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Farm News

Good Time To Plant Mayhaw Berry Trees

Written by: Golden Acres Ranch
December 6, 2019

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Mayhw Berry Trees in the pond
It’s winter and the Mayhaw Berry trees have gone dormant. So now is a good time to plant root stock. We have Mayhaw Trees, in various sizes and varieties for sale here at the ranch. From 4-gal, grafted to 1-gal seedlings, you’ll be able to start these beautiful landscape trees on your property. Drought-Tolerant, Native Continue reading...

Millstone Plantation in Tallahassee

Written by: Golden Acres Ranch
October 1, 2019

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Millstone Plantation House
The Millstone Institute for Preservation, on Lake McBride near Tallahassee, is a property that has been set aside for the benefit and education of the people of Florida. Over the years the Institute has held a wide variety of cultural events including literary readings, theatrical and musical performances, antique tours, film screenings, the Fall Weavers Continue reading...

Storm in Sympathy with Texas

Written by: Christine
August 26, 2017

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Last night we had a such a violent storm, I felt it was in sympathy with Texas. The lightning, especially in my second story bedroom, was blinding and constant. Between the thunder and lightning Bailey wouldn’t even stay upstairs with me. The power went out of course. It turned out to be from one of Continue reading...

Ranchers Journal – Thursday August 17, 2017

Written by: Christine
August 17, 2017

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Got started late and stayed out longer than I expected to. So this will be brief – or at least that’s the plan. Once I get to ‘talking,’ I find I have lots to say! One of the things I did this morning was to make an extra trip to check minerals. The goats need Continue reading...

Watering the Chickens

Written by: Christine
June 4, 2017

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Chickens I went out to feed the chickens first this morning. They had enough feed still, but all the water canisters were ready to be filled. Since I’d been seeing some runny poops (we’re very ‘poop-centric’ here), I decided to add some apple cider vinegar to each. Just a quarter cup or so. Vinegar is Continue reading...

Puppies!

Written by: Christine
April 20, 2017

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Honey had a litter of fluffy, healthy pups on March 18th.  They’re are all sold but one, a male. Here’s a photo from just this morning. India (Honey’s mom) had a litter yesterday! It looks like she’s had five, but we are leaving her alone (except for food and water) for the first week. She’s Continue reading...

Morning Chores

Written by: Christine
April 5, 2017

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Hi all. This is Christine. I’ve been here a year now, and I’m finally in a position to do more ranch work. I’ve been feeding the animals in the mornings and taking care of the chicks. It’s hard to take photos and feed the animals at the same time, but I’ll do my best. Here’s Continue reading...

Chick Brooders Before and After

Written by: Christine
February 23, 2017

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It’s good to know how to improvise what’s needed. Remember the makeshift chick brooder we’ve been using for the guinea chicks? A free-standing tub in a back porch, a heat lamp and thermometer. Messy, smelly and inconsistent temperatures, but it worked well enough for the guineas. Well, now that we know we can, we decided Continue reading...

The Life of a Mayhaw Pond

Written by: Christine
September 15, 2016

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September 12, 2016 For those of you who were following the Berry Barometer leading up to our Mayhaw Berry Harvest Festival last May, I thought an update would be in order. Especially since our natural Mayhaw Berry tree stand goes through such radical changes through the year. Here’s a recent video. The whole seasonal series Continue reading...

Long Hot Summer!

Written by: Bobbie
August 19, 2016

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What has been going on since the Mayhaw Festival. Mostly we’ve been trying to avoid the heat. That means chores get done in the morning, though not all that early. It’s a myth that all farmers get up before dawn. I might wake up as the first light hits the windows but my first motion Continue reading...