|Aaron explaining how double digging works|
|Butch and our beautiful classroom|
|Part of the garden, along with the greenhouse|
|The perennial, edible landscaping section of the garden|
That night when I got home the kids were waiting for me with ducklings! Each child gave me a duckling and told me "Happy Birthday, Mama!" While I was giggling and getting tons of ducky love Mike brought out the present he got me, a pressure canner! It is an older one (maybe from the 60's) and needs a couple of parts, but it is super sturdy and he was able to order the parts online. I'm so excited that I'll be able to can meat and veggies this summer!! With the water bath canner he got me for Christmas I can now can anything I want! Then we had dinner and German Chocolate cake and ice cream.
|Duck, Duck, Duck, and Goose|
|My pressure canner|
|Mike insists on a candle for every year, it got a little scary for a minute|
|Gabe loves birthdays, even if they're not his|
|Everyone got to try to milk the cow|
|Here, the professional shows us how it's done with the goat|
|Blackberries and grapes|
All in all, it was an amazing weekend. I'm sure I have forgotten some of the stuff they covered, because I don't have my notebook next to me as I write this. If you are interested in homesteading, though, I highly recommend this class. The school offers tons of other classes too, everything from organic gardening to horse farming (farming with draft horses, not raising horses.) The cheese classes are next on my list.
So that's it for now, I have tons of chores to catch up on around here. Have a great week everyone, Blessed Be...