Homesteaders young and old

rhendaswingingwith chickensI follow many wonderful websites and blogs for homesteaders. I love homesteaders. All of the people I follow are young and working so hard to have their family live a healthy life. I am not as young in age but I feel like one with them. I talk to many people my age who have already raised the animals, planted the gardens and have moved on to an easier life. That is great for them. I want to live to the end of my life being able to go to my garden and get fresh grown food to eat. I want to eat meat that I know where it is grown and how it was grown and what it was fed. I want a chance to live a long healthy life. So while I may not be the young age the homesteaders are that I follow, I am young at heart, young in spirit and excited to grow my homestead with my husband. I want our homestead to be a marvelous, and yes, I know it is intensive work but oh so rewarding. 
We have 12 hens that are Delaware chickens. They are large, very docile, good egg layers. We have beautiful orange-yolked eggs. We have 40 Freedom Ranger broilers ordered and will receive them on October 5th. We are making their brooder and will put pictures on soon. We will be raising pasture raised chickens for income starting at that time but will be raising 150 at a time starting in February 2017. We will raise seven batches of 150. We will take the summer off because it is too hot for them and the grass is too dry. We attended a workshop sponsored by APPPA which is a pastured poultry association. We were in information overload when we finished and we were surprised our chickens were even alive considering the things we have done wrong. But we are excited to take on this new venture. We will also increase our egg layer flock to be able to sell eggs. 
We have a garden that has only been two 4 x 40 raised beds. It was a very productive garden and we learned so much that we will change for next year. We are expanding our garden to be 12 rows that will be 3 feet by 60 feet plus a hoop house of 20 foot x 40 foot. We grow everything without GMO and without pesticides or non-organic fertilizers. We look forward to this endeavor. We met great people who will help us out with their knowledge and experience. 

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