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Welcome to my Sustainable addiction! I am a DIY addict, Wife, Mother and Grandmother.  I enjoy sharing my all natural recipes, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene items, gardening and all things sustainable including my farming.  
We are a family owned, woman run small farm located near the Edisto River in Dorchester County SC.
Our farming operation consists of poultry, quail, eggs, dairy and meat goats. You can buy from us with confidence as we hold a permit from SC to sell Poultry and are also licensed as a Wholesale Egg Distributor.
Through our farming practices we provide for our community a variety of Poultry breeds, Heavy dual purpose birds, exotic and ornamental chickens as well as Cortunix Quail that are heat tolerant for our hot SC Summers. 

Whether you are looking for Farm Fresh Eggs, Fertile eggs for hatching (Chicken and Quail), hatchlings, grown birds or Dairy and Meat Goats (seasonal births) we have a large selection of beautiful animals.  
We also have Dairy Goats and kids. Current 2017 births so far are 5 kids Nubian / Alpine Saneen cross and 2 Nubian / Toggenburg Cross.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pigs - Processed and in the freezer

Saturday we processed 2 Hogs that I raised since the Early Spring of 2017. What a blessing and a huge savings on meat. A conservative estimate of savings from raising them ourselves and then processesing them is $1,500.00 for the amount of meat that we harvested - that includes the money I spent on feed. Not a bad weekend at all! 

I am thankful for all of this good looking #bacon, I have curing with brown sugar, Maple flavoring and Salt.

The 4 qts. so far of pork stock that I was able to get done Saturday evening. 

Soup bones for future batches of stock, after smoking the meat. 

A freezer full of meat and plenty of fat back for seasoning, smoking, lard and soap making! 

I still need to process the sausage this week about 40# (I love sausage), but oh how good that will be 
I wish I had 2 more days off now to rest!

Friday, February 17, 2017

I found a really good article quite awhile ago and thought that I would share it with you. The article was written focusing on what they found to be 10 breeds of chickens that lay very well. There is also some helpful tips at the end of the article, but the one thing that made me feel good about my flock was that they outperformed the averages reported. Of the breeds that I have on that list, they not only lay more eggs they also lay bigger eggs! How is that possible?

 I really think it all has to do with the diet and their happiness :) and they repay me with many MANY eggs.

We eat some, we hatch some, we incubate some and we sell a lot off our farm. Here is how I keep my girls happy and healthy.

At least every other day I give them a few handfulls of whole corn mixed in with a little bit of sweet feed mixed grains as a treat.
I also cut up Aloe a few times a month which they absolutely love.
In the spring and summer I give them items from my garden - they love lettuce, watermelon and cukes - who doesn't?

It takes a lot of energy for them to produce eggs, so you need to feed them a good pellet feed high in calcium and round it out with snacks that gives them energy to not only produce eggs, but helps them to keep from getting run down and scraggly looking when molting tries to set in.
I get eggs all winter long!

If you are looking to expand your flock or maybe just have the itch to become a chicken farmer and enjoy your own fresh eggs, contact us we will help in any way we can.
If you are not sure what breed you want this is a great article from The Happy Chicken Coop.

If you live in my area stop by our farm - Leaping Hens and Hooves Farm. We have fresh grade A eggs Extra Large to Jumbo collected daily, a diverse flock of laying hens, pullets, roosters, goats, kids, sheep and ducks Oh yes and our GSD that enjoys herding all of them.

#topchickenbreeds #sustainableliving #organicfarming #livingofftheland #leapinghensandhoovesfarm #localfarms #adamsrunsc

Thursday, February 9, 2017

White Pekin Ducks - Dual purpose water fowl

We have quite a variety of birds on our farm, but our ducks well they are just a sight to behold as they swim around our pond. We have 5 in total - 3 White Pekin duck males (why you don't allow your family members to buy straight run from your local farm supplier lol) and 2 Mallards. 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Homemade Whitening Toothpaste Update

Homemade toothpaste is one of those things that has about as many variations online as brands you can buy in the store. I think for the majority of us, it becomes a matter of personal preference, what you are looking for the end result to do for you and what items you already have on hand. Other than the essential oils, Most of the items you already have on hand and it takes only a few minutes to whip up a batch which will last you about month for only pennies. Compare that to $3.00-$6.00 per tube for the commercial toothpaste that is FULL of chemicals, most of which you cannot pronounce and the choice becomes pretty obvious!

Friday, September 25, 2015

How to make a Quilt from Outgrown clothes - Tshirt quilts

I had totally forgotten how much I really LOVE to sew! It has been a very long time, years actually since I have had the time to sit in front of my machine and get lost for a weekend. I finally decided a few weeks ago it was way past due.
I have always enjoyed making blankets, quilts, pillows, curtains and only occasionally clothes. With a week full of birthdays at Thanksgiving week and Christmas quickly coming in....... I realized I had never made my granddaughters any blankets or quilts. I guess I was just always to busy enjoying them and watching them grow to have that kind of time commitment.