Happy Friday!

Good morning you precious farm followers! Thank you so much for stopping by and reading my little place on the web. I have two more jars of fruit fermenting in water. They are still in the brewing stage getting ready to become another batch of yeast water. This time they are filled with bing cherries! Not sure what bread they will become but I am sure by past experience they will be wonderful!

Today sometime I will be listing my animals for sale with prices and descriptions for each one. We are praying for wonderful safe homes for each and everyone of them. Our sheep, turkeys and our ducks are rare and endangered breeds. Hopefully some conservationist like us will be interested. We will list them on the Livestock Conservancy market page as well. As this new normal eventually becomes a reality I am sure God will continue to give direction and comfort. My father in law is doing fairly well considering all that his body has endured these past 7 weeks. God indeed is merciful to us and we trust He will continue to be.

Well Happy Friday to you all. Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. I am always ready to give an answer…

Elizabeth

Good morning!! New day!

Today is a new day here on Didaskalos Farm and though our life is beginning to take a slightly newer direction, my heart is still drawn to the love of the farm. God has put it in my heart and I cherish it! Jesus is the Bread of Life and that has such a magnitude of meaning. Bread in itself has been nourishing mankind for millennia. When I discovered Einkorn over five years ago I began the journey of transitioning my baking exclusively with this ancient grain. I have learned so much but never do I feel I cannot learn even more. God’s creation amazes me every minute of the day. If we just stop to ponder all the natural processes in this world we cannot be anything but truly blown away mentally by the AWESOMENESS of it all.

Today I am baking two french boules (round loaves) of einkorn bread. Now normally I use either an organically grown yeast from a company called Bioreal or my own sourdough starter to make a levain. However, today I am using yeast water that I made from fresh figs that I picked from our tree. Wild yeast really is what it is just like sourdough. The process is very simple and I learned about it from a bread blog last year. You start with clean, cool water. Nothing chlorinated please! Side note: We are privileged to have a 700 ft drilled well here that gives us delicious artisan well water. You cut up selected fruit or herbs, or plant material of your choosing and fill a mason jar 3/4 full cap it and let that ferment for 5-7 days. I cut up about six very ripe figs and set my jars in a dark place to begin their transition. My fermentation process however did not take but three days and my water was bursting with bubbles. I mixed up two levains yesterday and let them spend sometime together so they could begin the process of rising my bread today! So today is putting everything together day! Lord willing by the end of the day I will have produced two wonderfully risen round loaves of einkorn bread! Hopefully we can entice some of our farm followers to purchase these soon to be beauties and experience true organic goodness! Thanks for reading!! Have a wonderful day!

New Chapter begins...

Greetings to all you lovely farm followers. We have been livestock farming on a small scale for over 15 years now. I, Farmer Elizabeth also bake the full spectrum with ancient grains chiefly einkorn. God has a perfect plan for every one of His children’s lives so when sudden changes occur we are not totally taken off guard. This is such the situation that is upon us. My husband Farmer Craig is the only living child of his parents. Several weeks ago my father in law suffered a massive cardiac arrest. The paramedics by God’s grace were able to resuscitate my father in law and he then was transported to the nearest ICU. He spent 17 days in the hospital in Ohio (long story) my husband flew there immediately and spent those long days and nights with his parents. Thankfully my father in law is back in SC currently in a Hospital Rehab situation soon to be discharged to home. All this being said it is abundantly clear that they (my in-laws) will no longer be able to care for themselves full time. After much prayerful consideration, many tears on my side we have come to the decision to set aside our farm life at this time. What does that mean? It means finding wonderfully suited homes for all my livestock. We will begin the process by September 1st. Our Jersey calf Zoe will reach her four month milestone and can be weaned off her momma’s milk. Also we will be selling our current organically run farm . Though we are not certified organic we are more organic than many who are certified. So we can confidently transfer ownership with that being a truth. A lot to take in and even more to do. So feel free to message the farm with any questions. I will do my best to answer in a timely fashion. Pray us for us and we seek direction from our Lord He sets our path and we follow Him.

Welcome Summer!

Good day to all of you dear sweet farm followers! It has been a busy few months around here! We have a new A2/A2 mid sized Jersey calf growing like a weed! Her momma makes some rich milk for sure. Summer Thyme we believe lacerated her left rear teat with her dew claw several weeks back. At first we thought the poor calf (Zoe) was the guilty party but after reading some trusted organic Vet books the type of injury indicated dew claw. It is fly season! When she came in for milking one morning I thought I was going to have a heart attack. I said, Lord, this is beyond me! After He calmed my spirit down He gave me the courage to get to work cleaning it up and start the process of healing. Apparently it happened during the night so suturing it was out of the question. The swelling I understand would just cause the sutures to tear out. It was extremely painful for her so we quickly gave her some arnica and garlic tincture.That combination did the trick and she was a bit more comfortable. We then began rubbing some herbal infused olive oil on that quarter. We unfortunately could not milk her in that quarter at all without a potential injury to ourselves so we did the best we could. We are weeks down the road now and the laceration is completely healed but we do have some mastitis in that quarter. Thank God it is mild since the milk strains perfectly her CMT is barely reading a + 2 We are milking her twice daily and using some products from a company out of Pennsylvania called Synergy Animal Products. We expect a full recovery. Thankfully cows have an udder that keeps each quarter somewhat self contained. So mastitis in one quarter does not transfer to the other three unless you are sloppy and do not keep clean equipment. We milk that quarter totally separately and discard the milk. I cannot say enough about proper handling of raw milk. Milk as aseptically as you possibly can. Keep your cows clean and where they bed down as clean as you can. I have made myself a mini lab and I can now test my own milk for aerobic bacteria and coliforms. We do not sell raw milk as a certified dairy but we do want to make sure that our milk is a healthy and safe as possible. We work hard on our soil and do our best to strengthen our animals immune systems so they themselves can fight off any potential infections.

We have acquired some Narragansett turkeys! Yay! Three hens and two Toms. As well as three poults! We also have some Beltsville Small White turkey eggs in an incubator hopefully will hatch the first week of July. Also have some Silver Appleyard ducks eggs in another incubator due the hatch the second week of July. All of these poultry/water fowl breeds are very endangered. We hope to raise a few for our Thanksgiving table this year. Busy time here on the farm.

Last but not least we finally have a bee hive that survived the winter. It is getting so big we have to split it. I am so excited. we take a completely hands off approach to beekeeping. We check on them periodically but we use no treatments to keep them alive. We have plenty of pollinator friendly plants for them to thrive on and thankfully most of our neighbors garden organically. Lord willing we will be selling this farm before years end and relocating in the area to a place with much more pasture land and a lot less HOUSE. This beautiful old place just is too big for us. We need to downsize for sure and that is our prayer. We have a few sheep to sell so if any one is interested in a few Gulf Coast native sheep please email the farm. Enjoy your summer!

Welcome surprise new calf!

Greetings all you farm followers! I am happy to report that our standard A2/A2 standard Jersey-Summer gave us a beautiful new heifer calf on Wednesday May 1st!! YAY!!!!!! Summer has what I would call “silent heats”. We have our Middy Jersey Bull here in a separate pasture. Apparently he visited Summer in early August on one of his break outs and failed to notify Farmer Craig or I. So needless to say Summer did not come up for milking and she did not appear very pregnant to me but lo and behold she gave me the new title “The Dumbest Farmer in S.C.” Now sadly I do not consider myself a novice and I have been working on trying to decipher her signals so we could get her bred. But she apparently never sent me the memo of “no thanks, we got this”. Nevertheless we have a beautiful little heifer calf. We are going to send tail hairs off to UC Davis to make sure she is genetically what we say she is. Summer is now giving milk again which I will be sending a sample off to be tested just to make sure she is healthy and so is her milk. So that is my good news for the beginning of this month. Hopefully we will get back providing fresh wholesome grass fed milk to the folks who desperately need it.

The Gulf Coast lambs born this year are all growing like weeds! We for the first time in our sheparding have three bottle babies. Through no fault of their own their mothers developed health issues making it impossible for them to rear these little lambs. They are all healthy and beautiful and hopefully will have wonderful fiber filled lives ahead of them. We will seek out special homes for these little rams simply because we want to make sure they will be fine and so will their future owners. Bottle babies are very friendly which can make the rams a bit more dangerous. A good healthy fear of humans keeps them safe and us as well. Now we do handle our animals but the males of any species are treated with caution simply because many of them can be very unpredictable. Any animal weighing more than me is dangerous so when animals get up near 180-200 lbs I am very cautious. Our bull weighs probably 800-900 lbs and he is a mid/mini. Jersey. Caution is always a thought when I enter any area with livestock. Be careful folks but enjoy your farms, take no risks that would endanger your life but appreciate every day. It is a gift from God!