Mack Hill Farm was originally located in Marlow, in southwest New Hampshire. <1--The image used at the top of the page is a shot that Frank took in the summer of 2004. I submitted it to a People, Places, Plants photo contest and we won, in the “place” category that year.–>
In the Fall of 2012, we moved all of our animals to a new little place on 16 acres in Windsor, Vermont.
In the Spring of 2015 we moved to a few acres in Kirbyville MO. The previous winter was the worst in 90 years in the Connecticut Valley, and we just weren’t up for any more. The plow guy gave up on our hill. If you’re from the North Country you know what that means.
We brought our birds, and the goats, but that’s all. Fortunately we got electric fence in first, so the dogs and the goats stay in. We also brought our woven wire fence which I’m slowly putting up to keep the birds in.
We had a rock farm in Marlow. That means that rocks are your best crop. Here in the Ozarks, rocks aren’t a crop, rocks are the land. You have to raise soil before you can raise any other crop. Raised beds and bird poop are slowly doing this.
Currently we have a small flock of fainting goats and chickens, ducks and geese. We like the fainting goats because they’re timid homebodies.
The journal dates back to 2000 and reflects a gradual change from ‘pretty’ gardening to trying to be a paying farm. Older images were stored locally in a Gallery II installation which is now unfortunately down, newer ones are hosted on Flickr.
As the mood strikes we’re cataloging our book collection on LibraryThing. It’s fun comparing our tags and collections with those of others, and the shelving information alone is worth the $25 lifetime membership.