treats or even gourmetContinue reading “Herb Walk on the Land”
The 2016 birthing season has delivered us 15 kids so far. Our basket is full of new life!
Daisy, the lead goat, was first to deliver on Saturday afternoon of February 20 and adds 1 doeling and 1 buckling to the herd. Congratulations Daisy! Then Sunday, February 28 Coral delivered 3 uniquely colored little buckings. The came out small, medium and large in that order and sizing. Congratulations Coral! Next up: Valentine as soonContinue reading “February brings 1st Births of 2016”
Happy Birthday Melba! Click here to see Melba last year with her brother in First Kids of 2015 post
The chickens can be so hard to see roosting in the snow, especially in the photos and on the internet. I blurred everything except the spot on the tree where the chickens are roosting. This is the same photo used for seek and find.
Some of our hens are free spirits and refuse to sleep in the coup. They prefer a chicken’s natural roost, small limbed trees (too small for predators to climb). This makes for fun times and not only eggs to hunt for but hens also. In the picture above 4 hens roost, hidden after an evening snow. CanContinue reading “Holiday Seek and Find”
David Asher, author of new book, “The Art of Natural Cheesemaking” is coming back to Mt. Shasta to teach two classes. Kid Creek Pastures and Maagic Mountain Farm are co-hosting this event and herdshare members have first priority for limited seating on the farmstead in Kid Creek Pastures’ kitchen. Sign up by Dec. 10 for bestContinue reading “Kefir & Cheesemaker is coming back!!!”
Todd is finishing up the mini high tunnel greenhouse he built right over the tomatoes and basil. It is our first attempt at extended/winter gardening and we are excited to learn. The space is so beautiful, I look forward to having a solarium in the winter, the extended growing season just feels like a bonus. IfContinue reading “Winter Greens?”
August 10, 2012 we closed escrow on this homestead property. The house was a striped foreclosure and without a toilet (just a hole), no bathroom floor, no light fixtures, beer cans littered around the house and very dirty. One wall in the kitchen was used as a dartboard. Outside, the yard was completely unkept forContinue reading “Maagic Mountain Farm…a lot can happen in 3 years”
This morning I was honored with an amazing opportunity. While milking and looking out on to the pasture, out under the tree, our first-time mother, Shadow, gave birth. The labor started while washing goat #1 and I watched her: up and down, pawing the ground building a nest, up and down, and around, yawn, yawn (opening), and thenContinue reading “Birth Under the Apple Tree”
Lots of new things happening at the homestead: New last week: 3 Turkeys and 10 Chicken Pullets. They live in an interior cage inside the chicken pen. This helps everyone stay protected and get familiar with each other. These turkeys are almost chicken size. Watch how quickly they grow! A new Top Bar HiveContinue reading “NEWS on the Homestead”
Two weeks ago Friday the bees moved back on to the farm. The first couple of days they saw sun but then only rain and wind and a bit of hail. They are loving this sunny day! Today they are out and about collecting food. See the pollen sacks on their legs as they returnContinue reading “Welcome Home Honey Bees”
Ducks are laying again. Attached is a photo of the first 2 eggs they laid this week. One black and one white. Really, I did not color the egg; it came out just like this. I did color the background. Farm life always offers little lessons of balance and spirit. Remember Duck egg yokes can beContinue reading “Yin & Yang Duck style!”
This Saturday we enjoyed a lovely farm day in the sun and green pasture. Today we woke up to white everywhere. Look at the view from the milking stall. Todd designed it perfectly so the view is open but no snow comes in. You can see the ducks look like they want in but theyContinue reading “The Landscape Changes Overnight”
Valentine delivered 2 healthy kids on March 26th. The doeling and bucking are so cute and just starting to really jump around. Come play on Saturday, April 4. This was the last birth until next August/September and so the herd is settling in with the new little ones. Most of these kids have or will move on to other homesContinue reading “2015 Spring Birthing Season is Complete”
Late in January with the warm days I noticed the bees active in the heat of the day. I could monitor their activity as well by watching their debris on the bottom board of the hive. Then by mid February, after those heavy rains and winds, all activity stopped. Last weekend I opened the hive andContinue reading “Bee Update”
Spring is here and the ducks are laying. Fresh duck eggs available to members for trial by the each at 2 for $1. They can be used just like chicken eggs. They are more nutrient dense and bigger. Duck eggs are often preferred over chicken eggs by bakers. Check out some recipes and thoughts on duckContinue reading “Quack-Quack…Duck Eggs”
On February 9 & 10th the two sets of twins will be one month old already. They are all over the place cruising the farm as the choose. Kids can get through all the farm fencing and roam as they choose. Last week they were hanging out in the tree and leaping on logs. TheContinue reading “Kids get big so fast!”
The rain is falling and the pastures are greening! They say we can expect 9 inches this week. Green photos from Spring 2014
Welcome little ones! Melba and Flash born 1/10/2015 Saturday evening to Tinkerbell, also known as “Tink”. Then went out next afternoon and found 2 more from Glinda. Day 4 hanging out with lead goat Daisy!
In gratitude of all the humans and creatures that create our farm community. We all need each other to keep it flowing and fun! Thank you!
Oh Yes, our ducks a crazy group of travelers. Every day they make a trip around the street block. The walk in a line and entertain most of our neighbors. Others find it scary for these creatures to be on the loose for fear or their harm or harm to humans. Most recently we reinforcedContinue reading “Traveling Ducks”
Thursday Gave birth to her first kid! She is learning to be a great mom.
Just born this week is our latest addition, Sunshine. Born Thursday, September 4 out in the pasture. She was delivered by a new freshling, Thursday. Yes Thursday delivered Sunshine on Thursday. Sunshine is part SaanNubian and Nigerian (small breed milk goat). Since this was Thursday’s first birth I wanted the babies to be small. WellContinue reading “Welcome “Sunshine””
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