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Seven days, and counting down…

Hello y’all. I know you’re reading this, every time we post a photo.We REALLY need your help on this Indegogo project. We have 7 days left and are at only 32% of total.

How much are we asking for in total? $4532 After fees, we will receive about 4100.

How much have we raised? $1450

What are we using it for? Professional plumbing – $800. Label design- $100. Photographs – $100. Jars and lids – $280. Ingredients $250. Hand sink, faucets, wash sink, faucets, faucets for 3-compartment sink – $400. Data logger – $100. Wire shelving – $150. Bulk storage rack – $150. Remaining building materials, 4 rolls of insulation, wall covering, floor covering, baseboard, an 8 ft protected pair of shop lights – $700. Remaining construction material for remodel of the chicken coop to become a milking parlor –

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Reflections on Competing Online for Grants

We’ve competed twice now, following the rules explicitly, only to be passed over for consideration.

In this post, I’m not pointing fingers, or laying blame on anyone, just laying out the facts as we see them.

In the first competition, the winners were young women (it was a women only contest), who are developing high tech companies. What we found curious was that none of these high tech businesses appeared to have any social networks, as determined by zero votes in the Social Media phase of the competition.

In the second, most recent competition, the Social Media phase counted for 25% of the criteria. The remaining criteria was based on your plan for using the money, how you determine success, etc. To me, if you got more votes than your competitors, your “social score” should be higher. I guess our other scores were much lower.

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And the Four Country Gals thought things would slow down after the market season…

Wrong!

We’ve been busier than bees foraging for pollen.

After the Farmer’s Market season, we moved into the next phase with our udderly incredibly addictive Cajeta. We have now received our official “Process Authority” letter. That means as long as we follow our formula precisely, including the process we use, we may, in fact use the traditional raw goat’s milk.

Getting that approval saves us thousands of dollars, and a lot of labor. That means the prices for our Cajeta will remain in the ballpark of our projections. It also means we can move forward with building our facility, and awaiting kidding season. We now have 7 girls who we believe are pregnant.

We lost our prized matriarch,  Posey, and that will be another blog post later.

100_7793Just this morning we were looking at the remaining kids and will probably send two more of them to the buck this winter.

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Things we know about our produce and meat…

Are you the least bit curious about where your food comes from? If you’re not, you should be. With all the rumors, misinformation, special interests, it’s very difficult to know exactly what is true, and how it affects you.

Here at DHA Family Farms, aka Four Country Gals, here’s what we know to be true. When you purchase produce from us, it is grown organically. We are Certified Organic, and that means we must track everything, be subject to audit, and testing of both our soil and our plants. We can tell you beyond a shadow of doubt exactly how our produce is raised, and why we believe it is healthy, succulent, safe to eat, and good for you.

Our lambs, goats and rabbits are all raised on our local farm, never leaving us to go “to the mountain”.  We feed 100% alfalfa (generally 2nd cutting),

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No resolutions, taking action on 2012 plans

Documenting the day… January 1, 2013.

We awoke to negative temps (around -10 or so). These temps are continuing since before Christmas, around zero or so at night and maybe slightly above freezing during the day. It’s not high  enough to melt the snow/ice off the new hoop houses, so all we’re doing outside is chores.

No need for resolutions this year. We have more planned to do than we have time.

Continuing projects from 2012…

Finish the two 52 x 20 double-skinned hoop houses. We got one skin on one house before the  second snow storm, but temperatures have been too low to thaw the drifts that built up against the south side, let alone thaw the frequent snow showers from the top and north side.

Install the pellet stove in the aquaponics greenhouse. I peeked at the fish this morning and they have ice forming on the top of their large container.

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Posted in Around the farm, Backyard Aquaponics, Cedar City Farmer's Market, Certified Organic Garden, Cows, Goats, High Tunnel, Sheep
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  • Goats helping photographer
    Hey, we'd love to help you take your pictures.
  • Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014
    Coco's little calf born July 30, 2014.
  • Cindy feeding Chaffhaye
  • working in the kitchen
    Bev recording milk weights, Shari stirring the Cajeta
  • The first two little doelings.
    The first two little doelings.
  • Mom with Thor
    Mom is cuddling our new buckling, Thor.
  • cargo trailer
    Our Farmer's Market cargo trailer.
  • Hand digging trench
    Shari pitches in and digs up broken water line.

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