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Farm and Garden
A considerable part of our income comes from the farm.  Anyone staying for more than a couple of days is expected to help with the work in some area, and the garden is one area where there are many opportunities to learn a new practical skill.  
Here waste cardboard is being spread on the garden prior to being covered with wood chip to kill the weeds, keep the soil moist, and encourage the worms to work to the top of the soil. We grow vegetables for our own use and to sell.
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Cows
Learning to milk the cows is a lot more than just putting the cups on.  We are careful to follow strict procedures to produce quality raw milk for sale.

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 Sheep
Our sheep are good for meat and  we have a special breed that shed their wool which makes them a lot easier to care for.

Fruit

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We grow a lot of fruit for our own use and for jams (also to sell).
Here are some of our young people harvesting pears in one of our orchards.
 
Firewood

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We often have Israeli travelers coming to stay.  Here two of them are using our logsplitter to prepare fire wood for our home logfires.
 Ducks
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We raised these Peking ducks to keep the codling moth down in our orchards.  Here we see them happily swimming in their own private pond at the end of one of the orchards.

 

Chickens

We have a large flock of free-range laying hens and other breeds for meat.

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 Harvesting our wheat – this time by hand!

A brother from Germany brought with him a scythe and taught many of us how to cut the wheat.  Here one of his “pupils” is cutting wheat for the first time, and cutting it faster than the harvesters can bundle it up.

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Hand harvesting gives us an excellent opportunity for everyone to be involved.  The children enjoyed picking up the pieces left after the adults had bundled up the main clumps.
We agreed to harvest by hand this time as a practise for the time when we may not have the fuel for our combine harvester.

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Now comes the time for the threshing, (the separating of the grain from the husk).  

A good hitting of the sheaves against the tables we found was very effective, but we  trampled on them, and rolled a drum over them.

A couple of videos showing us harvesting and threshing wheat by hand.