Thursday, March 9, 2017

New butterfly photos from the farm


My husband Michael Davis took these photos today with my camera. 

We hold the © on all these images.  

If you would like to purchase a signed 8x10 inch print of any of the images just email me at raziel133@yahoo.com or call me at 870-321-6859.


You are welcome to enjoy them and share them for non-commercial use.


From all of us on Mahanaim Farm have a wonderful day!













The Americans are laying and back orders are now filled


These are some of our sweet Americana babies....
Eggs are now available on our website: http://www.goldendovegallery.com/hatching%20eggs.html

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Changes are happing

So Today I got rid of all but one of my Blue bar Pigeons, this cut my breeding flock down by 20 which is good I think.  It will allow me to pay more attention to the rest of the birds and focus on genetics a bit more.  who knows maybe some day I will race them again, not today, though.

This means time to move the rest around and find a long-term home for them as well as a proper head count.


These are the type I will stick with for now...


So that is all I have to report for now....From all of us on the Mountain Be Blessed....


Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring time nears

As springtime nears and the ground and trees come to life I remember to be happy that spring has once again returned to the land and with it all the possibilities that it offers. It is a chance for regrowth, for repurpose and for gratitude.  Even with all the setbacks, we have incurred, I feel that we can now rebuild and go forward with a brighter tomorrow.  


New life always settles a restless soul....






With the loss of over 20 geese last season it had sealed our fate and changed to very nature of how I will deal with thieves in the future.  It is sad that I even have to bring it up, but it was a huge amount of money for our tiny farm.  Sometimes it seems as though we can not catch a break.  Even this we will overcome and we will rebuild.  With the remaining birds, I plan to set eggs and sell as many as I can to raise money to rebuild that flock.  

This is three of the five we have left....




It was so dreadful last year that I had shut down the main producers on the farm as the cost became too high and my best stock was gone. Sometimes life is like that, sometimes it is better.  

This year the trees are in bloom early and many of the blossoms are already set. The birds we have left are starting to lay.


We have found what we believe to be a great home for Morning Sprite who was born on the farm last year.  She is full of passion and will make someone a great horse.  Her book which can be found on Amazon is started to sell and will be updated soon.




 In other news, a new ram is in the works and his name is charlie.  We hope he has a very long life with us here on Mahanaim Farm and that he and his wives provide meat for us for years to come.



Our mini greenhouse is also still holding strong and providing us with a great jump on spring growing.







I know very basic, but sometimes basic is good and this is one of those times.


A few weeks back an Armadillo had that destroyed my outside strawberry bed, I was heartbroken, but at least I had the little cutie above to rebuild with.  I have since purchased new starts and will grow them in window boxes instead of directly in the ground.  I can not take another hit on them, we enjoy strawberries far too much to lose them.  I am also replanting rhubarb as mine has been gone for a long time.  
We have already gotten the onions in the ground and the new garlic, peas, turnips and a few other things, so planting is well underway.

That is about all I have to report for the moment, I am overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I need to get done.  
So from all of us up here on the mountain much love....
From all the kids, critters and the rest of us may your day be filled with joy!



Even though I have not been able to fix the website I have listed it in case anyone in the states might need some eggs.  www.mahanaimfarm.com   The dates are bad , but you can email me with any questions before placing an order.  Be Blessed Shekhinah

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Rough year and lack of money for my degree

Being a farmer is never easy, being an older college student is worse.  I just found out with two weeks till school starts that I am out of funding.  That means I have a year of degree left with no money to pay for it.  I am currently selling off what I can to help cover the cost and in the meantime, I have started a Go-Fund-Me page.  It was all I could think to do.

I can honestly say this has been a dreadful year, but I am moving forward with my head held high because I am doing the very best I can.   I know that if I can not raise the money that my dream of a degree in Emergency Managment dies with it, but I know life is like that and I am willing to roll with the punches.  Maybe I have learned what I needed to learn, who knows...

I do know that I am grateful to everyone who has walked with me on this journey with me and my family.

Be Blessed From the mountain...




Friday, July 22, 2016

Death of pear tree

Our angry little pear one of many who fell when the tree broke, this is how it was picked up off the ground.  I was not thrilled, I was awoken to what I thought was a gun shot, only to find out it was the tree splitting.  Not a great way to start the morning off










Hundreds of pounds of pears are sitting in totes in my kitchen a the moment waiting to be made into yummy pear butter, pear pie filling and just plain pear bits.  It is a bit overwhelming to have to deal with such a tragic event and when it is 100 degrees F.   I am working on getting it done and think that it could take as long as a week to get it done.  We are of course hoping that the remaining part of the tree lives, but it is far too soon to tell.

We did take many, many pears and disperse them around the farm for the wild animals to eat and spread new seeds into the ground.  New life from the old and may the future trees be a blessing to our children and Grandchildren.

from the very hot mountain, I send blessings of hope, love, and joy!  Be good to the earth she is currently the only home we have!

Shekhinah, Michael, all the kids and critters here on the Mountain




Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Naked honey is the best

I love naked honey, fresh from the hive comb still intact. There is nothing like it in the world!  That first sticky bite, honey dripping from the comb, the delicate play of wild flavors upon your tongue, nothing can compare.

I bring this up because so many people buy honey in the store having no idea that much of it is laced with or in some cases is nothing but colored corn syrup.  In the rare instance that it might be honey, it has been heat treated with the thought of making it safer. Some honey is known to contain the botulism toxin and on many store-bought bottles, it says not to be given to children under the age of one.  while some honey does contain this toxin, I would argue that it is also found in dirt and well dirt is everywhere. 

When you heat honey to kill the toxin you also kill the good enzymes and even change the chemical structure.





No one want's to intentionally eat dead food but that could well be what you are doing if you are eating heat treated honey.

Now on to the down-falls of filtered honey, once again you remove parts of the honey that has made it one of the most eaten foods on the planet. Filtering removes pollen thought to help us to better cope with allergies, it removes tiny particles of Propolis that helps our bodies to heal and in general converts the complex sugars making it less effect for diabetics to eat and the very worst part, less tasty. 

Buy your honey from the hive and with the comb whenever possible, make sure they do not treat their bees with antibiotics because it will be in the honey.  Make sure they do not feed their bees corn syrup or white sugar, both are known to come from GMO sources and may help to cause colony collapse.

Be blessed from all of us on the mountian...