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Meet Orko!

I have been quite lax in introducing Orko, our first livestock guardian dog. He is a Great Pyrenees who came to live with us in August, and celebrated his first birthday on November 2. We adopted him from a family whose schedule required that they find him a new home. He had been a house

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Mud everywhere!

This warm December weather has been so very strange. Today it was so warm that I was working outside in a tank top. the recent rains have refilled the pond (which is nice), but have also turned every part of the farm to MUD (which is not nice). It’s slippery, sloppy, stinky and gross. I’m

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Goats!

After considering it for some time, we finally went ahead and added dairy goats to Double Forte Farm! We purchased two doelings (young, female goats): Calliope was born April 24, 2015 and is a Nubian. Don’t you just love those long ears?! She came from Hock Newberry Farm in Virginia. (This beautiful photo was taken

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Saber is now a gelding

[Originally posted September 16, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] No photos this time, but I wanted to post an important update in Saber’s life: he is now a gelding! He was gelded yesterday and gave us a few scary moments with excessive bleeding after the surgery. The vet had to come back and stitch him up to

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Double Forte Farm

[Originally posted August 10, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] After a long silence (mea culpa – I plead National Music Festival, then a concert in North Carolina, then illness, then catching up) I am excited to write this update on our summer activities, and especially on the status of our little farm. Our most exciting news is

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Saber update: Week 2

[Originally posted May 13, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] Saber has been with us two weeks today, and is much improved!   His ribs are still visible, but less than they were.  

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Weekends on the farm

[Originally posted May 10, 2014] I try to find a little time each weekend to work on farm projects – although as the 2014 National Music Festival approaches, that times becomes more limited!  Today I planted leeks, Christmas lima beans, Amish Pie squash and Marina di Chioggia squash.  (A few days ago my mother and

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Saber’s progress: Week 1

[Originally posted May 6, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] Saber has been here one week and I think he is already looking a little better! He seems happy here, and he and the geldings are sorting things out. We look forward to watching him blossom and seeing him find the perfect new home. On Thursday morning Saber

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Meet Saber

[Originally posted April 30, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] As of last night, we are fostering Saber Bey SV, an almost-19-year-old Arabian Stallion, for the Arabian Rescue Mission. (If you are not familiar with ARM’s great work, please check them out at http://www.arabianrescuemission.org/.) Saber’s owners lost their home, and he was in danger of being seized by

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Chicks!

[Originally posted April 27, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] This post is three weeks overdue, but better late than never, right? When April 3 rolled around, I was checking the incubator frequently and waiting eagerly for the first egg to hatch. As it turns out, I had a much smaller hatch than I hope for, and they

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Grapevines and garden fences

[Originally posted March 28, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] Last Saturday I planted our 11 grapevines!  (I would have posted this sooner, but technical problems didn’t allow me to upload the photos until tonight.) Before ordering our vines, I measured the area where we determined we would plant them – on two sides of the fence around

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Meet the animals: Dante

[Originally posted March 19, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] Meet Dante! We rescued Dante from the Camelot auction in New Jersey last August. We knew we would soon be moving to our new home and wanted a companion for Casidy – I was thinking of fostering a horse for a rescue, but then saw this cutie on

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Poultry comes and poultry goes

[Originally posted March 18, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog.] It has been a time of comings and goings recently in the land of RosenPatton poultry. We acquired our new chicks and ducklings, and have had three departures in the last two days. On Sunday a lovely gentleman purchased our pair of White Chinese geese. We were having

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A turkey in the laundry room

[Originally posted March 10, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] On Saturday afternoon, I had to go to a concert two hours away as part of my duties as a music panelist for the Maryland State Arts Council. It was a beautiful day for a drive, and I really enjoyed myself, driving through the sunshine and thinking of

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…and ducklings…

[Originally posted March 7, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog.] The other day I wrote about my new peeps. Those little cuties now have some new housemates – six little Black Australorp chicks, and (perhaps even cuter, if that’s possible) six Khaki Campbell ducklings. In the car with a box of ducklings and a box of chicks. I

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Peeps!

[Originally posted March 4, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog.] I have to confess, one of the reasons I chose to start this blog now is that I have 10 chicks in the house, and I wanted to post cute photos and videos. My husband, Richard, went to do some errands on February 24, and texted me this

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Meet the animals: Casidy

Riding Casidy. Summer 2008. [Originally posted March 3, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] I’m planning to write a series of posts introducing you to the various critters, large and small, who make their home here. Casidy is the eldest and has been with me the longest, so he gets the honor of being profiled first. Casidy was

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Blogging at last!

[Originally posted March 3, 2014 at caitlinpatton.com/blog] I’ve been talking about starting this blog for a while now, and since today is a snow day, this seemed like a good time to get started.  The purpose of this blog is to chronicle my farming/homesteading/gardening/poultry-raising/general country life fun and adventures.  And maybe misadventures. For those who

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