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TheArtBarn at Morning Glory Farm - where good things grow
will be open on Saturday April 7th
for visiting with barnyard buddies,
crusin the farm on our hayride pulled by Matilda our 1957 Ford Tractor and
making some great art - we will be painting pigs, roosters, bunnies and more.
So hop on over between 10 & 1:00 for Farm-tastic morning.
we have a small number of rsvps
- so we are just flinging open the gates - and telling friends to get on over here with or with a rsvp
COST: $10 per person
(10/adult + 10/child. no charge for babies in strollers who are just along for the ride!)
pack a picnic lunch, your CAMERA & do print the directions from the web
some GPS will drop you off around the corner.
ps: we still have just a little room for the Sheep Shearing & Family Farm Day Sunday April 15th
Wow -- never a dull moment here on the farm that is for sure. Spring is busting out all over - the pasture is green green green and filled with lucky four leaf clovers. The fruit trees made beautiful flowers and I found figs starting on our fig trees.
I just finished making a list of workshops to get on the list for the next 2 months -- take a look at them under the daily tab and let me know if you are interested in getting a group together for any of them... They are perfect for a parent and child to work on together or as a Ladies Night Out.
pictures photos great shots -- am trying to figure out what to put up tonight. This past weekend we attended a wedding in the Seaside/Destin area - it was gorgeous. I even got in a quick tour of the Charter School at Seasides way cool community garden -- will most certainly put some of those great ideas to work at the farm.
If you are headed down that way be sure to check out Red Bay Grocery for some awesome BBQ and the yummiest home made toasted coconut I cream I have ever eaten. The shelves are loaded with home style goodies -- the place was picture perfect -- thanks ya'll -- and oh I forgot to mention the peanut brittle - worth every calorie.
FISHIN did you say fishin.... we went out with Captain Larry -- his boat was named Dead Fish -- ok I guess that is funny if you are a fisherman -- but any way Captain Larry was amazing - we weren't fishin... we were CATCHIN! Every cast brought in a fish -- loads of them went back because they were not in season or were too small -- they were beautiful and I had a blast.
Which reminds me... anybody up for a fish printing workshop -- let me know!
eeek it is midnight 58 and I've got to be up bright and early to wake up the roosters - off to bed. Hope you enjoyed ramble and the photos. More tomorrow.
hawgsnkisses - farmer sue
Just a couple of quick notes from me - your friend Farmer Sue
• Thank YOU to all our friends who came to The Chattahoochee Nature Center
- we had over 1000 visitors. WOW
• Wednesday March 28 we have room for a few more friends in our morning activity 10-12:30 ($10 per person) you'll meet all the animals, hop a hayride, make some great art, see the BABY CHICKS & DUCKLINGS and have time for a picnic -- so pack a picnic & don't forget your camera! no rsvp needed
• The SHEEP SHEARING is finally set for SUNDAY APRIL 15 from 10-2, this is a RSVP ONLY DATE. Tickets to this special event are $12.50
• CAMP CAMP CAMP: We still have a few places in our CITY CAMP and lots of spaces in FARM CAMP
Ok - Rumor is Farmer Sue has gone totally CRAZY.
and it is probably true! I will be posting the details of my craziest idea every... The PULL-It Palace. I just purchased a tiny travel trailer that was falling apart. Painted Santa Fe blue or turquoise. See Sketch above. A couple of my tiny friends have helped me round up all the chickens who have decided to demolish the new landscaping up front...(note to all feathery friends: this was not a good idea)
I have been working non stop since Thursday on this crazy thing. Got it painted and a large percentage of myself... note oil based paint is hard to remove from lots of things... like my face! I have spent the last 2 days building a mobile 10'x20' foot run that will give my feathery friends 200 square feet of square dancing room. It is very very cool. The trailer will be used for sleeping and egg laying... They all went in last night and just this morning the hens laid 5 beautiful eggs in the cupboards! EGG citing to say the least -- I did a little happy dance.
Just a little more work on the runs to make sure they are safe and secure and then they are done. The trailer will get big white daisies painted on it with black chickens -- and then finally all new interior decorating. Cute colors on perches and wall - great art & new curtains. These girls will travel in style.
I can't wait to share it with you. I will post some Pull-it Palace Progress report photos in just a bit.
The name makes me laugh -- A pullet is a young hen who has just entered the egg laying age -- so i thought since you have to pull the trailer with the truck or tractor and it is going to be sassy cute it was perfect.
It will say Pull-It Palace on the outside with a cute hen wearing a tiara!
hawgsnkisses from farmer sue.
ps: garden update - asparagus already popping up. arugula is growing like crazy. strawberries are looking good. sad news Honey Bees swarmed and took off - we will get a new bunch next month -- loads and loads of honey to process for spring fling - yummy. Just planted potatoes, carrots are next along with radishes & more.
Ok here's the deal - as I've mentioned before I have this amazing friend - Pattie Baker --- yes she does bake really good bread but what she is really really really good at is -- GROWING - she grows and grows and grows - in her yard, in community gardens, in school gardens, she sees potential everywhere -- check out her website www.FoodShedPlanet.com -- she inspires me every week to try one more new thing. thanks pattie!
Pattie says NOW IS THE TIME TO PLANT POTATOES -- so I did. I followed her very easy tutorial -- you will find it 1/2 way down the page -- you'll get quick instructions on how to start your organic sweet potatoes & other potatoes. I could not help myself... I had to glam mine up a bit with a sprig or two of flowers. I will be looking forward to all kind of delicious sweet potatoe recipes.
AND...Yep you did do this back in kindergarten -- place sweet potatoes in water, use toothpicks on any too narrow to sit in mouth of jar. keep in a sunny place. change water frequently. wait for sprouts. break off leafy sections and plant in your garden in a month or so once soil warms up.
Tomorrow I will prep the red potatoes following Pattie's direction: yummy
FROM PATTIE'S BLOG: Next, potatoes. Here in Atlanta, it's time to plant them now, no matter what else you're being told. If you wait too much longer, our spring gets too hot too soon for them. Click here to view the 4-minute tutorial about planting potatoes I taped for you on what I do.
and hey check out a copy of Pattie's book -
FOOD FOR MY DAUGHTERS
-- there is a link at the bottom of her blog -- great read.
CAN DO farmer sue
Thursday February 23rd - sunny - warm - happy day with friends from near and far.
Today was on of those day that just make you smile. Great weather & great friends. We had first timers and old timers - and when I say old timers I don't mean agewise I mean friends who had been here years ago - moved away - and have now returned home from cool places like - yeehaw Colorado - they smiled at all the new updates and smiled to see animal friends they remembered from before - we had summer campers pop in so they could introduce their younger siblings to the farm - we had friends from just around the corner to friends from the opposite end of the state. Once you've been here YOU ARE FARM FAMILY. We loved having everyone here.
Olivia the pig said she very very much enjoyed sampling the left over lunches and CAKE - yummy.
I wanted to share with you a very sweet picture some of my new friends brought just for me --- I love it.
PS your baah-utiful plant will go in the terrarium this weekend.
hawgsnkisses to all my new friends and all my old friends YOU are what make the day special.
TITLE: FROM FRIEND TO FRIEND AND FARM TO FARM
Wednesday - sunshine - green grass - roosters crowing - & technological expansion!
Today... I just typed an entire rambling essay about my friend and inspiration PATTIE BAKER. I went to check that I have her links listed correctly and managed to blow the whole thing away. Today has been a day of technological expansion for me...(challenges would be a very polite way to say it) and yes, finally I did do some techno stuff right. -- but oh.....I still need to get that turkey video into the blog!
So rather than re-ramble I will simple say... This is a writer... This is a person you should check out. Pattie has pointed me in so many helpful directions -- I found her in a crazy crazy way... check out Kudzu and you too might find a great friend!
I was reading an interesting kudzu homeowners 52 week check list, which was coordinated by Pattie, when I came across a crazy marketing tip at the bottom -- It made me smile so I sent the writer a quick note of thanks -- I certainly did not expect any answer -- and viola with in a few hours there was a note back -- turns out this snappy clever writer chick lives right here in Atlanta... Dunwoody to be egg-zact!
She is amazing and luckily for me she has become a wonderful friend and mentor in some very green areas.
Each night that fresh arugula from the garden appears on my plate I toast her -- it was Pattie who said to me -- STOP PLANNING THIS GARDEN AND GET IT PLANTED -- she is just that kinda chick -- a GREEN QUEEN -- make it happen kind of person who brings out the best in everybody.
One of the things I love about her is the book she just finished writing FOOD FOR MY DAUGHTERS -- this is a must read -- I am reading it slowly not because I am a slow reader - but because I don't want it to end - I want to go month by month with her on her journey -- it is a year and 10 years all rolled in to one read.
Please Please check out her site - I alwasy look forward to my Sunday Morning Post.
and hey -- read the part on starting your POTATOES RIGHT NOW -- I'm headed out to pick up my organic potatoes and get them ready for planting -- there is even a video to show you how - your kids will love doing this with you. --
hawgsnkisses ... i gotta get growin so i can keep up with pattie baker
xxo farmer sue
here are the links to pattie's great reads -- you are gonna love it!
Learning as I grow,
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As a professional writer (specializing in all aspects of sustainability), I write editorial and business materials that make a positive difference in our world. As a volunteer urban farmer, I grow food, community and knowledge for those in need. And now, as a Change Agent with Better World Books, I create easy, free opportunities for people nationwide to support global literacy programs, local non-profits, and the environment. See my LinkedIn profile here.
Ok - I'm trying to figure out how to insert the cool video of Thomas Gobbling his Presidential Salute!
what a wonderful day - sun shine and beautiful weather! lots and lots of friends enjoying the day.
it made our day - lots of hugs & lots of love -- sharing the farm with each and every one of YOU.
hawgsnkisses from farmer sue & the ArtBarn Crew!
I love teaching & sharing art - it makes my heart happy. Many of you know about my ArtBarn Afterschool gigs - where a different animal goes to school to make new friends and model for the class. I also have the privilege of teaching 2 kindergarten art classes at an amazing private school on Fridays. These guys knock out some awesome art as they learn about famous artist and explore some crazy cool techniques.
I would like to share with you some super simple steps for a project I think is a KEEPER for sure.
Inspired by Jim Dine's Heart Series. I have loved his work since college. I was lucky enough to have an autographed poster from one of his shows... that was until my studio rabbit ate it...Only you farmer sue!
Ok - here goes.
if your kids are having trouble drawing big big hearts - go ahead and cut some out of paper for them to use as templates -- they still come out crazy cool. You can do this with crayons, marker or paints if you are brave!
1. trace or draw a BIG HEART on your page -- this project is best on BIG PAPER! we used 12x18
2. go crazy with color. my kids went crazy when I told them SCRIBBLING was allowed.
3. go back with a black crayon and outline the heart and add some extra scribbles here and there
4. add your artist signature - done!
PLEASE GO GOOGLE: jim dine hearts and you will find yourself smiling.
FARM FRESH CREME BRUELE - Super simple & egg-ceptionally yummy
Ok this is one dessert I love - I like to order it for a treat if we are out somewhere special. The problem is... NOW I KNOW HOW EASY IT IS TO MAKE! Give it a try - there are lots of variations. The recipe below comes out very sweet. My first batch was for New Years Eve & my 2nd for Valentines Day. (I love sweet but I cut down the sugar a bit and am thinking about using only 1/2 the called for amount in the next batch) Let me know what you think!
If you Google Creme Bruele you’ll find lots of recipes & videos. Here is the basic recipe I used:
4-6 farm fresh yolks. reserve whites for another dessert like meringues. add a pinch of salt,
1 teaspoon of vanilla and then wisk in 1/2 cup sugar. Gently wisk in 2 cups of heavy whipping cream. Pour into small oven proof dishes. Set little dishes in larger pan/dish & pour warm water into the large dish about 1/2 way up the sides of the tiny dishes. Carefully place into preheated oven (350o) and cook for 30-40 minutes till set. Let cool, then refrigerate. When ready to serve sprinkle tops with thin coat of sugar and place under broiler or use a torch til sugar melts and glazes over. -- my torch pix is not so good - will pop one up for you later -- they turned out great under the broiler the first time I did it. Remove quickly. Let cool just a bit then enjoy your farm fresh dessert. Add fresh berries if you have them... I like mine plain.
Note: My farm-tastic mom found creme bruele dishes for me at one of the linen/home goods store -- way cheaper than the fancy cooking stores. It even came with a torch.