Lacto-Fermenting Your Home-Grown Jalapeños

There are never enough peppers in my house! Fresh, pickled, canned with tomatoes (like Rotel)…sliced or diced on pizza, burgers, fajitas…in ketchup, on the griddle, etc. etc. etc.—there are just never enough, which is why I’m so super stoked that my garden is producing so prolifically 3 different peppers this year: jalapeños, serranos (both hot […]

Our Babies Are Gone

It’s been a fantastic first year of learning about breeding, kidding, milking, selling babies, and everything else that raising goats has entailed. I am so happy to say that Stone Family Farmstead has successfully completed its first year of raising goats, and we are excited about our second year! Pugsley went home with his family […]

New Chicks, New Ducks

Just a quick pass-through to let y’all know that Stone Family Farmstead has now acquired its new flock of chickens, and also added some Khaki Campbell ducks to the mix. We will write more later, but here are some photos for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy~ (Some of the ducks you see are Golden 300’s, which […]

Chickens Out, Chickens In

One of the hardest things about farm life is the way we mustn’t allow ourselves to get too attached to our livestock, because inevitably, they die, they need to be replaced because they are no longer a working animal, we eat them (well, not us, but some people do), or one of myriad other reasons. […]

We’ve Got Milk!

Remember that old “Got Milk?” slogan? Then everyone turned it around for their own benefit and put the word “Got” with whatever it was they were selling? I can’t tell you how annoying that was for me for years after the original slogan was coined (which I didn’t mind at all, by the way). I […]

Kidding Date is Closing In: Goat Kids for Sale Soon

If you are interested in owning and raising Nigerian Dwarf Dairy Goats, and you are in Southern California, we will have some available next month. Our Still Waters Ranch Willow is almost ready to pop! Willow’s babies are due mid April, and will be dam-raised, so they won’t be weaned and available until around July, […]

Introducing Them to the Outside World: Hardening Off Your Seedlings for Planting

If seeds are a promise of what’s to come, seedlings are the path in which it will take to fruition. So you’ve got all of your happy little seedlings growing and thriving in your growing room, greenhouse, light hut, or whatever it is that you grow them in, and spring is nearing faster than you […]

Herbal Home Wound Care for Cats

If you have been homesteading long, you may have found that having cats on the premises to control vermin is a helpful addition to your property. Since long before we started our homesteading endeavor, we have kept cats who did just that on our property, and it’s been a fantastically symbiotic relationship–we both benefit from […]

Update and Kidding Season

I know. It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything here on the blog. Life gets in the way of things, doesn’t it? If I could describe the past 5 months, I would have to say BUSY. What’s new, though, right? We’re always busy here, as are you and everyone else on the planet. […]

This Week{end} on the Farmstead, September 13

Good morning and happy weekend to you all! It’s been a while since I’ve put my hands to keyboard here at SFF, but I’m here, and it’s been a busy summer for us here. I’ll not break things up in my usual format, but rather, I’ll just ramble a bit about what has been going […]


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