Capricorn Acres

Capricorn Acres We are a small farm nestled in Northern Lower Michigan. Follow us as we strive to achieve a self reliant lifestyle, sharing our trials and tribulations.
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Goat power!
05/20/2021
Max Wade on TikTok

Goat power!

Time lapse videos are so darn fun. #covercrop #organicfarming #rotationalgrazing ##sustainablefarming #cowboymax

A whole bunch of neat ideas!
04/06/2020

A whole bunch of neat ideas!

Gift basket like ideas ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ“

Another side project. I decided to grow some sprouts. I love them on sandwiches or mixed in eggs. In the jar is a salad ...
03/27/2020

Another side project.

I decided to grow some sprouts. I love them on sandwiches or mixed in eggs. In the jar is a salad blend. I used 1 T of seed. Rinsed them a couple times and covered them in water. They will sit overnight in a dark place. Then I will rinse them twice a day, leaving the jar upside down and at an angle as to drain. Doing this every day for 4-6 days until they have spouted. They will be refrigerated when ready.

There is a lot of good info about sprouting on the internet. As well as warnings due to the risk of food borne illness. Personally I feel that I would rather try growing fresh greens then going out shopping during this current health crisis. Please stay healthy and remain home as much as possible.

Feeling under the weather in our house. I decided to make use of some pears. A really simple recipe.Baked pearsHeat oven...
03/27/2020

Feeling under the weather in our house. I decided to make use of some pears. A really simple recipe.

Baked pears
Heat oven to 375ยฐ
Cut pears in half. Use a melon baller to take out the core.
Place halves on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment.
Mix together a sweetener with cinnamon. I used about 1/4 a cup of natural sugar with 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Add one pat of real butter per pear 1/2 and a splash a vanilla extract. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the pears are soft.

Eat alone or with some ice cream.

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01/26/2020

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helpful plant info

09/14/2019
It's Gone Viral

Cow see, cow do?

"I can't stop watching these cows that think they have to jump over the white line!" ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ˜‚

Spiral Out
09/07/2019

Spiral Out

Piney Creek Farm KuneKunes
09/02/2019

Piney Creek Farm KuneKunes

Tonganui/Wilsonโ€™s Gina ๐Ÿ˜

Maya Mountain Research Farm
08/23/2019

Maya Mountain Research Farm

Zucchini Garlic Bites
08/20/2019
Zucchini Garlic Bites

Zucchini Garlic Bites

This tasty zucchini garlic bites recipe combines shredded zucchini with garlic, Parmesan cheese, fresh herbs,

So lovely
08/19/2019

So lovely

Cypripedium fargesii ~ Dwarf Slipper Orchid

Pratt Family Homestead
08/17/2019

Pratt Family Homestead

This one hive of mine has such trouble makers in it. Everytime I pop the top I have to clean up this mess. Only this hive. The other hives have a very little bit of this going on. A very little bit. This hive though is crazy!

HAPPY NATIONAL HONEY BEE DAY!!

#homestead #bee #beehive #bees #honey #crazybees #NationalHoneyBeeDay

The Tattooed Gardener
08/16/2019

The Tattooed Gardener

The Paleo Mom
08/16/2019

The Paleo Mom

Fun fact: those insect-eaten holey kale leaves (or any other leafy green) are actually better for you then their unassaulted counterparts!!

Okay, so we all know that I'm a plant phytochemical nerd. I believe that one of the keys to health is consuming lots of them (which means eating lots of veggies, but also seeking out those veggies that have a higher density of phytochemicals, like wild plants and like local organic produce grown in high quality soil). So, when one of my local farmers mentioned this fun fact to me today, I just had to look it up!

And it's true! Plants are smarter than we think! They actually

Leaves normally release small quantities of a class of phytochemical called "plant volatiles". While the name sounds a little intimidating, plant volatiles are known to have very strong anti-cancer and antioxidant properties--meaning, it's improves health to eat them (this is one of the classes of compounds in plants credited with the ubiquitous health benefits of high-veggie diets).

When a leaf is damaged by herbivorous insects (yes, insects can be herbivores, carnivores or omnivores too!), many more plant volatiles are released. Exactly which plant volatiles are produced varies both by the plant species and by the species of that's eating it.

Why does the plant do this? These volatiles attract both parasitic and predatory insects that are natural enemies of the herbivore insects eating the plant--meaning, it's the plant's way of recruiting help defending itself. The plant attracts other insects that like to eat the insects that are eating it. Isn't that amazing?! These plant volatiles can even signal to neighboring plants to increase their defense responses too!

So, woohoo to plants for having such a sophisticated defense strategy. But, even better for us? This means that we're getting more antioxidant goodness when we eat those organically-grown leafy greens that have some insect holes in them--you know, the same ones no one else wants to buy so your farmer sells them to you on the cheap?!?! It also means we don't need to get quite so worked up about aphids eating up our vegetable gardens--they're doing us a favor! This is also why strategies like crushing garlic 10 minutes before you add it to whatever you're cooking increases the antioxidant properties.

And thanks to Fry Farm for sharing this fun fact with me!

Smart!
08/10/2019

Smart!

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The Tattooed Gardener
08/07/2019

The Tattooed Gardener

07/28/2019
Vastago

Vastago

- inge y que hacen en sus tiempos libres en el campo?
- A pues...
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Garden Naturally Group
07/02/2019

Garden Naturally Group

Hard work, no fancy tools needed.
06/24/2019

Hard work, no fancy tools needed.

I see it all over the internet....
"MUST HAVE TOOLS TO HOMESTEAD"
kind of headlines. Most are talking about place that have electricity or a generator.

When we built the yurt we had nothing but hand tools. Especially after all Bill's tools got stolen. We had no access to a tractor or large equipment nor the money for the gas...

So here is my list of non-electrical tools:

โ€ขProper work Gloves
โ€ขPick ax
โ€ขSmall chainsaw(or a friend or family member with a big powerful one you can borrow)
โ€ขHandsaw
โ€ขLong and short handled pruning shears
โ€ขAxe, hatchet, splitting maul and wedges
โ€ขShovel and spade
โ€ขRake and leaf rake
โ€ขPitchfork
โ€ขWheelbarrow
โ€ขHammer
โ€ขScrewdriver
โ€ข5 and 3 gallon Buckets

This list is just the basics...I am not including extra chains for the saw or nail, screws, rope, matches/lighter, etc....

That is all Bill and I had to prep the land and build the yurt. Most of which were donated or found at yardsales by people who heard we had lost all our tools to local crackheads.

~photo is of my days work and I am maybe only halfway done. Chicken manure is sticky! Especially when the roof leaked so bad...mucky mess.~

Capricorn Acres
06/20/2019

Capricorn Acres

Life has been much slower here with our kids growing, graduating and spreading their wings. The focus of our farm has be...
06/20/2019

Life has been much slower here with our kids growing, graduating and spreading their wings. The focus of our farm has been much more relaxed. Having a farm is still a passion but sometimes life takes over. Out little hobby farm has dwindled to just a little spark but someday.. right now I have been enjoying smaller scale gardening and even have a share of veggies from a local CSA organic farm.

Yes! Isnโ€™t it therapeutic!
06/20/2019

Yes! Isnโ€™t it therapeutic!

Iโ€™m probably killing plants right now
(I donโ€™t let that affect my wellbeing or my chances to be creative)

Noooooo!
06/09/2019

Noooooo!

05/22/2019
Pratt Family Homestead

What a little cutie! Pratt Family Homestead

This clip is in our video today we just put up on @youtube . Grace finally finished dinner and brought her corn cob out to the pigs. But did she eat all of her corn? ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜…

#homeatead #PrattsPigs #PrattsPork #PrattsPasturedPork #tamworth #tamworthpigs

Repurposed Recycled Reused Reclaimed Restored
05/20/2019

Repurposed Recycled Reused Reclaimed Restored

Gardening Soul
04/30/2019

Gardening Soul

โค๏ธ Gardening!

Good to know
04/27/2019

Good to know

Not sure how up-to-date this is but we thought it was important to share, especially if you don't have pet insurance like we didn't.

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1303 W Eddy School Rd
Bellaire, MI
49615

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