FULL Homestead TOUR (and Something We Rarely Talk About) | VLOG | Roots and RefugeJun 06, 2021
hi everyone this is Jess hi Maya welcome back to the root farm and shelter we are doing a new kind of video today we have
talked about doing this actually i found some footage where we filmed a video like this years ago , I need to share that with all of you because if things were much different than I used to do this long before we had stuff we would walk around the farm and plan things and now those things are where we plant so now we have to walk and film our daily
vlogs we can show a lot in the garden and just a little bit of what we do on a daily basis but usually we don't take them all over our place and show them all at once one thing we love to do is just walk together checking what we have on our farm and also making plans for what we will do and we just want to start taking them on these regular
tours of the farm showing them what is going on providing ole updates and sharing some of what we're dreaming about for the future so let's get started let's get this started a particular video is going to be a lot like what we're planning on one thing I found really interesting about that old video was how many things we were planning to do that we actually changed plans like what I was hearing like our big dreams for that and a lot of those things came to pass and we ended up fulfilling them but a lot of them just completely changed plans there were factors that happened that we couldn't have foreseen now that we are big I really like to dream big and I think part of being able to do that is giving yourself permission to drop things when they don't work out yes when it changes or when your partner changes is the current project in progress sorry I ripped out and buried all the lines of water to the garden.
This line will extend to the pigs. So what does that mean for me? I have to drag 500 feet of hose around the farm now and Jessica doesn't have to drag it from anywhere. that we watered the ducks that morning all the way to the garden to much of the garden this is a big dream come true to have water security for the farm it is profitable and it is amazing obviously this is the well house it is not finished but it is pretty close this is where the pump is the tank will go now when we bought our house it was vandalized and the well had been completely dismantled we have a deep well that is dug but it had no pump or fittings anything like that so we are actually in water from the city and our house is on city water and up to this point we have been watering our farm in our yard with city water so this is a step in the direction of sustainability that we can now water a farm on our garden with the water from the well behind me is the original greenhouse and is obviously not in use at the moment, it is very hot here and therefore the greenhouses during this summer cannot be They can't do anything with them as far as growing because it's too hot so we use it during the summer months it's hay storage so it's backed up w With square bales of hay right now let's go next door and see the alpacas .
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Hey ladies, mm-hmm, you've got kisses, yeah, say, hi girls, sweet girl. up here in this house that is going to change soon we are still working on a few things to move the boys to their permanent location and since they are in the backyard we have the girls here so they don't share a fence. because they basically said if they share a fence the boys won't cross it and do what they have to do yeah and already Bill literally stands on the fence and looks at the girls all the time every day so I got them here, they are doing well, the alpacas property is as amazing as i expected.
We have made seven girls, six of which are breathable and we are still figuring out exactly when we are going to start breeding. go shopping there's a local farm pack he actually took jessica there because it's o One of the first farms he drove by and googly eyed is a battle herd and it's in Vilonia, it's in town closest to us. In fact, we stopped by there the other day. Let's stop and introduce ourselves and try to get
something. information and building a relationship with people who have similar animals yeah it's really a little difficult because of the size of ours because I mean I saw about twelve ten to twelve
fullwe feel it's really valuable to build relationships with people who have experience doing what you're trying to do in your area because you can learn a lot online, but regional differences can make a big difference in what's normal with them, it's been about two weeks since they've been home and I don't know, so excited to have our package it's that right beak sweet girl pretty girl look at those big eyes this is so sweet Here we are standing in front of our quail cage.
This is a temporary solution. I actually like that the folding pockets were here like we only came here to take care of these guys, but the reason you never saw them in the
vlogis that we just didn't. I won't be spending a lot of time in there, but right now they're in this cage, we just have a window set up at the top so they can basically get out of the rain and there's a ledge up here that blocks about half of the cage. so we actually have 16 quail so we started with quail obviously we had a lot more than this we got our eggs from alchemist farms and i think you can see them on instagram we ended up with a ton of quail we gave away a bunch and we have settled on sixteen we have fourteen hands two of the roosters or males whatever you call them and I'm actually not um percent sure on that and one of the reasons this quail can reproduce them pretty quickly we are getting close to this many eggs sometimes more in a day we still have we have an incubator, so if we really wanted to grow our population, it wouldn't be that hard.
Part of the reason we've scaled down and stay that way is because of the temporary setup once I have more permanent coil cages you know I could expand because it will be more efficient at this point as I'm still using chick feeders and I'm wasting a lot of food.
somethingthat keeps food in and an easy watering system and then we could increase and build a bigger population our eggs are really nice and we get so many every day and up to this point i've just been using these like i would the ones chicken eggs but I'd really like to start pickling them that's something I've been
talking about for the past week and as soon as I have a cooking day I'll probably do some pickled quail eggs this is my favorite here and she bonita White-breasted quail are one of those things that we were given the opportunity to get into.
I was able to trade for some hatching eggs from a friend of mine online and she's really great like breeding programs for egg color and that's how we ended up. with like these very pretty, colorful egg-laying quails, but we got in really deep, really big, and realized we really didn't want to have a massive quail operation, so like Jeremiah said, we narrowed it down to a comfortable amount and enjoy the quails much more now that we keep small numbers they are fun birds but they are not sweet as in my experience like they are really flyers they are really wild and keeping them is basically like a food production thing like I don't enjoy them much that is all because of the property next door, so we're going to go back here to our house and right here through the gate is the goat pen.
Hey ladies, here's Gabe, we've evened out our herd of goats. down and we currently have 12 females two of those are claimed and are being sold only people have been able to come looking for them but now there was some speculation when we were talking about our new animals alpacas before announcing what they were people thought that we were cutting our goat. reduce the herd because we were going to cheat a dairy cow, however the reason we reduced our dairy herd in our dairy goat herd to ten is because honestly I eat four or five masses and the milk is enough for what we need in our house we cut them out too because we decided to go in a different direction now that we had
fullnubians before we got a couple lamont chests and we really love their milk they are the weird looking airless goats and we actually decided we are going to keep our favorite nubians and our best producing nubians, however we got rid of all the others we weren't attached to and are heading in the direction of La Mancha so probably increasing our herd.
Kinda, we're not going to let it get huge, but I'd like to get maybe like three or four really good shades of Lamont over the course of the next two years, there's no rush on that, so you can see here's a trench and this it's where the water lines are coming back to the back you can see there so everything will be closed off the grass is starting to come back here every day the girls come out in this yard and graze. that patio down and once the boys are the boys, the alpacas are out of here back, the girls will have access to that patio again and we're actually going to try to run our goats with the alpacas, we'll see how it goes make. together I've read some conflicting things about whether they can be on the grass together just based on whether they'll get along but right now we have them on either side of this fence getting used to each other and we're just going to see if that's it something that's an option so there's what c the whole human yard which is basically where our dogs are pawns and bear hustlers he went to the vet last week because he had an allergic reaction to something and he got covered in hives that was funny , yes, hell, it looked horrible, but now it's better.
He has a couple of bald spots and is recovering with some medication. I mean Jessica. I have also never had a Great Dane before. we were both a little worried that he wasn't gaining weight, we were like man, maybe he has some kind of worm or something, I took his butt to the vet, he's a hundred and two pounds and they say, oh no, he looked great, he's perfect. I'm like, so this is normal. They said yes, as if his birthday was tomorrow. He is one year old. learn what is normal for a Great Dane you know Hips showing and ribcage showing a bit.
I guess it's just part of it. Yeah, it scares me a little. He is a good dog. He's definitely a giant pup. I think he's actually getting less stupid. plus we should add its amazing enough to take home depot or prado we are in a rush well yeah cuz they pull it over so literally im in aisle 10 oh what a great guy you are thats a 15 -minute conversation next hallway oh what a great guy you are so if you're in a hurry and you like it I'm Jessica she's a navigator shopper I'm coming in out some kind of shopper take it you might as well count on our trip to home depot cause they'll all stop you when that dog that size goes in but he does it in amazing places he's great in the leaves his strongest point of obedience training was minimal training yeah i literally didn't have to teach him anything he doesn't pull. you, which is amazing, like he doesn't drag you, he stays by your side. ip I mean he's actually easy to get along with, it's just that it's all people who want to stop and talk to him, even though he's not a farm dog and we knew when we got him he was going to require a bit of diligence on our part. and of course we keep him out of any yard where he could hurt something because he wouldn't do it on purpose, but he definitely could do it accidentally trying to play with something.
He has killed several chickens in his life because they enter the yard. with him and it's a jump and they're gone and he doesn't understand why they don't run off and dress him up anymore, so when we call him up when we talk about the dumb things he's done, it's usually things like that until now. Like obedience just being a good pet he's a good dog yeah I don't know it was a reckless grieving decision I only regret it sometimes he's been with us longer than rip he's still young and can go everywhere. the farm can be with any of the animals and he doesn't have any problems but then again he has Shepherd on him and so it's more in his blood to do charity work here and Margo or the two that are selling so that the rest of the goats here stay with us these are the ones that we have the most emotional attachment to that we have had the longest or are really good goats actually right now it is mostly emotional attachment.
This is Bill, he's standing on the fence and looking at the ladies all day every day there's the duck house their eggs there we have some eggs we actually talked about getting rid of our ducks we were trying to decide if we wanted to keep them we have six five females and one male but I decided I wanted to keep them I think the thing was especially when we had a conversationabout the animals, the quail, the duck, and what we decided was to really not have as many and so on. It's not like it's not a huge stress, but I want to start making better use of what they're giving us, that makes sense. updates on what we keep because it was originally a chicken coop.
I saw someone tagged us in a friend's recent post about the shelter and I saw something that someone had built for their ducks and basically I'm going to redevelop a new swimming area obviously it's not going to be like a pond because there isn't space but I'll do a video on those couple of things for sure I'm going to change when we first built this we were much more restricted with materials it didn't have as much tin normally you would want to make your roof run the opposite direction with your ridges following your slope so the water runs off but this was easier to cover so much space without having to cut a bunch of 10 and then we wouldn't have had enough so this is just what we did at the time.
I'm going to take all this is off yeah I'm going to run ten the right way float the right way and actually I'm going to put a gutter along the back and feed it where they're swimming like that when it rains , it will circulate in fresh water that we do not have to pay for a pump ourselves, it is easier for us to take care of them. The chicken coop itself is great. He has a very thick bed of straw. It is good for them to be able to make their nests. the reason we have our six ducks contained in this pen and we haven't let them go free we used to let them go free was because of our dog so now we have them contained we are actually planning on running a power line around the fence the yard type with the dogs is to keep the dogs in and then patch it up to keep anything else out and at that point we could start allowing the ducks access to this backyard further back this is what we call our junkyard which is just the random piles of materials you see im a junkie extraordinaire right now but im going to be rearranging that soon thats on our to do list of course the alpacas are back here and they have their little shelter here but this is temporary too they will be there soon a barn that is currently being worked on here we have our Ma as well ngalitsa back in this little corner right now the girls are with the boy Ming Gerard and Fanny and Clementine we are currently using this power grid to keep them here last What we have to do is run a length of fence from the corner of that fence to the other side so they have this big area back here and then we'll use that power grid to keep Gerard away from the females. when they start at zero it's kind of crazy because right now everything is pretty much where it's going to be like we're using pretty much every property we have but just in a matter of probably next month I would say at best everything is going g to be where it's going to be and we'll use all of the seven and a half acres we have access to plus the ninety egg drop where our horses are hey Manny little stinkin no no stevo's for me he Zoomer hi sweet boy, look under what that chamber is it's kind of weird no I had had plans here to turn this area into a garden and we ran the pigs here to prepare it obviously it's grown now what it came down to is not being able to do that and getting ready for the alpacas, when they gave me a choice between more space in the garden and alpacas, I chose alpacas because it was a great opportunity to get them.
I figured we can do the garden later, so basically what we're talking about doing is getting some wood chips that we think we've found at a source for a lot of wood chips, at which point we can prepare this space as a garden. back to Eden that we had originally wanted to do and this is where we would do as a guard of three sisters n Besides growing corn and melons and maybe some dried beans just the things that take up a little more space we are now standing in front of our chicken coop but we have very few chickens at the moment you would think leases are my thought process if you take out the woods and don't give them cover to sneak up on the chicken coop i thought ok that won't reduce the predator i think it will in the long run at first , although it was not the case, our predator activity has been up a lot I think it has been less the last week, but just like the first two s Weeks after clearing the woods, the predators didn't retreat to the thousand acres of woods behind our house, but preyed on our chicken coop if our chickens had come up. at night the way they should have lived we'd go out and lock up the lindo before dark every night but we'd find ourselves in the morning where the chickens had roosted in the woods or went to the garden and tried to roost and those chickens they would be full ki so we only have a handful of chickens and we're getting more so we're actually going to buy some chickens from the W family farms that's actually kind of cool just sharing a little bit about Emily on Lane C 4h well Lane and Emily run all that business it's like they're right they buy the feed they sell the eggs they sell the chickens they raise them they make everything and they keep all the profits and that's how Lane gets save.
For a car it's kind of cool and honestly it's kid motivated my Jackson asked him wait they're doing whatever it takes to get what anyway I'm buying some from Lane at VW family farms. I think we're going to get 15 help both sir list a few but I'd like to get a few more maybe a few different types of cake or something because what we get from them our production layers don't weigh very consistently. Nice brown eggs. Jessica really likes beautiful hands with hats and feathers and beards and colors and wonderful eggs, so I'm going to try and find some chickens with those attributes that we can add to the flock.
We are also planning to expand our coop so they have a little more room to roam free, basically what's it called. the field lines for a septic tank run through here and during certain times the ground gets a little soft and we don't want any ruminants to graze in that area I don't know if it would be a problem but I can kind of see that as something which wouldn't be great, so what we're going to do is fence off that area so the chickens can roam freely, but the goats and alpacas won't be in it. to expand our chicken coop we have this space and our chicken coop and with the fence to handle about 40 chickens comfortably, however we probably won't get that money.
I would be comfortable with 25 or 30 max. 30 you're really the one that's like going extra well putting so much work into a coop that c and it holds up well so you can you could just make a lot of chicken but I mean I also like being able to give away eggs and stuff right now when I had to Jess was looking for our own age I bought eggs at the store so I'd rather make sure we're safe in that sense ok so there's the children's garden on the side of the house and here of course is my garden, of course, we will not go through the whole garden at this time. there's a mockingbird's nest in this tree right here, so she's a little worried at the moment, but you see the garden and a lot of logs and walks through the garden and stuff if you don't know that this space in the garden has a fence 10,000 square feet this year we didn't plant anything in the ground around the greenhouse last year we did and this fall I'll be setting that area up as a cottage garden with perennials and medicinal herbs and really a beautiful space. i have 2,200 square feet of transyl space in my garden beds several containers and we can grow a lot of our food in this space again.
I would like to expand in the back making a bigger area to grow things that require more space so next year we can grow a lot more of our food that bird is so loud and all the stress better this is her heart she is just worried Gary and I were going to watch it this morning she was attacking him yes he is bombing everything here in the corner of the garden it's our hives we now have three of this one this one is just getting established we'll be adding a new box to that soon the reason why we add depths so we have the funds and then we add a deep box in the great thing is we're actually focusing more this year on increasing the population of our bees and we're going to split up all these hives next year and increase to to have six hives that is how many we would like to have we would like to have no more than ten, but we would like to get to six next year and then we will start to conce Enter into the production of honey.
We'll still have some honey. Harvest. We are simply not focusing well. It will still be honey. i'm knowledgeable but i just know yeah we're learning we're learning we're really great mentors yeah as you can see jeff right there our kids are in this wooded area right now just eating on it and staying out there The pakka will be there soon once they are born The children have a small shelter that works for them but not big enough for Thal Pakka The greenhouse at the window is not being used for anything at the moment. that just some basic storage, it's 9am right now, almost 100 degrees in there, so we need to talk about the pig ride, right?
You may have noticed at this point that she is absent because you went to her last night. new home that has been transformed of course he wants to learn a little bit about the occupation and he wanted to go ahead and take it with him it's his first animal it really is his first animal what to be a good first animal for him the travel the pig was breaking through our fences, it can be contained in pig panels, that's the only thing it can do. be restrained and we never trained her to use the hot wire so the first time we tried it she got over it and freaked out and was not happy about it and didn't want her to get hurt on the hot wire because she didn't.
I understand how it worked well and our main concern was keeping her away from Gerard because he is a full size Pig and the other problem we had is we would put her in the backyard and she would break through the fence our dogs had. she got out once and ran away because Journey Pig broke the fence and they got them to escape because of that, so we actually reckon Ben turned a bunch of panels of pigs that should be able to set a pin for her and decided he wanted to take her. it was sad to say goodbye to her who she's been with for about four years and it was nice her hair was fine until Gerard was on our property and we definitely want to be able to breed Mangalitsa so that's something that's been on our list but try of keeping those two apart turned out to be incredibly cult and there just wasn't a space that we could really designate to make Journey one big permanent pen just to keep her contained so I think she'll be good in a place where there's not a lot of boredom . the property you want to get to now the last thing we have in our house is we have three horses our horses our rescue horses we actually work with a rescue in louisiana and we rescue them from kill pens where you buy horses really cheap in auctions or if there is a local family that is struggling to feed their horse or keep it they put it on craigslist these slaughter people will go and buy them very cheap and then ship them to Mexico for meat and s o We work with the rescue , all of our horses came out of a slaughter situation where they would have been sent for meat and since then we have rehabbed them here, we used to work with them more and ride them more but there was kind of a situation. we had a leased area we had to move them to a smaller pasture and then we moved them we got this lease right off of s 90 acres fantastic opportunity just a few months ago we just set up a round pin to start working with them again i didn't wear the right shoes for this oh this is where i'm up to no good alright let's go find these guys come on i know it's not the time to fade so they're being lazy coming over there like what you want?
I know it's not to feed me. Also the farrier came yesterday and they're probably a bit like hmm. I don't know if I want what you're offering. Hey, let's be nice. and there in the back is Syrus. He brought you some food. Syrus feeds here. because he's at the bottom of the pecking order with a three, so we feed him straight. I can't steal a speed at this exact point of horse ownership. these horses because they haven't been in the round pen in a year right at this point we have basically had them and kept them healthy and fed but we are starting to ramp up when do you think you will? he ofnew yesterday he hangs around the pins for a bit he basically pointed at syrus because he didn't want me to put the halter on so he was like running ok i just walked him in a circle if nothing normally we would need to carry a whip and he hit the ground.
I just pointed it out and didn't remember. I say it. He turned inside. He looked at me. That's good for them to remember that they just need a reminder. We just need to freshen up and work with them. really on our list of things that are important to us is to start riding our horses again and honestly I can't think of a date I'd rather have, I mean if when we can go somewhere I'd rather come here and ride instead to go see a movie. or go to some restaurant in town any food jockey like this is our luxury item I guess you could say first luxury our first lecture you don't say anything about our Jeremiah loves horses honestly the horses were Jeremiah's how pakka is fat is what it's been out here eating all this grass you just king henry healthy you look good so just one day in him for a few minutes in the round pen and he's a lot less skittish it's muscle memory for them not big boy you You look thick, the brown spots, yes, I like that they block, let's say, dad, boilers.
Oh, Luke is so mad that he can't steal Cyrus's food right now. to hear your feedback on how often you'd like to see these updates where we go around and just check everything tell you what the status of those things is what the future plans are I don't think oh I guess we should talk about the fact that we don't we see this as our property forever. we never talk about it no we don't so you guys see us as working hard on this property and even now we make long term plans but that's a reflection that's ok i mean honestly our beliefs more than a reflection of what we feel like we're investing in ourselves and a lot of times people say, oh, you know, you're going to have this job, it's going to produce something that you can have for the next 20, 30 years that you're cute you'll pass it on to your kids , but it's not really we don't see this as our property forever that's true we're in and that might be a little crazy for some people to hear that we don't I don't talk about it much but we really are big believers that everything what we do is a legacy so i If I plant a perennial garden and it's not for me and my kids someone's kids will enjoy it and if I plant a tree I either know I'll be the person to harvest it or if I someone else will, it's still a tree bol that is going to bear fruit one day and therefore for us we believe that if you manage the small well then the bed is entrusted to you and we have big dreams.
I mean, we'd love to have cattle one day. We would love to rehabilitate. horses on a much larger scale, like being able to have stables when we can rescue more horses and see them rehabilitated and placed in homes with people who are looking for a great horse and don't care if it comes from a rescue situation. I would love to have a home dairy on a larger scale big and I would love to have even more space for gardening so we are making the most of where we are so we have big plans we have things we think oh we want to do this but I don't know if we will have more animals than we have here Aside from of course raising our pigs, raising a few more of those, possibly getting more goats, I know for a fact that we're going to do some meat birds, yes, like meat birds, especially with the field next door and this property the way we're finishing up the tractors with the alpacas or something, so we're working on it here very soon, but we've talked about doing it for a long time.
It's time now and we're just not getting to a place where we can actually do it. well i'm not saying we'll never get like a mini jersey with the field we have now available to us what do you think of the mini jersey maybe except the mini jerseys and a donkey donkey yeah i don't know felt like getting a donkey te you're falling head over heels in love with you so I don't know I guess we don't really talk about it much about the idea that we're going to sell this place yeah we're actually going to sell this place I don't know what that looks like we don't have, we don't have a definite plan for what that looks like, but I don't know, I mean, we always joke that someone might make us an offer that we can turn down, you know, I don't think that's what's going to happen, I don't think I'll get there. to that but we're not like when we make plans for this place we make plans because we have a legacy mentality and we like to look at everything generationally but we don't feel like this is where we're going to always be pretty sure this isn't where we're going to stay ar permanently oh yeah very sure about that and honestly that's why we've had a lot of conversations being like gobble up why do you want us to build a window greenhouse here and why? he wants to do this and honestly us and the legacy could say just because that movie didn't get made it's not just our legacy maybe this place is getting ready for someone because of his legacy and we're just gods using us to make the job. the legwork to get it ready and we've learned a lot from this place like I'm saying I'm glad when we started here because if we had the resources to cover a hundred acres how much more trouble would there be in the government?
This has been this, it's crazy because I tell them all the time when they're in your apartment and you're in your suburban city turn your waiting room into your classroom this has been our classroom in such a tremendous way and like I said like we're like we don't like we don't have any definite plans right now or I know what we're doing but we were talking about it the other day and we get comments all the time about people saying yeah well your kids will enjoy sharing that with their kids and that's not really our plan so my kids my kids will enjoy sharing this with their kids and we believe that we believe that what we're doing is for generations even if it's not the generations of our family tree we're actually believing for more than this how we would actually love seems crazy though my god took what we thought was our dream come true and turned it into a classroom waiting room , i know he will, what you feel is now the dream come true, we can get to, say, a hundred acre property and be like we finally made our dream come true and then he makes me and then maybe guys like actually i'd be on a thousand acre property you know here i thought it wears me out like ah wears you out i built all this step i have to build it again.
I had to think that way every time we started talking about you. You know? I think you know if we want to expand. We want to do more than this in the future. like we're going to have to start from scratch again we've learned so much it's exciting for me because I've learned so much like I love perfecting things yeah so it took us five years to get to what we're really focusing on finishing everything what's here well like it's all great like we said the word that we were really focusing on this year was ending and I know we've started a lot of other things but actually these other things were things that we had planned for this property so since we're ending right I don't see us starting anything else here but this may be one of those times where I take the clip from this video and put it in a future video where I'll show you something new but I won't I see starting something new here.
I see we wrap these things up well and then we'll see what the future holds so let us know if you surprise us to keep doing these farm
tourupdates yes it's normal for us but it feels a bit boring because we've done it so many Sometimes, yeah, it feels boring for us to show you that, to be completely honest, when I'm walking around with the camera, when is that a good thing? I'll be fine, thank you so much for hanging out with us today. ou tremendously and weibo see you next time
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