The Life and Times of the Urban Farmer

Last February, 2014, I finally decided to take the plunge and purchase my first set of chicks from the local feed store. I had dreamed of owning chickens since purchasing my home a year earlier and now it was happening. I’ve compiled my posts about the life as an urban farmer…enjoy!

Jump ahead three years and I’ve also added bee keeping to the list. Watch as I learn the ways of the bees and share my love for the hive!

Dogs Will Always Be Dogs

Several weeks ago, while shopping at Stockdales for some chicken feed, my kids and I came across their most adorable bin of chicks. Well, why not I said, we had just hatched out two silkie chicks the week before, certainly we could use more, right? We left with two Americana chicks and smiles a mile… Read More »

Carrigan's Joy in 2014

Never miss an update by Liking Carrigan’s Joy on Facebook!   Last night I spent a wonderful hour with a great group of people on Mamavation TV. The focus was Healthy, Sustainable, Toxic-Free Goals for 2014. I actually started the night with very few goals but by the time the night was over, and after… Read More »

Thoughts From The Beehive: Living like a bee.

As I sit out next to the hive, enjoying the morning with my coffee and bees, I’m left asking myself, “why don’t I live like a bee?” Bees take life straight on and live it fully. They enter the world ready to work, to take up their job of caring for others and the hive,… Read More »923

Beekeeping: Beetle Blasters

My husband and I recently installed Beetle Blasters into the hive. According to Wikipedia : The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) is a beekeeping pest.[1] It is endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, but has spread to many other locations, including North America, Australia, and the Philippines. The small hive beetle can be a destructive pest of honey… Read More »923

Bees: Sugar Water

We finally brought our bees home!! I’ve been apart of a bee mentorship since the beginning of the year and this past weekend it was time to bring the girls home. We transported them at night, after sealing up the hive with duct tape and straps. Everyone seemed to handle the trip well and by… Read More »923


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