Name that Rabbit! :: third edition

Ready for our newest installment of “Name That Rabbit”? It’s our most popular game yet! Well, one of our only games. Um… our only game. But in any case, its fun and you folks get to name our newest keeper!

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Per my mother’s request, all the name choices for this rabbit are from popular (as she insists) 70’s T.V. detective shows. She wanted to name a whole litter, but I thought it would be wiser to have her give me a list and let you folks choose. Anything is better than letting my mother have free rein on rabbit naming here. Who knows what we would turn up with.

This is our newest buck! He is the most beautiful color orange with a white belly and grey-blue eyes making him a “Cream Fawn”. Cream Fawn is a diluted form of Orange Fawn which is what color Dandelion is. This little buck is a fine example of color and temperament.

Please choose your favorite name!
1. McGarrett
2. Rockford
3. Kojak
4. Mannix
5. Barnaby Jones

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In Ten Years

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Lately I have been thinking about what I want my family’s future to look like. I try not to get too far ahead of myself, especially with the current state of our nation and the world, but I also like to know that there is something good coming our way, right there on the horizon. Do you ever feel like that? Or need to? Our life is just fine now, but I want more. Luckily I have lived my whole life knowing that I can have what I want if I just work towards it… it hasn’t failed me yet!

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This has been an amazing two “farm” years so far and I am equally excited to think about what the next ten, or twenty, or forty years have in store for me. Here I am, on the light side of thirty, thinking about where I want myself and my family to be in ten years. I certainly am not afraid to work for it so I know anything is possible.

In ten years, I will….

* OWN land! Plain and simple. I don’t hate where I am, but I do hate the many restrictions of not only living on a small residential lot, but also the restrictions of living in a homeowners association (aka: livestock haters) and having to ask permission from the landlord to do things (yes, we rent). Ideally, I would flourish on anywhere from 2-20 acres.

* Be raising a pair of pygmy dairy goats. Just enough for our own consumption of milk and cheese. Lots of goats would be fun, but I’m not sure I can handle keeping more than two contained within a fence.

* Be living in or building a cob cottage. Having worked with clay my whole life, I think I could really appreciate living in a house with a real earthy feel where every wall was molded by family and friends. Although, I’m not so sure that any of MY family would participate in building a cob house. Like I said, I’m a black sheep of a black sheep family. Trevor really loves yurts (Blue Yurt Farm envy) so that is always a possibility.

* Find a way to live off of the land to the extent that our family will need very little outside income. Whether this will include Trevor still working a day-job, bartering for what we need with what we have, leading workshops, or selling things we produce for income… I don’t know, but I’m sure it will all fall into place eventually.

In ten years I would love to wake up in my cob cottage, go out to feed the animals and spend the rest of the day with my family in the garden. That is pretty much all I want for. Greedy? Perhaps, but since starting Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm I have learned how much joy can come from honest work. We have done so much and learned so much in these last two years that now I just can’t imagine going back. It by no means will be a “simple life” and that is okay with me.

Nominate Us?

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Would it be petty to ask you to nominate us for Mother Earth News’ “Homesteaders of the Year”? We would be eternally grateful if you took the time to write up a nomination for us and sent it in within the next two weeks. I know it’s a lot to ask to write 500-words, but how cool would that be to be featured in the magazine for all the work we have done here in the last two years? It would be incredible! Incredible!

So if you are feeling gabby this week, consider writing up some Frühlingskabine love and send it in for us. Feel free to use any pictures on this website in your nomination… All the information you need is below. We love you! (Too soon for those three magic words?)

“We plan to choose several outstanding folks to honor as Homesteaders of the Year in a 2013 feature story in MOTHER EARTH NEWS! To nominate your family, a neighbor, someone else you know or even yourself, send us a 500-word summary of the homesteader’s activities with at least three photos.
Applications are due by March 15, 2013 — so don’t delay!”

Send emails with the subject line “Homesteader of the Year Nominee” to Letters@MotherEarthNews.com.

Send letters to: Homesteader of the Year Nominee; MOTHER EARTH NEWS; 1503 SW 42nd St.; Topeka, KS 66609.

New in the Etsy Shop!

How can I live with dozens of bunnies and not take dozens of pictures of them?!
I can’t.

If you have never been to our online Etsy shop “Little Farm Shop“, then please take a look-see. We put all of our best photos and handmade items in our shop and every penny goes to support our animals, garden, and little life here at Frühlingskabine Micro-Farm. You don’t need to feel inclined to purchase anything, but maybe spread the word to anyone interested. We would greatly appreciate it!

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GRIT Magazine Giveaway Winners Are…

Oh, please watch the video to find out… It’s fun. And only 30 seconds long. Cami practiced her presentation after all. I will email the winners as well so keep a look out so I can get these sent off.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered! Thank you for the well wishes and congratulations; they were very appreciated. I wish I had a copy for everyone!